Category Archive: sheep

2018
02/22

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farming
Life
quilts
sheep

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Kaarsten, Kristie, and a new start

Meet Kaarsten and Kristie, our two newest family members.

 

 

 

 

 

Here are Petunia and Pepe’, our first two who were not expected to survive.   Looks like they are doing well.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our frozen wonderland has made me long for the sewing machine and a new quilt start.   Really, I had run out of projects? – no, not really.   Just a creative need.

 

 

 

 

 

This batch of fat quarters has been hanging around the sewing studio.   I have no idea where they came from or when.   They are not a grouping that I would have chosen, so they must have chosen me.   They needed a purpose and so they are becoming mountains.

 

 

 

 

I have cut triangles from 8 of these pieces and sewn them together ready to square them up and cut again.  Tomorrow, I’ll show you how they are going together.

 

 

2018
02/19

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farming
Life
quilts
sheep

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Spool Souffle Flimsy

I grabbed  some minutes here and there this week and then an hour to finish the spool soufflé flimsy, which measures 62 x 68″.    I’d love to get it quilted before the end of the month, but that will take some real time, which I may or may not get.

The wee ones take much of my time, but they are also a lot of fun and the diapers make it possible for them to have more freedom to follow us around.  This photo was when they had full tummies and were tired.

2018
02/18

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Garden
Life
sheep

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Snow day and Esther

Looks like winter has arrived today with a lovely snow day.  The forecast is for more this week.   The biggest problem with snow is when one has to go out into it several times a day.   However, it is beautiful.

Queen Esther arrived wearing a lovely white crown.   She is posing with her mother Estelle behind her.  She gives us the count of 5 ewe lambs with 3 ram lambs.

Here are the two being raised in the house, complete with Mickey Mouse diapers.  They love following us around, but when tired, quickly go back to their bed.

One variety of tomatoes, peppers, cauliflower, and cabbage are up enough to transplant into individual pots.  I forgot to buy beets, so they aren’t started.  And I want to get some other tomatoes going.  It’s all a matter of time and space.   I planted snow peas and sweet peas today.  Fortunately as soon as they are up, the cold snap should be over and they can go into the hoop house to grow.

 

2018
02/14

Category:
Life
sheep

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Lambs, lambs, lambs

12.05 this morning I received a text from the neighbor.   “triplets”  in my sleepiness, it took a minute then I responded with “in the barn?”.   Her response:   “in the pasture”   We had just sheared anyone bagging up, so what was this.   We thought she was 3-4 weeks away.  Time to drag myself out of bed and up to the barn.   Neighbor is a night owl and a shepherd.   She usually gets home from her barn in the wee hours of the morning, however, she was early this morning and was taking her garbage out for pick up when she heard a wee little “baa”.

One of our older mothers had preemies and they were at death’s door in the 24 degree weather.   She bundled them and took them to the barn from where she texted me.  We did not believe the one salvageable and another was a question.  The larger male, we thought we could save.   They were so cold and rag doll-like that I took the smallest and put inside my coat next to my nightie and just held him there while she dried off the other two and we managed a plan. 

We took them first to her house where she has a border collie who has raised several new lambs plus an electric blanket to keep them warm.   Shee licked them all over like a mother and then between us we had enough ingredients to come up with an emergency formula for colostrum.   The smallest one, was much warmer now but still very floppy.  Each was given some milk and then we brought them over to our house where we have more room and wouldn’t be stumbling over the babies.   So every hour for the first day, they get fed.  (I’m tired).   Then the second day, we can start lengthening that out.    At 5 this morning, I felt the biggest one would be okay with mom.  I took him up to the barn and she was so happy and was taking care of him, but still no milk.   So the plan has been that he is large enough to get him formula every 2 hours and the smaller ones are still on an hourly basis.  All three are now standing and walking around, and sucking on their own.   So though something could still go wrong, we are feeling good about having 2 white boys and one colored ewe alive.

At noon, when I went up to feed the little boy, I saw that the ewe we expected to go first was in labor and only one foot was presented.   I immediately texted the neighbor who came over (she has been working with sheep for many years).  She came and righted the little one, so she could be born.   And the second one slipped right out about 10 minutes later.   There are now 3 new ewe lambs and 2 ram lambs.  Happy Valentines Day  

If I miss a post or two, it is these many feedings taking their toll on my time and energy.  (and we are expecting another birth in the next 2-4 days.

2018
02/14

Category:
farming
sheep

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New family

This new family joined us this morning.   Mom was not expected to birth this earlytherefore, did not get sheared on Sunday.  My friend is taking off the excess wool so that the babies can more easily nurse.   Another boy and another girl. I almost think they should have Valentine type names.   I am getting very good at 1/2 naps.   We are now at 3 hour intervals between feedings day and night.   It does remind me of the sleepless nights when our children were babies.

2018
02/12

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sheep

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Catching my breath and cleaning

20 bags of fleeces to go through.  It was so fun to view each of them under the sun bleached tips as they were sheared.   Today,  I’m catching my breath, taking the day more slowly, and cleaning up.  The fleeces are nearly all at the house now (warmer here), the garbage has been taken care of and the stalls are also cleaner with fresh hay for all to eat.

 I thought we might have a birth, but that is probably waiting until I am fast asleep, though I prefer to be there in case of trouble.  It’s difficult to tell when babies are coming and if I wait up – well you know about the “watched pot”.   My friend was sure that one of her ewes was going to pop each day for 2 weeks as she was so big, but in the meantime two of her other ewes not as big decided to deliver some surprises.   One just doesn’t know until it happens.

2018
02/11

Category:
Life
sheep

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Feb 2018 Shearing day

 

Feb 2018  Shearing day set up and ready to go

I know we did more than 20 sheep, but I don’t know how many and don’t have enough energy to count the fleeces.   So tomorrow…….

Pierre is so good at shearing them, that many just lay there very relaxed so he can get on with their spa day.    (this one may birth in the next day or two)

In contrast, this is one with the vet.   Just to make life interesting, this girl had a prolapsed vagina.   If not treated immediately, it meant death.   So the vet (in green shirt) came out, put everything back inside her and we hope for the best.  This was not fun for anyone because she had to be held upside down to shove this large ball of protrusion back inside her body.  It is stitched in to hold it hopefully until the baby arrives and then she will not be bred again.   She is a good family pet prospect as she has beautiful wool and will be useful for that.

Yes, I was so busy that I forgot to take photos of the wool as we went along, so, they will come as we skirt it and get it ready for sale.   There are several that will be going to the fair as they are simply gorgeous.

I’ll be hitting the hay early tonight.  Tomorrow, I’ll wash sheep coats so they can be put back on and then bring the fleeces into the house for skirting and photos to advertise them.

2018
02/09

Category:
Life
quilts
sheep

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Spools quilt together

 The  spools quilt is together and ready for borders.  It seems this week has been fast and furious.   Last night I finished getting everything into Quicken so I can pull up categories for taxes.   I showed it to DH so he could assemble what he needs for the part he does.   I found a couple mistakes which I will repair and then it is ready for my visit with the tax man.   We have added the farm this year as a  business so I don’t really know which numbers he will want.   But they are all there and that is a huge relief.

The sheep shearing man is scheduled for Sunday and that will be an all day job.   If you are close and want to stop by and watch, you are welcome.   I was told to be ready by 8.30 AM.   I think we are doing about 30 sheep.

I mentioned to you earlier this week that we decided to drop 20 years from our ages.   The really ridiculous thing is that we have both have had more energy.   It really seems silly, but we are trying to believe it and act accordingly and I love that more is getting done.   We are also more tired at the end of the day and sleeping better.   Try it and tell me how it goes for you.

Have a peaceful and restful day tomorrow.

2018
02/07

Category:
Life
sheep

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Wool is fiber

Wool is fiber and an adventure.   Today we skirted (meaning picked weeds, and other etc out of the fleeces and then took myriad photos to advertise them.   We put 3 on line and sold 2 of them immediately.   This process takes a lot of time.   We also did 2 of the neighbors fleeces.

Beau must stand on his back feet to chew this polyester cord, so the board will slip and he can get through.   He is a challenge.   Maybe a wider board will do the trick.

2018
02/06

Category:
Garden
Life
sheep

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Mind over matter

 When we got up this morning, we were 20 years older, than we are tonight.  At breakfast, I decided we were not getting enough done and DH was doing nothing other than the gym and the dishes and napping.  Well, that’s because he retired without hobbies.   So using the phrase “mind over matter”, I told him, he is now 64 and that’s how he gets to act and think.   WOW!   I should have come up with this earlier.  He actually did act younger.   And since he is 20 years younger, I also am.   So the greenhouse beds are all weeded.

I still need to clean the weeds near the entrance.   I brought in a load of the cabbage leaves we love for our cooked greens

I washed them and stemmed them, then he cut and cooked them, freezing some.

 The barn stalls are cleaned, 3 primroses were planted and a load of laundry is done, plus a half hour of sewing. After a snack, I sat down to catch up on the computer (where I dozed off for a few minutes) and he took a short nap.   It is amazing how much we can get done when we drop 20 years off our age!