So the past few weeks have gone past in a blur, we have a new addition to the family, our little kitten who has almost doubled in size since the end of January.
We’ve visited The Brunel Museum in London, it was incredible the feats of engineering they managed with the limited tools they had, the danger was very real and men risked their lives. The boys were quite inspired, it was their idea to visit. Its a tiny place in the original pump tower a few mins walk from Canada Water, I recommend it.
We finally visited the local farm for the lambing weekend, this is something we’ve planned to do every year and never got round to, usually because of the awful weather at this time of year. The lambs were incredibly cute of course.The boys enjoyed getting up close to beef cattle, they were huge, petting horses, goats and seeing the ducks, geese and chickens. We gave the pigs a wide berth , we could smell them, that was enough for us !
I found the shed which housed the still pregnant sheep in was my favourite place, each sheep was sat looking tired, fed up and eating steadily, just like any mother who goes over her due date by a week !! Seeing the baby lambs moving while still inside their mother was amazing, and we think our baby’s kick hurt !
There was a little notice to say that when the sheep goes into labour, they don’t move her or disturb her in anyway, they let her get on with it, it towards the end she needs a hand then they will step in, but they try not to. I wish trainee and some more experienced midwives were made to visit farms more and see that nature takes its course, you don’t hear of sheep epidurals or c sections !
We’ve been making the most of our local area, our budget means trips into the city are rare, but we’ve discovered that King Harold (the one shot in the eye at the battle of Hastings) is buried in the next town, so we’ll be doing a trip to Waltham Abbey sometime soon to have a look at his tomb as we’ve been researching the ancient history of Briton. A trip to Hastings to finish off the project would be nice.