Winter has been relatively mild this year, but the last week has been a reminder that the ice and snow is never far away. The fields around us have been empty for many months since the cows have been moved to the sheds and the last of the silage was cut late autumn. Recently a large number of sheep have arrived and this has provided us with much needed new life to the farm. Although lambing has started at some farms, we are unlikely to see any until March. The sheep are incredibly robust animals, but by then they will hope to have seen the last of this weather.
Having watched and photographed a few sheep this time of year, you will notice that on a cold bitter day once the sun rises, they often stand still, close their eyes and almost smile towards the sun.