Friday, February 27, 2009
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
Thursday, February 19, 2009
I know, it's pitiful.
Thanks Rosco. Good boy.
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
I'm excited to get this group fired and ready for glaze!
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
I was really glad when these guys were up and out of the nest! Of all places, she thought the edge of the driveway would be a great place. (the barbed wire nest was much safer!) Every time we would pull in the drive, or walk across it, she would just fuss and throw a fit! "oh, my wing is broke! my wing is broke!" If you've seen these birds, you know what I mean. I think they're called killdare, or kill deer? I ended up putting a little post in the drive so that we wouldn't run over the nest, and if we had company, "watch the nest" would be included in our goodbye. On the "camaflouge" factor, I'd give her a 10, but on "safety", no points. We're posting a 'no nests' sign in the driveway this spring!
Monday, February 16, 2009
One of the first projects of last spring was taking down more old fence on our property. Just a short time after rolling up this barbed wire and hanging it on a limb, it was quickly transformed into a residence. I would only guess that the mother bird realized that this home offered quite a line of defense to keep the predators away! (wonder if we could market this idea? we have lots of old barbed wire! lol)
Friday, February 13, 2009
This is Tanna, she's into everything - and if she can figure out what you don't want her to get into, that becomes her focus! Tanna was given to us about 2 years ago from a friend that said she was 'dropped off' in their yard. I guess if you live far enough out in the country, people don't just drop dogs, and cats,... they drop goats. (and roosters)
And this is Hank... and the girl he tells all his secrets to. We actually bought him so that Tanna would have a friend. (Little did we know that our ram Joe would fall in love with her) (She's not interested, but he won't take no for an answer) (Is this TMI?) (do these kind of things happen on other farms?)
Thursday, February 12, 2009
Another thing that I love about this time of year is the trees.
This tree is on our hillside ... where we hope to be fencing this year for pasture. Can't wait to get the sheep over there!
This old cottonwood was on my Grandpas' farm. This was taken last year, just a few months before a windstorm destroyed it.
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
Saturday, February 7, 2009
And what posting would be complete without lambie? This was obviously after she took over the dogs' bed! And by the looks of it, it was a day that she had called in sick. She had her ups and downs, but didn't give up and pulled through them all.
Wednesday, February 4, 2009
It snowed again yesterday. I was wondering if the groundhog was right and we would have 6 more weeks of winter? Well, enough of these snow pictures, I'm going to fast forward to spring! Green grass, apple blossoms, baby lambs... even if we have another six weeks of snow, spring will be here before we know it.
sheep grazing in the shadows on a beautiful spring day
These were our first lambs of the season (2008, and our first lambs as sheep owners) The lambing season was exciting and stressful all at the same time. We learned many lessons, and are excited about the lambs that are on the way!
This is Alice with one of her babies, Delilah. She is a wonderful mother (and a great wool manufacturer)
Tuesday, February 3, 2009
When we brought our sheep home last year, I did not have the slightest interest in spinning yarn. Long story short - new hobby. (and it's quite addictive) The white wool is from one of our adult Icelandics and the grey yarn is made from purchased lincoln longwool roving. Maybe someday they'll be lacey scarves. But not yet... still in the spin cycle.
I love the simplicity of spinning on the drop spindle (love the spinning wheel too!) I have been quite surprised at how quickly yarn can be spun on the drop spindle once you get it 'a whorlin!
Sunday, February 1, 2009
actually the story 'behind' this, is lambie finally has friends! (lambie is the one on the far right) lol. She wasn't well accepted for the longest time, I suppose growing up in the house wasn't good for her social skills. But, through sympathy, the other lambs are finally starting to buddy up with her.
Sheep really are funny animals to observe.
Our barn quilt - framed in ice... which is quickly melting!