Lambing time is fast approaching. Polly, a BFL/Teeswater, is at gestational day 144 and looks like she will be first. Each year I decide upon a name theme for the lambs based upon their breed and their lineage.
Polly starts a new line at Windsor Wool. I am a big genealogy buff and she is named for my 3rd great-grandmother, Polly B. (1809-1899). Looking at the family tree, a lot of girls were called “Polly”, no matter their given names. It seems fitting she will be the queen of the ancestral lineage line. If Polly has a ewe, it will be named Sarah. Sarah was my 10th great-grandmother (1595-1659) who saved her boys by fending off Indians at Jamestown. If Polly has a ram, he will be named for my 5th great-grandfather (and Polly's grandfather) Jacob "Big Jake" (1759-1843). He was a Revolutionary War soldier that came west to Kentucky, and married a Cherokee Indian “princess” and lived with the Cherokee.
Duchess’ lambs will be named Mahala for the ewe and Tecumseh “Panther in the Sky” for the ram. Mahala was my 2nd great-grandmother (1840- ) and too, was a Cherokee Indian. Tecumseh was not my direct relative but was a great historical figure I have admired for years and has ties through the Shawnee nation to Kentucky.
Both sets of lambs are sired by “Beautiful Dreamer” a BFL/BL ram that was named for the beautiful dreamcatcher myth found in Native American legends. It is representative of absorbing and cultivating good, positive thoughts, people, dreams in to our lives while filtering, trapping and neutralizing bad, negative thoughts, people and nightmares to rid them from our lives.
Of course, there is the distinct possibility that each will not have a ewe and a ram; I could have all ewes, or just one ram. There are names a plenty in the genealogy tree to take care of this eventuality. I am trying to not plan and micromanage so much and make room in my life for alittle bit of spontaneity.
These little lambs will have big hooves to fill as this year’s theme is very special. I like to think that the people for whom they are named would take great delight in knowing the legacy of their life still lives on a little farm in Kentucky with a grand-daughter who honors their lives and their contribution to this great land.