The Icelandic sheep is one of the world's oldest and purest breeds of sheep. Throughout its 1100 years of history, the Icelandic breed has been truly triple-purpose, treasured for its meat, fiber and milk.
To me being born and raised in Iceland the month of April has always meant the arrival of newborn lambs.
My uncle had a small sheep farm at the outset of my town and we would all celebrate the birth of the newborn lambs, and often be there to watch them come into the world. It is not unusual for the Icelandic sheep to have triplets and sometimes all a different color. That many babies at one time often lead to the smallest and weakest lamb being refused by the mother sheep or pushed out of the way by the stronger siblings. The small weak lamb was cared for by us, often brought home where we would feed it and care for it until it was strong enough to go back.
This meant spring was in the air in Iceland.