No suspense there, huh? I'm too tired for suspense, I guess, or even very organized thought. I checked on Inky last night at 11:30; she was the only one up and eating at that hour. Before falling into bed I decided to crack the window over my head; besides liking a cool room to sleep in, I thought I just might hear something if anything happened during the night. About 6:15 this morning I heard some bumping around in the sheepfold, so I got up to check things out. Inky was breathing fast and it looked like she'd been pawing around in the straw. After waiting a half hour for more daylight, I led the other sheep out to pasture and did chores, checking in on a laboring Inky often. About 7:45 she pushed out a beautiful moorit gulmoget ewe lamb and set to work cleaning her up. Within minutes the little girl was on her feet looking for breakfast. Then Inky had a few more contractions and pushed out a black gulmoget ram lamb! He was up and looking just as quickly as his sister; what a pair! Neither of them have the side flash that Bronwen was born with, but the ram has a spray of white/light hairs on the crown of his head. (He also has horn buds, so I didn't hit the polled jackpot with him.) Both have very consistent fleeces, the girl's is tightly crimped, the boy's is more curly. They are tucked in the "lamb suite" now, colostrum in their tummies and Inky-mom still working on cleaning them off completely. So without further ado, meet Boulderneigh Blackberry (ram) and Boulderneigh Bramble (ewe):(double-click on photos to biggify)
In a few days, Miss Bronwen will have friends to play with; she's started training for lamb races already!
Counting my blessings at . . .