Meet and Greet the Lambs, May 25

Come to Heatherhope Farm on Saturday, May 25, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and meet and greet our 2013 crop of 21 new lambs.

Watch them follow their mothers and enjoy their lamb frolics during which they gather like a happy little gang of teens, start prancing and pronking around and from time to time race from one corner of the pasture to another.

Bring your friends and family. Children will be invited to pet a lamb or two from this year, as well as “gimmer” number 248—a female from the lamb crop of 2012 who was fed on a bottle and so is terribly cute and friendly to everyone. “Gimmer” is what they call a young female over in Britain, but this young one is so friendly that we will ask you all to suggest a proper name for her.


It’s great fun to pet a lamb. Photo by M. Gezing

We will, of course, also invite you to meet and greet Smeagol, the fat cat, and the dogs (Border Collies Cap, Abbie, Bess, Nell, Spot, Betty and Hector and trusty sheep-guardian dog, Frodo) and watch them herd and guard the flock. They love to be petted too.

If you bring your own dogs, please keep them on the leash unless invited to do otherwise. If the weather is good you can take a long walk around the back hay field.

We will have some drinks and snacks, but you are invited to bring your own picnic foods and favorite beverages too if you want to have a picnic lunch. We have picnic tables and lots of room on our lower and upper decks.

We hope the weather is delightful, but rain or shine the Meet and Greet will go on, since we can always gather in the house and the barn no matter how drippy things might get. After all, work and play never cease on the farm. All weather is good weather as long as you are dressed for it!!

No, there is never a charge for this event. The Seraphines are delighted to share the joys of the farm and the animals with good people. We only ask that, if you can, you phone (815-895-9736) or e-mail ( to let us know how many are coming. As soon as you know, let us know. But if you live life spontaneously and you can’t give us a heads-up, please feel free to just come on by anyway.

You will find directions to the farm if you go to the top of one of this web page and click on the “Directions” tab. It will give you a google map too. We are at 22417 Airport Road, Sycamore, Illinois. Airport runs from the east edge of Sycamore off of IL Route 64, south to IL Route 38. We are on the west side of the road between the Bethany Road intersection to the north of us and Barber Greene to the south of us. We are the only farm that is fenced in, and our drive is between our two fenced-in pastures.

Connie and John are excited about having you visit!

About John

John is a retired pastor of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America who has served congregations for over 40 years, including in rural, suburban, campus ministry and urban settings. His love of Border Collie sheepdogs has been fortified by his many friendships with shepherds all around the world. Nothing he has ever or will ever accomplish is as significant as the patience God, his wife and his friends have shown in putting up with his deficiencies.
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