Sunday, May 10

Looking Back: A Tiny Tail for Mother's Day

Baby Cary in the greenhouse on May 19, 2006, age two weeks.

Once upon a time I had a little lamb. Her name was Cary, and she followed me wherever I went.

This is my twenty-first year living with sheep, and those few months back in the spring and summer of 2006 were definitely the sweetest and most special for me (and for the Nanny Bear).

If you'd like to read (or reread) our story, written on Mother's Day a week after little Cary was born, you'll find A Tiny Tail here.

Baby Cary and the Nanny Bear in the kitchen garden on May 27, 2006.

A very Happy Mother's Day to all the mothers out there!

Other Mother's Days:
5/12/07: Just in Time for Mother's Day. . .
5/11/08: Mother To Be
5/11/08: Newborn Bliss
5/8/12: Green Grass, Hungry Twins
5/13/12: Chomp, Chomp
5/12/13: Happy Mothers, Lots of Lambs
5/11/14: Lokey and Her 11 Baby Chicks

Cary and the Nanny Bear in the front field on September 4, 2006.

P.S. Cary is doing just fine, and at age nine, she is now one of the oldest members of our flock. (My big pet wether, Teddy, at 11, is currently the oldest sheep on the farm, and my first two pet wethers, Chip and Chip, who lived to be 13 and 15, hold the all-time farm record.)

I decided not to breed Cary again after that first traumatic experience, but she is still an important member of the group. I've noticed lately that she seems to be the new head ewe—at least where decisions regarding eating are concerned.

P.P.S. The Tail of Two Mothers, my other favorite Mother's Day story from the farm.

©, where there can never be too many mothers (or too much cute).


  1. Oh it is so nice to have you posting again - yours is truly one of my most favorite blogs to read and I just love reading these new posts and reading the older ones in the links. Hope you had a wonderful Mother's Day, too!

    Thanks so much. xo Barb

  2. So glad to know she is doing well. I can't believe it's been nine years since she was born.

  3. Hard to imagine I've been reading your blog for that long! I remember well the story of your sweet little bummer lamb, and her love for being in the cabin. Always good to see a post up from your part of the world.

  4. Cary's story is one that got me addicted to your blog--I re-read it often. The silver lining here was following your link and seeing you beagle Robin---another favorite. Speaking of beagles, what's Bert up to these days? His fans want to know :).

  5. Thanks for all the Mother's Day recap posts all in one place! :)

  6. Sheesh! Time flies!! Winnie


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