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Monday, June 1, 2009

Bramble, I hardly knew you

O Goddess, let her Spirit fly
May she find peace in the Summer Lands,
May her body nurture your Earth.

Today is a sad and frustrating day. Today, my favourite lamb, dear little Bramble, was called by Mother Earth to return to the great flock. She had been the runt of twins - her brother Sven growing bigger and stronger every day. He is a handsome ram lamb and a bundle of energy. Bramble was soft and quiet, not often with the other lambs, and rarely playful. She was my favourite because I could easily pick her up and cuddle her. I did my best for her, giving her extra grain, extra greens, and allowing her quiet time by herself so that she could eat when she wanted without the bigger lambs pushing her away. Sadly, she was but a short gift.

You have been called from the place of your dwelling,
May blessed soul-friends guide you,
May helping spirits lead you,
May the Gatherer of Souls call you,
May the homeward path rise up under your feet
And lead you gladly home.

Caitlin Matthews’ Celtic Devotional

25 comments:

Terri and Randy Carlson said...

Oh, that's so sad! Did you give her a bose shot when she was born? Lambs can be such fragile little things.

Deborah said...

So sorry for your loss. It seems like a day of loss for too many of us. My little ewe lamb is in my lap hanging on by a thread.

Michelle at Boulderneigh said...

I'm so sorry to hear you last my Bramble's namesake. I lost a lamb this year, too, and still have no idea what we were dealing with. It's hard, hard, hard.

Ishtar said...

Oh, I'm so sorry for your loss! What a sweetheart. She's lucky to have been so loved!

IsobelleGoLightly said...

I'm so sorry to hear of the passing of beautiful Bramble. Blessed be and goat kisses from Isobelle.

Nancy K. said...

I'm so sorry for your loss...

Kara said...

Oh Claire I am so sorry. Do you know what was wrong? A BoSe shot now for the ohter lambs is not a bad idea. This is the first year I gave them at the recommendation of my vet. She said a lamb can be running and playing and just drop with no warning to white muscle disease.

Lisa said...

I am very sorry for your loss :(
Lisa

I need orange said...

Oh my. I'm so sorry. So young....

Flartus said...

Sorry, Claire. We get so used to all the happy stories, it's easy to forget some just don't make it. And it's so much harder when they're so gosh-darned cute!

kristi said...

I have never known something as precious as a baby lamb and having lost 2 last year I so understand your heartache....my thoughts are with you.

Mom L said...

How hard for you, Claire and Kelly - I know you love each and every one of your creatures. Much love to you both.

Nancy

Mare said...

Oh no...She was my favorite too...Such a sweet little thing...But she had the look of one who would come and beam some love and leave softly and quickly. I've had those sweet little visitors in my life too. It's so hard to say goodbye but you know they were here for a reason, if only for a little while. I'm sending you my love...mare

Totally Timmy said...

Poor laittle lamb..she was so sweet..

The Old Gray Egg said...

That's the hardest thing for me about having livestock and pets on the farm. All we can do as good stewards is to give them the best lives that we possibly can while they reside under our care.

Pamela said...

Oh my...such a sweetheart. I'm so very, very sorry.

thecrazysheeplady said...

I'm so sorry. This has been a tough spring for so many people.

d/iowa said...

i'm so sorry claire!
goodbye sweet bramble.

Split Rock Ranch said...

I'm so sorry about little Bramble. Why is it always our favorite ones who leave?! But then perhaps it is because we somehow intuitively sense their frailty that we want to nurture and love them so much.

Farm Chick Paula said...

I'm so sorry, Claire...
Godspeed sweet little Bramble..

Joanna@BooneDocksWilcox said...

gosh, so sorry to hear about sweet Bramble, loved her coloring.

Christy said...

I'm sorry, that is so hard!

Apifera Farm said...

I guess nature often takes over faster than we can sometimes, and in the long run, it might have been for the best to prevent Bramble suffering down the road. Could have been white muscle disease like some have said, not fun. You cared for her well though.

Mama said...

Many brightest blessings to you on your loss of sweet Bramble..

frolicnfibers said...

I'm so sorry for your loss Claire. You loved her well, and that's so important.