Friday, February 25, 2011

More lambs...

As soon as Google lets me I will post more pictures.

Since 8 pm last we've had 6 more lambs. Cheyenne gave us at black ewe at 8 pm, Gert gave us a black ram at 3 am, Heifer gave us twin black lambs at 4 am, and Mabel gave us one of each (white) at 1 pm.
Gert doesn't want to nurse, so she is tethered to the gate and I have been milking her into a water bottle and feeding her boy every 2-4 hours. Mabel gave birth outside in the middle of the snow storm... Good thing I heard her on the baby monitor. Cheyenne and Heifer are doing fine, as are their kids. I just don't know what Heifer's kids are yet... I'll check later when we feed.


Ladies in waiting

                                                The oldest lambs are growing quickly!

                                                    Mabel should be going anytime.
                                           Can I just adopt you instead of birthing my own?
                                     Ewenice has a bare butt. Mabel is losing it on her sides.
                                                             A lot of heavy ewes.
                                                          Olivia, looking depressed
                                                   Lillian, in front, and Susan

The last oak next to the new garden is down!!

               Even though the big oaks are down, there are still 10+ acres of trees to come down.
 This is what is next for the other new garden. We get plenty of morning light, but not afternoon light.
Getting cut up for firewood. Notice Maxmillian coming to see what he humans are up to.

The Prayer of St. Francis of Assisi

Lord, make me an instrument of Your peace,

Where there is hatred, let me sow love;

Where there is injury, pardon;

Where there is doubt, faith;

Where there is despair, hope;

And where there is darkness, light; where there is sadness, joy;

O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek

To be consoled, as to console;

To be understood, as to understand;

To be loved, as to love.

For it is in giving that we receive;

It is in pardoning that we are pardoned;

And it is in dying that we are born to eternal light.

--St. Francis of Assisi (1182-1226)

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Farm update

We've had 3 more lambs born this past week. 2 rams and 1 ewe. Her name will be Faith, as I have faith that we can make a name for ourselves with Registered Horned Dorsets. We tagged the 5 and banded their tails. At this time, they are making a 'puppy pile' under the light in the creep.

We've put the 5 heaviest /closest ewes in the lambing pen. Those poor things are so close... We are listening carefully for that sound of labor.

No pictures at this time. They are still in the camera and I am too tired to load them into the computer. So...I am off to the recliner, a good movie, dinner and a lap warmer. Hopefully to bed early to get in at least a couple hour nap before all 'heck' breaks loose in the barn.

Hmm...maybe dinner will be delayed. Someone is making noises. Off to the barn.


Monday, February 21, 2011

What have we been up to the last few days...

We had 2 ewes lamb one night after another. This brings us to 4 ewes lambing 5 lambs (2 ewe, 3 ram) in 7 days. We are both working, and shearing has started up. We've not had time to shear our own yet!
                                                          A newly born ram lamb.
                                                        Tina & Ruth with their children.
                         Cloud is looking on from the boys pen wondering 'What are those little things?'
                                                     One of many very pregnant ewes.
                                            Cornelius. Father to all the lambs born so far.
                                      I am so very lucky to be married to this wonderful man!!
                                                    Candace and her new ram lamb.
                                               Gracie and Faith and a no name ram lamb.
          Faith will be registered soon. She will be going to the NH Sheep & Wool May 14 & 15, 2011   

                                           Hey! It is safe in here. No one can mess with us!


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Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Lambing has begun for 2011

Christina. Born Tuesday, 2/15. Mother Tina, father Cornelius. Will be one of our new registered ewes.

                                           Lillian and Cheyenne waiting their turn to lamb.

                                      What's going on Mom? Tina is giving you a little sister.
                                                          Ruth and her newborn son.
                                                                     Aren't I adorable?

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