This was one of the fastest lambings ever – with all four ewes lambing in four days. After the triplets and single of last week, we finished with triplets and twins on the same day. So that’s nine lambs this year – seven ewe lambs and two ram lambs. Naturally, this being a year where we’d had pre-orders for three ram lambs, Fate decided that only two of nine lambs were male. Sod’s Law is strong in Normandy.
So the lambing pens have been dismantled, the lamb cam taken down, and all the sheep returned to their pasture. Here we see a ewe, full of the joys of spring – and perhaps thinking of forming a family singing group for France Has Sheepy Talent –entertaining the other ewes with a song.
Of course with all these mothers and new-borns in close proximity – and all of them looking pretty much alike – a lot of the time is spent trying to work out who’s who and which ones should be where. Here we see a typical melee with mums and lambs racing back and forth trying to find everyone.
Chris Dolley is a NY Times bestselling author living in France with a frightening number of animals. His novelette, What Ho, Automaton! was a finalist for the 2012 WSFA Small Press Award for short fiction. More information about his other work can be found on his BVC bookshelf .
An Unsafe Pair of Hands – a quirky murder mystery set in rural England charting the descent and rise of a detective on the verge of a nervous breakdown. Which will break first? The case, or DCI Shand?
Medium Dead – a fun urban fantasy chronicling the crime fighting adventures of Brenda – a reluctant medium – and Brian – a Vigilante Demon with an impish sense of humour. Think Stephanie Plum with magic and a dash of Carl Hiaasen.
What Ho, Automaton! – Wodehouse Steampunk. Follow the adventures of Reggie Worcester, consulting detective, and his gentleman’s personal gentle-automaton, Reeves. It’s set in an alternative 1903 where an augmented Queen Victoria is still on the throne and automata are a common sight below stairs. Humour, Mystery, Aunts and Zeppelins!
French Fried – the international bestseller – true crime, animals behaving badly and other people’s misfortunes. Imagine A Year in Provence with Miss Marple and Gerald Durrell.
International Kittens of Mystery. If you like a laugh and looking at cute kitten pictures this is the book for you. It’s a glance inside the International Kittens of Mystery – the only organisation on the planet with a plan to deal with a giant ball of wool on a collision course with Earth?
Resonance – “This is one of the most original new science fiction books I have ever read. If it is as big a hit as it deserves, it may well be this book which becomes the standard by which SF stories about … are judged.”