Well, we have one ewe left to lamb, we're halfway through calving, and it's time to start cultivating the arable fields ........so this week we've all been helping out in various ways.
Here's some photos of Steve's ploughing - nice straight furrows!
As we celebrate the resurrection life of Jesus this Easter, we're seeing lots of new life appear amongst the animals......
The fields are full of sheep and lambs, with only 20 or so ewes left to lamb, bringing the total of lambs to nearly 400. Thankfully the cold snap last week was only a short blip in what has been really kind weather so it seems to have gone relatively smoothly...Sooty is Rachel's only pet lamb!
There are 6 calves so far; this one had a lovely set of twins:
Eleven out of twelve goose eggs hatched, giving the mother goose (Holly), quite a large brood of goslings to look after! Ivor (the gander) is being a very protective father......
We are a family from Conwy, North Wales and have been living and working on Ynys Enlli since October 2007.
We look after the island farm which consists of 310 Welsh mountain sheep, 20-30 Welsh Black cattle and various poultry, as well as managing the land. Jo also works for the RSPB monitoring aspects of the island's ecology, mainly the vegetation.
Rachel and Ben have been home-schooled during their time on Enlli. Rachel is now in her second year of a Degree in Drawing at Falmouth university, while Ben has started a Degree in Conservation Ecology with Exeter uni, also based in Falmouth.
Ynys Enlli is a very special place and we feel privileged to be involved in the stewardship of such a beautiful island, as well as to be part of the ongoing prayer and worship that has been characteristic of Enlli for centuries.
Rachel (and Squill), Jo (and Celyn), Steve and Ben (and Tia)