Standing room only

Even though they live in a sheep barn that’s big enough to play rugby in, the lambs always seem to snooze piled on top of one another. At night they will seek out their mothers for company, but during the day they have slumber parties where the sole aim is to cram in as many kilos of lamb per square metre, without suffocating those on the lower levels.

Préalpes lambs

I suppose the human equivalent would be to squeeze as many people as possible into a phone box and then have them take a short nap. Not my idea of fun, but somebody, somewhere has probably already tried it.

Préalpes lambs

And when the lambs aren’t dozing, they’re climbing and any ewe is fair game for this particular sport. Ewes that are lying down make for an easy target. Standing sheep imply a slightly more athletic approach by the lamb, including a run-up and inelegant sprawl on their back, followed by a desperate scramble for a foothold in the wool and the inevitable slide back down to the straw.

Préalpes lambs

P.S. After hearing your howls of injustice about how I bask in 300 days of sunshine a year, I just wanted to reassure you that today we had the same weather conditions as most other people in the northern hemisphere. I took this photo a while back, but today was identical. Even the rainbow made an appearance.

Rainbow in the Alps

So I shall leave you happy in the knowledge and smug satisfaction that it is raining here too. In fact, at the moment it’s pouring.

Hope that makes you feel better 🙂

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10 Responses to Standing room only

  1. tut-tut says:

    I wouldn’t mind a torrent in that lovely backdrop! Happy weekend to you, though I know you will be busy . . .

  2. Lizzy says:

    I’ve seen baby farm animals huddle together before but I’ve never seen the back standing. Too funny! I can’t imagine having my kids standing on my back like that!

    I’m one of those evil people who finds joy in your bad weather =)

  3. Deborah says:

    It’s raining this side of France too!

  4. Just too darn cute!!! Thanks for sharing the rain. Yes, I am feeling smug in the bright sunny day here. 🙂

  5. Kathleen says:

    Rain could certainly not diminish the beauty of your landscape. Gorgeous. And the lambs are adorable…….okay, trying real hard not to picture where/how they will end up…..

  6. Lambs are too darn funny…they’re quirky little animals 🙂 And that’s a fabulous rainbow…we’ve been gray and rainy for a while now.

  7. Heidi says:

    The pictures are GREAT. The sheep are hilarious, but even the rain picture is great. I am still envious 🙂


  8. David says:

    They are so cute (and tasty too!)


  9. J says:

    Oh yes! That pic of the rain just looks terrible! Makes me feel all better as we finally got past 2-degree F. wind chills and 5″ of snow to see that in the lush green valley below the snow-capped mountain it can rain… and then give you a lovely arching rainbow with the sun glinting off of it. Yes, now I see how you suffer too. Oh yeah, all better now as I look out on the dull brownish lawn and the gray skies, threatening rain. So glad you cheered me up! You’ve a gift for it… a genuine gift… 😉

  10. York says:

    Thank you for sharing your wonderful pictures and stories. You cheered me up on a rainy cold day 🙂

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