As we go through our normal day to day late winter chores, this year we’re busy getting ready for some early arrivals. Nine of the ewes were bred early by two ‘bad boy’ fence jumping rams and are due, not in April with the rest of the flock, but in the next couple weeks. It is a challenge to adjust our usual spring lambing and feeding routine to a winter one, but we’re working hard on the logistics.
We’re also working with Tilly, the family milk cow (wow, it feels really great saying that) who will be having her first calf in March. We’re so excited about this addition to our family and our daily routine. So wish us luck for the next month or so, it’s been a long time since we’ve milked a cow. Oh, and be sure to stay tuned for the baby pictures ☺
A Friday ritual.
A single photo – no words – capturing a single moment from the week
A simple, special extraordinary moment.
A moment to pause, savor and remember.
Participating with the SouleMama blog.
Sunrise at the pasture gate
Joining TexWisGirl at The Run*A*Round Ranch for a link-up at ‘Good Fences’.
As we mentioned earlier this week, all the breeding groups are broken up and the bred ewes are back in the barn pasture along with Liam and Fury, two of the rams.
Poseidon and Aragorn, the other two rams are now in the back pasture, where after a bit of a ‘discussion’ they have pretty much settled in. Their job is done, and they will spend the next months putting weight back on that they lost during breeding season. They are content, except for the time they spend walking the fence line looking for ‘lost love’.
We took advantage of today’s warm weather to do a little fence walking, checking, tree limb removing, mending……and photo taking along the way….
The white picket fence seems to go on and on as you drive by. White fence… green grass… so summery! Happy Fence Friday!
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“In the sheltered heart of the clumps
last year’s foliage still clings to the lower branches,
tatters of orange that mutter with the passage of the wind,
the talk of old women warning the green generation of what they, too,
must come to when the sap runs back.”
– Jacquetta Hawkes
While our world is covered with snow at the moment, a sunny weekend provided a beautiful view of light, shadow and of course… fence. Happy Fence Friday.
joining Life According to Jan and Jer for Friday’s Fences
Come walk in the knoll pasture. We might as well check the fenceline as we walk the perimeter. This is a really hilly pasture, so I hope you’re wearing comfortable boots.
Bella has spotted us and comes running. She is very excited to join us.
More excitement, as Bella has spotted a long, lost old bone
Looking up from the bottom of the hill, we can see that there’s plenty of shelter in this pasture – a small box shelter and plenty of trees that are the most popular spot in the pasture.
Walking a little farther, we discover a ground hog hole… actually we find four of them. We’ll have to get them filled in before late spring. They’re a danger to the sheep, and a real danger to the tractor drivers when we brush hog the pasture.
Now we have reached one of my favorite spots on the farm. When you stand down here, it’s as if you are in the bottom of a bowl. The steep sides of the pasture curve around. You feel sheltered and protected. It’s magical.
Our daydreaming is quickly interrupted because here come the girls over in the adjoining pasture. They’re looking for breakfast.
Bella says we better head up the hill and get to the barn before the girls stage a break-out. We pick up the pace and move on toward the top of the hill and morning chores.
Evenings have been beautiful.