Definite Signs

There are now definite signs of Spring appearing all over Shetland.

I saw a pair of Mountain Hares or Blue Hares (Lepus timidus) in their “salt and pepper” guise.  This coat is the changeover from their white winter fur to their brown summer one.

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It is excellent camouflage and they are beginning to pair off now for the season.  I have a very soft spot for these rare little chaps.  I hadn’t seen any this winter so it was a nice surprise on my way home from visiting the mares.

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The first of the hill sheep lambs are beginning to be born.

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Time to drive very very carefully and slowly as they can be fairly kamikaze in their attitude towards life.  Shetland sheep are not the most committed of mothers sometimes either.

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The primroses (primula vulgaris) down by the stream are coming out now.

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For me, this means Spring has started and we can’t go back to Winter conditions again (though it has been known to snow in May).

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After photographing the primroses, I went to sit with The Minions who were mooching around in a field they had crawled under the fence to get to!

**** sigh ****

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Tiddles is fine after his micro-chipping experience.  We had a lovely chat and cuddle.

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The ground is drying up now (goodbye mud, it was not fun) so I sat down and watched the boys playing – probably my favourite sport.

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3 thoughts on “Definite Signs

  1. Sharrie Brockhaus

    What a wonderful picture/narrative book you could write. It would cause a great upturn in the tourist industry on your islands. …………..(but only if you want tourists)

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