First lamb of the year at sheep ranch

Lambing generally takes place during the month of April

Isaac Moilliet holds the first lamb born on Aveley Ranch near Vavenby this year.

Isaac Moilliet holds the first lamb born on Aveley Ranch near Vavenby this year.

Aveley Ranch’s first lamb was born on Tuesday, March 29. By March 30, three sets of twins had been born. As of April 1 there were no orphans, just one abandoned lamb.

first touristsPeople can drop in to the Moilliet family-owned ranch, which is southwest of Vavenby on Lost Creek/Birch Island Road, for self-guided tours from April 1 until April 20. Hours are 11 – 4, cost is $10 per person with children two and younger free. Hay-rides are included.

People can come for self-guided tours after Apr. 20 but there will be no hay rides. The first tourists arrived on Apr. 1.

Good food at potluck

It was a beautiful day for the March potluck luncheon on March 30 at Vavenby Christian Church. The luncheons are usually held at the church on the last Wednesday of each month, 11 – 2. They are free and are a good time to get out and socialize.

There were 14 people present, fewer than usual, but still lots of good food. Someone always brings a soup. The decrease in numbers could have been due to the warm weather or the school’s Spring Break.

The next potluck at Vavenby Christian Church will be held on Wednesday, Apr. 27. There will be no luncheons for the months of July, August, and September.

Inset photo: The first set of tourists of 2016 at Aveley Ranch near Vavenby prepare to go on a hay-ride on April 1.