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daisies and lambs

Our neighbour has an empty paddock where she kept 3 sheep. Over the past few years two have died, and the remaining one really did not like being, about a year ago when it saw our cows grazing in the paddock next to her, she joined the herd. She comes when we call the cows, shares their hay and runs behind when they are being herded into another paddock - she's an old dear, so the running occasionally involves a bit of pushing (by us) for her to keep up.

So, back to that empty paddock - as our neighbour didn't want the responsibility of looking after more sheep herself, and conveniently we wanted a few sheep to breed for the freezer (and to have cute lambs), over the weekend John picked up some Dorper sheep (they shed their wool so we don't have to shear them). We got a nursing mum and her lamb (a boy - he'll end up in the freezer when he's old enough) and an older lamb (a girl - future breeder). They came from an area with little grass, so poor mum looks a little rough, but she'll improve on the better grass. This paddock must seem like nirvana to them.

I drew this daisy quickly yesterday and could not decide whether to colour or shade it, so I did both.

What's your preference? Me? I like the greyscale/shading.

And, you know what? Spring is coming! This week is meant to have highs of 18C-21C all week and quite a bit of sunshine. Oh, yeah! My garden is coming alive - it won't be long until the irises give up their fabulous show. In the meantime I guess I just have to satisfy myself with daffodils and the poppy anemones. Maybe the garden explosion has been the inspiration for my sudden drawing surge!