May 04, 2009

Newborns

Newborns

During my five days at the monastery, I stayed in a little guest cottage over by the sheep barn. A the end of April, the sheep barn is an exciting place to be. About a dozen pens are set up under the high metal roof. When one of the ewes in the barnyard goes into labor, Brother Tractor will herd her into a pen, and there she will give birth. The ewe and the newborn lambs stay in the barn for about 24 hours, while the newborns struggle to their feet and learn to nurse. As soon as he sees that the babies are eating, Brother Tractor will send a ewe and her lambs out to the pasture to make room for the next laboring sheep.

9 comments:

heidi said...

So cute.

Songbird said...

Lambs may grow up but they never get old. Love the picture!

kericronin said...

Wonderful picture!

ccw said...

Great picture; they are adorable!

Sandy said...

Adorable!

kathy a. said...

very cute! daughter pet a lamb this past weekend -- i thought of you.

JustMe said...

awwwwww, too cute!

lizardek said...

Thank you for these lamb posts. They were just what I needed at the end of a very disheartening day.

comebacknikki said...

Oh, they are so adorable!