Responsibility deferred

My alarm went off at 4 AM, I loaded the stoves and was out the door by quarter past. Before I go any further let us recognize that we all have moments when we simply don’t care to do what it is we know we’re supposed to do. And so it was, as I walked toward the truck, that I had one of those moments yesterday morning. What I should have done just then, given that we are in the throes of lambing, was to get a flashlight and take a walk out to the pasture to check on the ewes and for lambs that might have arrived during the night. It was cold and dark and I wanted to be at the YMCA when its doors opened at five. If I had taken that walk and a ewe had indeed lambed or was in the process of doing so it would have derailed my morning. Much to the protestations of my conscience I started up the truck, switched on the high beams, and maneuvered to scan the headlights across the flock. Sheep eyes produce particularly stunning reflections when lights are shone at them and as I finished a slow scan to the left I noticed the very bright eyes of a ewe. I knew it was a ewe because the brilliant reflections came from about knee-height off the ground. Just as I was about to pull onto the driveway I noticed the blink, blink, blink of another pair of eyes, but these were quite small and only a few inches off the ground. Oh my, I thought, that’s a very new lamb. What to do? I knew what I should have done … I should have gone out to check that everything was ok, dry the little one and trim and disinfect the umbilical. On the other hand, I could see that the lamb was on all fours, surely it could wait another couple of hours. I deliberated … and pulled onto the driveway and made my way to town. Upon my return I discovered that Aster had singled. Joanna came out to help, determined that the lamb was a little girl, trimmed her umbilical, and gave her an ear tag. Several hours later #1394 was relaxing and taking in the sunshine.


15 thoughts on “Responsibility deferred

  1. Guess these little ones are pretty self-sufficient when they need to be. I’m pretty sure the urge for coffee was pretty strong at 4 am!

  2. I think little Sheilagh is glaring a bit outraged at you in that image … ‘you slacker!’ You just tell her you are raising lambs to be independent and self sufficient adults who can take care of themselves! Oh, wait, that’s daughters we’re raising …

    • Thanks. I commented on your last post which featured the image of the statue … and I must say again that each time I see it in my reader I pause – it’s really quite something. You should have included just a bit of description along with it however … where was it taken, what is its title, and of whom is it a statue? D

      • Thank you so much for these kind words and for your very good suggestion! (I wanted to let you know that for some reason I am not notified in my “notifier” (or whatever the word is for the box at the top right-hand corner of the WP screen) or in the “notifications” list when you reply to comment. I”m not sure why that is. This happens with two other blogs that I follow, so I try to remember to check back to read your replies, but I wonder if others of your followers are having this issue. Just thought I’d mention it just in case.

        • Hmm … that’s weird. I’ve had folks report that Pairodox had dropped off their list of follows. But you’re saying that you don’t get any sort of notification of my replies to your comments, right? I’ll check my ‘options’ to see if there are any which influence that sort of behavior. Also, I noticed that you’re using a Lumix … I followed that up and was really impressed that you’ve been able to do so, so much with it. I started with a Sony Hx9v which looks to be very much like yours. I eventually made the step up to a DSLR because of glass (lenses). We’re expecting snow … I hope it doesn’t amount to much. D

    • Hey there homesteadredhead … glad you stopped by. I took a look at and it would appear that our families are into many of the same things including chickens and hogs at least. I think I remember you’re in North Carolina … I’m sure your spring is lots further along – you’re lucky. Thanks again for checking in and good luck with all of your farming adventures. By the way … are you anticipating raising meat birds along with your layers? If not … you should consider doing so, if you’ve got the ground. It’ll be a decision you’ll never regret. D

      • Hello Pairodox Farm! I agree, our families have a lot in common. We love living off the land and wouldn’t have it any other way. Our Spring is almost arrived, we had temperatures in the 20’s last night, but I think over the next few weeks the cold will begin to dissipate (yay!!). We currently only have layers at our homestead, but in the next year we are moving to 60 acres where we will definitely be raising animals for our dinner table as well. Thank you for the advice! I hope your Spring arrives soon : ) Take care!

      • Excellent! A little bit of Newfoundland. Back when we lived on Red Island, by the way, everyone raised sheep, including us. One day in the near future I’ll post a picture of our old home from the twenties and you’ll see the sheep house right next to the house. I can recall carding the wool as a young child and watching my grandmother spin … I wonder what ever happened to the wheel, which was stolen from our home when we moved away; we were planning to get it the following summer but never got the chance.

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