This flock isn't usually this near the road, so I was excited to see how their tribe has increased since I last saw them. Nearly every mama has twins at her side. Mostly white, with a couple blackies and spotties toward the back, they must have been born in our very frigid February to be this big already.
The young guy on the left is my favorite, a spotted brown and white. I'm guessing his daddy was a Jacob sheep. What fun it would be to spin his fleece and knit it up.
There is an interesting story about how Jacob sheep got their name. In the Bible, in Genesis it says that Isaac's son Jacob, a shepherd tending his father-in-law Laban's flock to pay a debt for his wife, took the spotted sheep from the flock and bred them. From Bible times, the breed spread through Syria, across North Africa to Spain and on to England.