As you see by my last picture, we have got the yearling ewes in and they are ready to lamb any day. Since these will be their very first lambs, we will not fuss with them, but let them have their lambs on their own without our intervention. Oftentimes when you fiddle too much with these yearling ewes, they get nervous and take off and leave their lambs behind. We'll keep watch on them from field glass distance. If the weather turns extremely wet for a long period, we will get them to the Big Barn, but still let them alone for the most part. I love seeing newborn lambs on the green grass of May!
My gardening is slow-going right now. It's just not been warm enough to plant too many things. We had a low of 29* a couple of nights ago so we aren't totally out of the frost yet. So I've been busying myself outdoors with mulching. I brought over a couple of old, rotted, round bales of hay and set it on the bank near my yard. I've been forking it up and wheel barrowing it here and there where I need it. I've been mulching shrubs and trees and flowers, and I've thrown a good bunch of it over the potato patch. I've also been tossing a lot of mulch over my veggie beds. I don't really need it much yet, but I will, and I figure it might as well lay on the good soil and rot a little more and keep the weeds in the dark. Later I'll tuck it around new plants. I plan to deep mulch everything in the garden when plants get large enough, that way I'll conserve water and soil moisture as well as make a good weed barrier with it. The mulch also helps with keeping water from running down slopes and hills. The worms will love it, and so will I. Needless to say, I'm feeling it in my hands, arms, and shoulders, but I'd way rather fork hay and push a wheel barrow and have something to show for it rather than do aerobics. (I don't like exercise. I'd rather do physical work.)
I've been taking a few Epsom Salts baths to relieve my tired body and I rub my achy spots with a homemade magnesium butter. I think it helps me sleep better at night besides soothing my muscles and joints. This is the recipe I use from Wellness Mama. You can also buy magnesium lotions and creams online like this one. I like to rub it into my feet before bed. I think it helps keep my feet smoother and it really feels good too. The big plus is you get a good dose of magnesium right through your skin! Have you ever tried magnesium butter or magnesium lotions for stiffness and achy muscles? I think it's great.
Thanks for stopping by. Happy Spring! What colors are blooming where you live?
Let us dance in the sun, wearing wild flowers in our hair... ~Susan Polis Shutz