Did you know that Winter in Australia means lambs?
Once, when traveling through the English Countryside
in winter, a sister, a friend and I were
assailed by the most horrendous stench.
It took us a while to realise that the farmers
were spreading animal manure in their fields
by spraying it from the back of tractors.
When we stayed at a Bed and Breakfast
in a most wonderful 800 year old farmhouse in Stoke
we realised that the farm animals in England
were kept indoors in the winter in huge barns.
Now I know this isn't new to our northern hemisphere
friends...but to me it was a revelation.
Cleaning out the barn and spreading the manure
is not a job Aussie farmers have to do during winter.
Our cattle and sheep live outdoors all year round and dine on grass.
Not only that...lambs and calves are born in winter.
Shearing is also often done in the cooler months.
The farm over the creek has mostly sheep
and it is a noisy place this time of year as the ewes
and lambs keep in contact.
I love being outside and hearing them chat to each other.
They are destined to be 'Spring Lamb',
of which Australians are very fond.
Roast leg of lamb being almost a national dish.
When their babies are taken away to market,
the ewes will call mournfully for
a couple of days before moving on with their
I don't enjoy that sound so much.
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They warm the cockles of my heart.
Here is another post from someone who isn't joining in Winter Wednesdays officially....but it was such a good winter post, I couldn't resist linking.
Now, don't ewe be sheepish!
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