Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Blogging and lambing

Sometimes I'm asked how I manage to post to my blogs so often. Much of it, I have come to realize, is a need to create with words and pictures. But it doesn't just flow out; I do have to work at it. A satisfying work, to be sure, but effort still.

In the interview with Madeline L'Engle I linked to in yesterday's post (it's fantastic; I hope you'll read it), she said "inspiration comes during rather than before." That is a message I first heard decades ago from one of my college art professors; basically the adage that "art is 99% perspiration and 1% inspiration." So true!


The other day I received a surprise in the mail from blogpal Sandra. Even though I don't have lambs coming this spring, I hope to breed again in the future, and this handy little book is just what I've been wishing for since my first lambing seven years ago. In fact, I'm going to use it to document all the lambs born on Boulderneigh (since there haven't been that many) so it will be a complete record from the beginning. That will give me a good excuse to look back through my photo files for a 'lamb fix,' and while I'm at it, I'll post a photo of each lamb here, too. So stay tuned for cute!

That's it for today from . . .


  1. I want to thank you for that link - the interview was very thought-provoking and the timing was perfect.

  2. From where does one acquire such a booklet?

  3. Enjoying the blog as always. I wonder if they have a little book like that for rabbit raising? Love the link too!

  4. You are most welcome, Susan!

    Karen, I have no idea; I was just a blessed recipient!

    Amora, I don't know. I wonder if you could adapt a puppy records book, since both species have litters.

  5. I finally started making my 'own' lambing book a few years ago. The Shepherd magazine used to theirs booklets available at their booths, but I found that it just wasn't 'quite enough' for us Shetland breeders with all the colors and markings we get. Theirs was geared to market lambs. So, improvised and made a book in excel. Print off on cardstock with a cardstock binder and voila! my own lambing book. Plus, I can personalize the outside with our farm name and the year. Fits in the pocket or the bucket I hang on the outside of the pens. With 100 lambs this year (which is less than the last few years!) it comes in handy.

  6. so glad it arrived safely; I didn't know you weren't lambing...sorry! I found the lambing book at a thrift store.


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