While we live surrounded by a dairy farm, our closest neighbours are actually a flock of sheep (white-faced Leicesters and dark-faced Suffolks) living in a blue barn and the adjacent field. This is a very busy time of year in the sheep barn - almost all ewes lamb in February and March.
However, on a hot July evening in 2007, I was working in my garden, when I heard a couple of plaintive bleats in the field on the other side of the fence. I climbed over and discovered two newly-born lambs lying in the grass beside the ewe. My friend, the owner of the sheep was very surprised when I appeared at his door and told him about my discovery.
One of the two lambs is now an excellent ewe, one of the best in the flock. She gave birth to two lambs this evening. Below is a photo taken a very few minutes after the birthing process.