Welcome home, Matilda the Magnificent!
A couple of years ago we sold our beloved Matilda to a wonderful shepherdess in Massachusetts who was hoping to get into dairying – making yogurts and cheeses from sheep milk. Enter Matilda. Matilda has the udder of a cow – I kid you not! For those of you who have been with us throughout the years, Matilda was the first ewe to lamb at Morning Star Meadows. Her lamb, Daisy, was stolen by Molly, and we had to spend 3 days grafting Daisy back to her mother. Matilda always had extra milk for any lambs who might need a top up. I thought she would be the perfect ewe for this new shepherdess.
But what did Matilda the Magnificent do her first AND second year at the new farm? Matilda birthed triplets – both times – like a champ! And yes – she had plenty of milk – but none to spare for the aspiring cheese maker! But that didn’t stop them from falling in love with each other. Who couldn’t? Matilda has an awesome personality! But when it came time for this shepherdess to decrease her flock size a bit, she thankfully thought of us and offered to sell Matilda back to us. It didn’t take long for us to say “yes!”
After nearly 2 years away from CT, Matilda returned on Sunday. And the consensus is – she remembers us! This was the following day – I thought I’d go and try to get some photos of her – but every time she caught sight of me she came running over for more love! So most of my photos were blurry action shots or ultra close ups as she checked out my camera!
I’m not complaining, though. We’re so happy to have her back in our flock. She settled in right away and actually led the flock into the handling pen this evening, as if she had never left us! She’s our homecoming queen and we’re quite pleased she’s back home!