Elisa and Minttu are booked in with the shearer next week. Then they come home.
We have 18 lambs (ewes) and 4 older sheep arriving on the 5th June - as long as we can get the tow bar changed on the Landrover tomorrow. Damn thing is rusted solid.
Not sure when Elisa and Minttu will turn up but we are all ready for them.
Looks like we will have 24 summer sheep altogether. And new fields for grazing too.
Last year some of the ewes took a liking to birch bark and a few of the trees have died as a result. So this year we are wrapping the trunks in plastic tubes. These are the tubes that were originally used when we planted the saplings (15 years ago). Fortunately we didn't get rid of them. I doubt if we will wrap up all the trees (approx 600) but we've protected around 50 which are closest to the sheep shed. We have fenced off a small area for the lambs when they arrive and we will gradually extend the area as we have done in previous years.
We are expecting a call any day to tell us that Elisa and Minttu are ready to return home, so Peter moved the sheep shed back into the pasture under the visakoivu (curly birch). There are about 50 birch trees that need to be protected from the nibblers: we lost six trees last year where they stripped the bark away. So that is MY next job - protecting the tree trunks. We also need to fix the fence while the ground is still soft enough to hammer in the fence posts.