Waffle was born the same year as my own daughter Elsie in 2015. I was pregnant at the time Waffle was born so I didn’t get as hands-on with the lambs that year as I normally would. Actually there weren’t supposed to be any lambs that year but Waffle’s dad Pancake had other ideas and jumped the fence into the ewe field. After that, we tried shutting him in the barn but within minutes he managed to scale a 5ft gate and was back with the ladies in no time. Following that, we had to tie another gate above the bottom gate to keep him in the barn until he calmed down and regained his senses. He managed to father 14 lambs during his time with the ladies and Waffle was one of them. So I can’t say I wish Pancake had not escaped because all of his lambs that year were just gorgeous and I am very grateful to have been able to keep Waffle here and her half-sister Rhubarb. They are actually cousins as well as sisters, as their mums Daffodil and Daisy are twins. Waffle is an expert fence and hurdle jumper. Despite being mostly Shetland and Soay blood she is much bigger and leggier than either of those breeds. When she was just a few days away from giving birth to her first lambs she hopped over the stock fence to rejoin the main flock. It seems she didn’t approve of being separated from her mates ready for lambing and so I left her where she was happy and she has her first lambs Liquorice and Sherbert in the middle of the flock in the midst of a rainstorm… not the best choice of birthing places.
Breed – 4th Generation crossbreed 3/4 Shetland 1/4 Soay (some Jacob in there too)
Parents – Pancake & Daffodil
Offspring – Maple (Waffle also had twin lambs called Sherbert and Liquorice who now live together with some of our other lambs in a lovely home in England)
Colour genetics – Black base / Badgerface Pattern / White Spotted
Date of birth – 28th April 2015