"If it weren't for lambing and sugaring, I'd never make it through this time of year" quoted Reeve Linbergh in Richard Brown's The View from the Kingdom. The two have always been intertwined with each other and March in New England.
A few days ago, while visiting a friend's farm, I found this newborn lamb in the field, literally minutes old.
She was the second, and much smaller, of surprise twins.
We got the farmer, who led the new family to the barn.
Farm animals know where the action is.
There, he dried her off, encouraged her to eat, and introduced her to the very inquisitive Mabel.
Others were equally inquisitive, and joined the queue.
Yesterday morning found little Fanny doing well.
I was able to hold her...
...as well as another ewe's male, much bigger despite being only a day and a half older.
You never know who is going to show up next.
Today, day three, Little Fannie is thriving - active and eating heartily.