The day the lambs came to play
Well, it is New Zealand after all!
And tis the season for pet lambs. Spring time and lambing season is upon us with every field full of calves or lambs. As in the UK, spring brings with it tempting sunny days followed by frosts and wet, wet days! This inevitably leaves a few orphan lambs needing homes for a few weeks until weaned so it really is quite normal to have a pet lamb for at least 4 weeks.
Now, the man of the house is not a big pets fan but the rest of us LOVE them so even though we decided not to have our own lambs this year, a neighbour decided our lawn looked delicious and needed a grass meal for her lambs for a couple of days - of course, we had to oblige!
Storm and Whisper loved the new grass and raced off exploring and grazing despite the rain, the kids loved trying to catch them and were fascinated by their waterproof coats (love wool!). We had our Spotty Otter jackets too so stayed just as dry!
We even had to do the bottle feeds for the day - every 4 hours! - and to teach them where in our garden to shelter when the rain got too much. Nothing quite as exciting as waving a bottle and a lamb coming running!
So, we got to borrow some pets, learn a few tricks AND get our grass cut. What a great deal, everyone is happy!
About the Author
About Me & Mine
Having lived in N. Devon for the last 12 years, we recently moved across to the other side of the world and now live in New Zealand on the North Island. Our adventurous family includes my husband Phil and 2 small cheeky children: Ramona 8½ and Eomer 5½. I have a wonderful day job as Lead teacher in the sensory unit of an SEN school and spend as much time as possible outside, exploring nature and environments both on our doorstep and further afield.
Favourite place in the world:
Hmm, that's really tough! I loved the west coast forests of British Columbia in Canada, such a humbling, incredible place - tall trees right down to the big ocean waves. There's a whole lot of other places I'd love to explore though...moving to New Zealand has opened up a whole world of new adventures and we’re slowly finding new favourites to add to the list.
Sea, mountains and forests in any combination please!
Favourite things to do outdoors:
Again, lots of favourites. Definitely a mix between walking, cycling, surfing, camping and exploring, combined with taking time to notice detail of a place, hear the sounds and absorb the changes over time and seasons. Active and quiet times are both invigorating for different reasons.