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Monday, May 22, 2017

Swimming in Grass

This year's increased rainfall combined with a cool spring has made the grass happy.  Pastures are lush.  In spring we seem to have too much in the way of sheep food and as we don't have enough to justify making hay, we just hope the sheep will fatten up to last them into the fall.  Feast or famine I think they call it. We are now feasting!  I know soon enough the weather will turn towards the hot and dry and the grass will no longer thrive.  Enjoy it while it's here girls!

Monday, April 24, 2017

A few Family Photos

It's that time of year again.  That time of year when I dust off the camera and click lots of sheep photos.  I suppose having kids does the same thing for new parents. 
Lambs are now officially all on the ground and hopping.  9 total out of 6 ewes this year, 6 of which are ram lambs (anyone need a nice ram?).  I can be thankful they are all healthy.  Here's a few of the highlights.

 Here is Athena with her single, and a single he was;  10# 10 oz at birth (before his first drink even!!).  Mind you she is probably a mere 90 pounds.  This picture was taken the day after.
Clio and one of her twins;  a ram.

Bloom here enjoying the sun with her twins.  One I think is behind her and you can't see.  Bloom had two brown babes, the girl quite a bit darker than the boy.  The girl is small, was maybe 3# at birth, but she can belt it.  I think she is going to be an opera singer when she grows up.  Paisley and Prince are their names.

Cleo with her two.  What contrast, both are gulmogets, one brown, the girl is black.  She is Biscotti, he is waiting on his name.

Last here is Julia.  This little guy was born in the early hours, discovered weak and very chilled.  Spent 3 hours warming him up, getting him colostrum and trying to improve his appetite.  Took him a couple days and doubt on the part of the shepherds, but the Shetland hardiness came through and by day two we got him latched to the nipple and he's been bopping ever since.  His name is Rocky.

Prince, Bloom's ram lamb.  

 Mr Unibrow, no really he doesn't have a name yet.  He's about 40% Gotland and Shetland, sweet little guy, just funny markings on his head.

Quinn the Eskimo here, Siobhan's girl.

Clio's boy.

Tom trying to enjoy his beer in the pasture.  Nori likes beer!

Monday, February 6, 2017

Sheep Catching Air

Several weeks ago, after a fresh dusting of snow,  I let the poor sheep out of their confinement and out into one of the grazing paddocks.  Not that there would be any grazing to be had but just for some fun.  Oh my what fun they did have.  Our little Paris was the star.  She takes after her dad, Otis, the king of jumpers.  Anyway
she was hilarious.  Tried to catch a few of her stunts with the camera.  Here they are.

Paris in fine form!

That's Ziggy getting in on the action.