While social distancing prevents Icelanders from attending concerts these days, lambs born on Maria Weiss and Magnús Erlendsson’s farm in South Iceland get to hear live music every day. Maria is a violinist and plays for the newborns daily while attending to her duties in the sheepcote.
“At this time of year you’re in the sheepcote all the time, from six in the morning until midnight, and the violin gets to come along. The sheep and lambs like the music a lot, the ewes milk very well in any case,” Maria told Vísir reporters with a laugh. She says the sheep even have a favourite song, Á Sprengisandi, a lively Icelandic folk tune about a dangerous journey.
One of the lambs born this year stands out among the crowd for its unusual colouring: it has a brown body, black forearms, white cannons, a black face and white forehead. The farmers have named her Embla. Readers can watch Maria play for her lambs and sheep on Vísir’s website.