It's a long journey to Isojoki and back but an easy ride, the roads are good and the weather was fine. We left Espoo at 5am arrived at the farm just before 10 am and we were back here in Pojo at about 3pm, stopping for a sandwich at the deliciously peculiar swimming pool diner in Kiika - the same stopover as last year - a super friendly café where you won't find any matching plates, cutlery, chairs etc as everything looks like it came from flea markets. The food is really good but unfortunately we only had time for a sandwich. We did buy bread, fresh free-range eggs and some buns to takeaway.
Anyway... the little girls were very well behaved. At first they didn't want to leave the trailer, even when Elisa came running over to greet them. We left them alone and gradually the braver ones stepped out but it probably took almost an hour for them to settle in the field. Our neighbour took them over to their ruokapaikka (food-place) and they were all very hungry, immediately gorging themselves on oats, bread and drinking water. The fresh grass is a bit strange to them as they have mostly been eating hay rather than grass. They might be a bit "gassy" tomorrow!
Elisa is interested but a bit stand-offish. I think a couple of them tried to suckle, but she wasn't having any of that! There was a lot of bleating but they eventually settled down, near the food place. I assume they will either let Elisa take the lead or it's possible they will democratically elect their own leader: one of the bigger lambs, black with a white forehead, seems to be the bravest of the flock.
We have 20 lambs all born between 8th and 23rd March 2014. They are suomenlammas (Finnish traditional breed): we have black ones, brown ones, a grey one and YES! even one little white one! They are very very tame and quite happy to be picked up, cuddled, stroked. Of course, I already have some favourites! The grey one (I'm holding her in the photo) is so cute, and #210 (a black one) is very clingy!
Some pics... Elisa greeting the new crowd (you can enlarge the photos by clicking on them).
More pics of the flock...
4 x 21 = 84 and that's how many hoofs need clipping. It's going to be a busy weekend!