‘Cavort’ as a noun

A week ago today Tabitha’s single ram lamb, #1436, arrived at the farm. It has been quiet since. Save a bit of cold and wet weather, the busiest part of lambing lasted just five days and went smoothly. The lambs are growing well and the flock has assumed the annual cadence of spring. The ewes become increasingly unsettled as lambing approaches, but now that their time has passed they spend the warm afternoons grazing the awakening fields. The little ones are more and more independent and band together to explore the far reaches of their pastures. The ewes are aware that the lambs are away but do not worry and know that the Anatolians are with them and ever watchful. One of our annual joys of spring has always been the sight of what we call a cavort of lambs. Joanna asked that I try to photograph one this year, and doing so has been no easy task. I’ve tried on a couple of occasions and came closest just the other day. So, inasmuch as a picture is worth a thousand words, I’ll let you define cavort, in this very particular context, for yourself.

27 thoughts on “‘Cavort’ as a noun

  1. I wish you could photograph a cavort of goat kids. I love it when they get super excited and run neck-first, with their heads flailing around … lambs are a bit more dignified, I think … but not much!

  2. These are beautiful, but especially the cavort … and the one with the straw in his mouth is definitely the ring leader. I have to say that I think they look eternally happy, and innocent and so that makes me smile πŸ™‚

    1. Many have observed that smiles come easily when looking at these little things. They are indeed adorable and so innocent. They’re really a delight to live with. D PS: I’ve commented that your post concerning the Bluebell Wood warmed me from the inside – out … and made ME smile.

  3. You got it! You captured the essence of it, their movement is here is like the performers in the ice capades, moving in a swooping arc. I wonder if such play is practice for the same skills that guide their adult flocking habits?

  4. Something about lambs’ faces suggests they are in an eternally good mood. I can’t look at any of the pictures without smiling! Especially good on a day (week actually) dominated by weather you would term as “grismal.” First time I’ve encountered the term “cavort” used in that manner – how appropriate.

    1. Yes … perhaps I took liberties using the noun as a verb … call it ‘blogger’s license.’ I’m not sure I see the smiling face that you do … would it be insensitive of me to say that I don’t see much at all in the eyes and expression of any of our sheep? You’ve heard the saying, “What do you see when you look into the eyes of a sheep?” And, of course, the answer … “The back of its skull.” Yeah … sheep aren’t ever going to win any prizes for their intellect. But they do produce nice, warm, wool … I’ll give ’em that. D

    2. I agree with you Maurice, their little lamb smiles get me every time! They have what my mom would call a ‘smirky face.’ Goat kids seem to have it, too.

      D – As always, thank you for posting such great photos and words. This semester has been hectic, but after this week I plan to get caught up on the blog. Happy Monday!

      1. Hi Renee … no worries about being out-of-touch. I certainly understand how work may often get in the way of stuff we’d rather be doing. I hope your year as gone well and that you are feeling settled and centered. This is our last week and I’ll be glad to have everything graded and submitted next week. They it’s a summer of some travel, mostly northward. If you are ever in this part of the world please do consider touching base. D

  5. Just beautiful photographs. It’s a wonderful noun – I love the names given to groups of animals, a ‘raft’ of ducks, gaggle of geese, and etc.. I think of it all of the time when i’m out and about. My 3 little lambs, thus far, have been gamboling, cavorting, trampolining all over the place. More to come, though. We’re at the beginning of the lambing. Weather is not so nice. Waiting on improved, dryer, warmer days and evenings. But it’s been such a slow, cold spring…do hope it is sooner than later that there’ll be more sun, and fewer clouds.
    Thank you for sharing – beautiful!

  6. Ah, I love that first baby! I think you captured the cavort perfectly. What a joy it must be to watch these wonderful little animals! πŸ™‚ They make me smile.

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