Sunday, March 29, 2015

One of these things is not like the others

Annabelle got rooed today! One fleece harvested, 13 to go....

Now that I've seen the forecast, I'm thinking I should have done Raggedy Andy Barbados instead. Those trees are the only shelter in the boys' pasture, and tomorrow – when I'm "Gone Girl" – is supposed to be our last dry day for awhile. Maybe I'll get lucky and the rain will hold off until Tuesday morning. Glad everyone got lots of time outside today; the lambs had a ball together!

The flowering cherry is starting to bloom. If you've got it, flaunt it!

That's it for today from . . .

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Loads of lamb photos

Friday morning I tried to get some close-ups of the boys' noggins without much success. At any rate, neither one has any sign of horn material; instead, both have divots where horn buds would be. That's a double-score for this polled Shetland breeder. (Oh, and happy first-week birthday, Belfast and Boston!)

Since it was a blessed (and busy) home-day for me, it was a pasture-day for the ewes and lambs. Vienna's girls continue to be the more active pair. I thought of shooting video, but I would have been panning back and forth so rapidly to keep them in frame during their strafing runs that I would have made us all dizzy. Instead, I snapped a couple not-great action shots,
plus some stills.
(Bree is the one with the light "wash" on the left side of her chest.) You can see that the girls also have divots on their heads where horn buds would be.

Yes, I still have other sheep. ;-)  Blaise hiked her skirt up yesterday.
Apparently she thinks this year's lambs are hogging the spotlight, and decided to grab some of it back with slightly risqué behavior! Ha!

That's it for Friday from . . .




Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Besties, boots, barns, and blooms

This morning I loved on my brown-sugar girlies again. I started with Bree,

then turned to Brosna.
At which point Bree let me know she wanted more by jumping up on my knee! Awww; my new besties. I'm a happy shepherd!

I'm also a blessed shepherd. I needed to replace my old LLBean chore shoes, which were cracked and worn, but hadn't bit that bullet yet. Then I got an email from blogpal Theresa, asking if I could wear Blundstone boots in a size 8.5. Why yes; yes, I can!!! Thank-you SO much, Theresa!

It is a sad thing to love big, old barns as I do; they too often die slow, neglected deaths. Recently, an old barn that didn't look too bad was torn down. I figured the owners were going to put up a second big, bland metal shed, if anything. Imagine my surprise – and delight! – when this classy structure started taking shape!

It looks like more than just a barn. Perhaps it will have living quarters upstairs? Here it is with the metal shed constructed last year:

As for flowers around the farm – the daffodils and narcissus are on their last stems, but the rosemary is still going strong and the perennial bachelor's buttons are ramping up. Soon our double-flowered cherry is going to explode with fluffy pink confetti . . . the parade continues!

That's it for now from . . .


Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Recess

The ewes and lambs only got out for a soggy hour yesterday, so today's mostly sunny afternoon to graze and play was much appreciated. Vienna and Sarai have relaxed their vigilance a bit, allowing all four lambs to romp.


(sorry for all the dust inside my lens)
Could you keep them all straight? Four brown lambs; see how they run! Color and pattern genetics; aren't they fun? Last year I had both colors (black, brown) and every pattern except Agouti (i.e. Ag, the fading or graying gene) represented in my lamb crop; this year I only have Ag and brown (together called "musket") in my lamb crop. There are subtle color differences between them, though. I'll post a bunch of photos I took today then identify them below, in case you want to try your hand at telling them apart.
In the top two photos, Bree is on the left and Brosna is on the right. Then it's Belfast,  Brosna, and Belfast again. In the sixth photo, Brosna is on the left and Bree is on the right. The last two photos are of the boys; Boston is the lighter one and Belfast is the darker one.

It is easier to tell the pairs apart when additional "accessories" show:  ;-)
So far, the girls are the runners and the boys are the climbers:

Tonight Bree and Brosna fell under my spell. I sat with them for awhile after chores, rubbing their chins and briskets until they went all soft on me. Happy one-week birthday, sweet ones!

That's it for now from . . .