Islands of innocence

February is lambing season in the British Isles. I have a friend who is a Welsh shepherdess. She and her husband have a sheep farm in the central highlands of Wales, and February is the busiest month on their farm. One spring my friend told me happily that they had had "a bumper crop of lambs!" Most of their ewes had given birth to twins and many to triplets!

The following year the news was not so good. Radioactive fallout from the nuclear disaster at Chernobyl had drifted across the ocean and polluted the green highlands of Cumbria, North Wales, and some areas of Northern Ireland and Scotland. My friend's lambs were just inside the "safety zone," but there was little to celebrate in the highlands that year.

Promises that are kept
February 19, 1990

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