The Joys Of Springtime.
When you think of Springtime what comes to mind?. Do you think of the warmer weather coming, longer evenings, look forward to seeing the ground burst into colour and all the shades of green return to the trees?. I think those are some of the things people think of but if you live one a farm your thoughts when someone says springtime can be a little different. Yes we still long for the brighter days, warmer weather and some growth but springtime signals long hours, lack of sleep, lots of new four legged babies and all the stress and pressure of that comes with this time of the year. If you are married to, partner to or just starting to date a farmer be they male or female it can be a lonely time of the year.
Take our house for example, we are lambing now for well over a month and I can count on one hand the amount of nights the farmer has slept in our bed. He sleeps downstairs because he does the late night/ early morning ewe checks so as not to wake me he doesn't sleep upstairs. We pass each other during our days work, sharing a quick hello, how is your day and do you need anything before we get to the many jobs that need doing. Being so tired, working so hard and then not having your support person can make it a lonely time.
The next pressure of springtime is all the new arrivals, this is the same for whatever animal you have be it cows, sheep, pigs, horses, goats or anything else. New arrivals need care, they need attention and so do new mothers. There will be the strong, healthy ones that just come into the world and keep going. There are the weak ones who need some extra care and the mothers who put so much into their babies they leave nothing for themselves. Then there are the ones who are just not ment for this world and now matter what you do you can't get them to stay, these break your heart. Then lastly you have the ones that just can't manage without help from their humans, ones that are to weak to suck their mothers so we feed them with bottles and the ones that the mothers reject these are our pets.
The next pressure this year was the weather, we had snow in Ireland which is nearly unheard of for March and then it came back a second time.
This has really effect when we let out the ewes and lambs to grass and how much grass they have to eat but we can't change nature only try and work the best we can with what is thrown at us.
These are the reasons I haven't written a blog post in a month. In between ewe yard work, my day job, teaching lesson and evening ewe checks my time has been very limited. In saying all the above my spring so far hasn't been all bad. We had a wedding of two very good friends which was a lovely break from the daily routine. I have been doing a lot of reading in between jobs and night checks on sheep and I have started watching a totally addictive series which I will tell you more about this week.
I have the next two weeks off from work because it's the school Easter holidays and because I am off it will give me nearly six more hours in my day so I am hoping I will be able to spend a little more time here. I have been on my Instagram but only using stories to share my days other than that my social media hasn't seen me much. We have about another three to four weeks left till all ewes have lambed so I might still be quieter than normal but I wanted to let you all know what I have been up to and not that I had just given up blogging and all things social media.
How has your spring been so far? did you get snow? leave a comment below of find me on my social media links all below.