We're heading towards Spring here in the Antipodes, and we all know what the advent of Spring brings with it, don't we ?
...apart from Hay fever
lots and lots of cute newborn animals.
Lately it seems like every time I go anywhere in the car, I'm besieged on all sides by gambolling lambs and leggy calves.
I wonder if there's a limit to how much sweetness I can cope with before I lapse into a coma :]
Anyway, today Mr Bear and I went out to Emu Creek to visit Pete and Brenda, our former [ and much missed ] next-door-neighbours, and Bear's Mama Misty and litter-mate Molly.
Since moving onto larger acreage, there's been a flurry of animal acquisitions at Capricorn Cottage, and some of them were bought already in lamb/kid to expand the gene pool.
These are the Damara Ewes - probably the goatiest looking sheep on the planet [ and note the dreadlocks of matted fleece-a-la-Buffalo. These girls shed, so they don't get shorn. Unfortunately the resulting matted felted locks are totally useless for spinning ]
They were bought already in lamb to Dorper rams - another self-shedding breed - and the resultant lambies are just the cutest things.
Then three days ago one of the new nubian does gave birth to Ms Olivia.
and her slightly-smaller-sister Valerie
They have ears that are a good two inches longer than their faces and extremely prominent buck teeth - something that I'm beginning to realise must be a nubian characteristic
The babies are currently bedded down in the kitchen, and being bottle fed three hourly. I think that's Olivia to the top of the photo.
One of the original does, Ms Scarlett, was showing signs of an imminent delivery but the obtuse little bugger was determined not to do it while I was there,
Ah well. I guess that means I'll just have to go back for another visit. Gee, life's tough isn't it?