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It’s coming!

Okay, so it’s kind of cold again tonight, but I dasn’t care — I saw a lamb today! A lot of them, in fact!

Not in our village; two villages over. The farmers carefully control lambing (by carefully controlling sexing) and ours aren’t due for another week. But it cheered me no end.

That, and everywhere around is alive with daffodils.

Funny thing, that. Daffodils don’t really propagate on their own. Not much. And the state doesn’t plant them, even though most of these are on the sides of the road on government land. This explosion of yellow that we see every Spring is because some poor bastard — or a lot of poor bastards over a lot of years — went out and bought bulbs, got on his knees and dug them in. Because he (or she) knew how awesome it would be to see them after a long Winter.

That idea cheers me up more than lambs.


Comment from S. Weasel
Time: March 26, 2018, 8:58 pm

The lamb in the pic is from two years ago. Uncle B took the photo standing in our back yard.

If that lamb was a female, this will probably be her first year as a mother.

If it was male, it’s already…returned to the soil, as it were.

Comment from Ric Fan
Time: March 26, 2018, 9:15 pm

Last year on twitter I saw farmers asking for help during lambing season. When you have a flock of hundreds, you need all the help you can get. Tough work since it is a 24/7 job.

Comment from OldFert
Time: March 26, 2018, 10:39 pm

I love Daffodils.

Comment from DurnedYankee
Time: March 26, 2018, 11:00 pm

Would this be a good time to mention the larch trees with their yellow fall foliage in Zernikow that look like a….oh!

Never mind…

Comment from tomfrompv
Time: March 27, 2018, 3:19 am

When you say “farmers”, are these old timers from families that have lived in the same house and farmed the same soil for centuries. Or is the UK full of corporate run farms?

Or worse, gentlemen farmers from the city who hire locals to do the work and visit every so often in their Land Rovers.

Comment from spanish dictionary
Time: March 27, 2018, 7:41 am

Everywhere around is alive with daffodils

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: March 27, 2018, 7:44 am

In our area, small family farms, for the most part. There are two families that own most of the land in our parish, though one is in decline since the old man died a few years ago.

Farms around here stagger production so they can rent equipment serially.

Comment from Wolfus Aurelius
Time: March 27, 2018, 6:36 pm

Yeah, bright yellow daffodils, okay, but lambs are cute. (And tasty, so I’m told.)

Comment from DurnedYankee
Time: March 27, 2018, 6:50 pm

I tend to only eat bits of them, so I can’t swear to their overall tastiness.

Comment from tomfrompv
Time: March 27, 2018, 11:45 pm

So the family farm is still viable in Britain. That’s good.

Comment from BJM
Time: March 28, 2018, 4:38 pm

Actually daffodils do propagate by seed, it takes a long time to flower, 4-5 years, but if they are in drifts along side the road or in areas where it’s unlikely that folks planted them, they were likely wind sown. They also self-propagate by cleaving off new bulblets…if someone then later plows or discs the area they could be broken up and spread.


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Time: March 29, 2018, 1:50 am

Your website is really cool and this is a great inspiring article. If that lamb was a female, this will probably be her first year as a mother.

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