Today dawned bright but breezy, ideal for getting washing out on the line before trogging the dog from the pub, up the road to see the latest in our farming world ...
This ewe seemed to want to attract my attention, she was coming close to the fence and stamping her foot.
As I approached her, she just put her head down and as I got close to the fence I realised she had a dead lamb, no obvious deformities, but a sad sight to see. I was able to inform the farmer, but luckily catching up with the lambing rates amongst our farmers, the loss rate is fairly normal and no obvious sign of Schmallenburg affected lambs. Most of the flocks are coming to the end of lambing, so it seems that this side of the border we have been lucky to escape the midge born virus.
Whilst other ewes were being suckled by energetically tail wagging twins. The whole scene was just one of farming harmony (with the exception of a few losses) which can be expected in such large flocks for this area of Wales. All in all the lambing here seems to be going well as is the calving for the cattle farmers. It's an amazing time of year to be a witness to.
I love the large vistas of farming land here, with their rolling slopes and wonderful, atmospheric skies to highlight the land beneath that seem so peaceful when the light is right. But, believe me when the weather changes (as it is due to very soon) it can seem bleak. Even so, in the worst of the weather I love the changing moods of the skies.
Meanwhile the pub chickens and roosters were making the most of an opportunity to attend church on Easter Sunday whilst the wood burner in the pub won't run short of fuel for a while ... loads of logs delivered and stacked ready for whatever the weather ... It's getting cold here!
I shall leave you with one last image from today ... daisies or days eyes?
I wish you all ... a good Easter wherever you are in the world!