Counting the lambs is increasingly difficult as the lambs not only sleep cuddled up close to mum, they also sleep flat and hidden in the long grass, or behind pieces of wood and run around at great speed. Then this morning, wobbling down the hill with proud first-time mum, was lamb number 22! She’s a lovely strong girl who, by the time I got there, needed a nap while mum grazed. Mum nickered quietly when I caught her lamb in the crook and picked her up. I was careful to keep the lamb in mum’s view while I quickly sprayed iodine on the umbilical and put her back on her wobbly feet. She tottered to mum, turned and gazed back at me with wide, black, confused eyes. Mum put her head down to show me her horns and suspiciously sniffed her lamb, especially where I had sprayed the iodine. A couple of hours later I came to inspect the whole flock again. New lamb was still close to mum and they were still a bit separate from the flock, so all was as it should be.
A famous song by Shubert is Shepherd on the Rock, a showcase for incredible clarinet playing with so many fast notes.
Start watching this from 9:08 and listen for the clarinet fast notes at the very end! The meaning of the words for this final section begin with “the springtime is coming, the springtime my delight”.