Life on the farm can be bittersweet. It was Russ's turn to check Destiny last night, and he didn't think much would happen before daylight after the 1:00 am checkup, but at 7:00 am he found Destiny with two living lambs and one (presumably) stillborn lamb. The living lambs are a beautifully refined black ewe and and handsome moorit ram--both carry spots-still deciding on names for them. The stillborn lamb was a black ewe whom I named Sylvia after the great poet Sylvia Plath, who also met an untimely death. Because we were not present at the birth, we'll never really know what happened. We are sad about little Sylvia, the first sheep we have ever lost in 6 years of owning sheep, but grateful that we and Destiny have two beautiful, healthy lambs to care for and love.
Jeanne Dukerschein loves animals and also has enjoyed lifelong interests in fiber arts, nature, and writing. In 2006, she learned to spin her own yarns and purchased her first Shetland ewe. Her poetry and fiber art, as well as her 20-year career as a freshwater biologist, carry common themes of nature, ecology, and