I've held back on telling you any specific news about Ethel, even though a few of you have kindly asked about her welfare. I guess in a way I was scared of jinxing things.
But now as you can see from these photos ... sorry they are blurry, Alan is no photographer or blogger ... she has a lovely little companion. And not just any companion ... her daughter.
Ethel left our land at the end of November to over-Winter with Will's flock and to spend some time with the tup (randy boy sheep). She did the same the previous year but failed to get in lamb then. This time she successfully got pregnant and on scanning it showed she was having one lamb.
As Will is an excellent shepherd it was decided she would remain with his flock in case of a difficult labour due to her dodgy old hip. But there were no problems and no complications, and a few days ago she successfully gave birth to her daughter.
Now she will have company of her own kind, her own family all year round ... and not just the company of her feathery friends
Ethel and daughter Jasmine in the blossom filled orchard back on our land.