Like a walk through the country side living on a small farm is full of daily surprises, sometimes wonderful and amazing, and other times puzzling and sad. I hope you will walk with me as I live out my dream of living on this tiny farm. You will come to know the dogs, cats, Shetland sheep and chickens that make up this farm and what goes into keeping them happy and healthy. Come and join the journey with me.

Sunday, March 07, 2010

Could It Be?

....signs of Spring?

The welcome color of crocus. Do you see the hidden bonus?

There it is, a sluggish bee,
throwing off winter's lethargy

This weekend has been just beautiful. At last Spring has escaped the grip of winter, peeling her icy fingers off one by one. At least I hope. The sun shone, the temperatures were in the 60s--even the mud was reasonable. Enough to make one wax rhapsodic, er, or something.

Maples budding out

Saturday I got quite a bit done. Never enough of course, as the list grows longer, but still it's a good start. I was able to get seven of the sheep 'worked' including all five of the possibly pregnant girls. The other two were Blue the old ram and Rouen, my old Shetland girl.

The girls wait nervously for their 'spa' treatment and (required) cookie treats that follow

Most of the Shetland's feet were in great shape, even with the wet winter. And there were only a few that did some half hearted thrashing around, which was nice for a change. All five girls seem to be preggers and have little udders developing. Only a week until the first possible due date!

Also barn cleaning is in full swing, as I do my usual down to the wire clean up of the lambing stalls. About eight loads out so far and much to go! Once the stalls are clean, I'll go ahead and set up a couple of lambing jugs. I've been assembling the panels and working on lamb proofing as I go.

Relaxed woolly sheep. Notice the giant sheep in front of the hay bale? That is Lanny Wilson who normally lives with Blue the ram.

When I wanted to do something that didn't involve lugging heavy loads of sheep muck or flipping sheep on their bums, I worked a tiny bit on the travel trailer (remember it?) It is a bit overwhelming as I haven't the slightest idea on how to do some of what should be done. After days of studying the door and looking on the nets AND finally in some books I had, I was able to figure out how to remove the old torn up screen from the door. Now it's all pulled out, and the doors are scrubbed down and it's ready to have the new screen installed. I'll let you know how that goes! I also took out the old plexi glass peep window in the door and bought a new piece for it. Still have to find something to remove the old adhesive and it'll be ready to put into place. Still am clueless on how in the world to get those torn screens off the inside windows....
Cats soaking up the sun--Noah

One of the nicest things about the weekend was that the hose unthawed and I was able to water the sheep without lugging buckets of water to them. I think there were maybe five days all winter long that I had the luxury of using the hose, so this was a much welcome break.

During 'break time' I sat out on the front porch in my Adirondack chair and soaked in the sunshine, sounds and smells of Spring.

Hot dog. Can we get my pool out yet? Boone asks.

Rain is suppose to move back in this week, and I'm sure we'll have some more cold spells, but this weekend restored hope. I'm taking a couple of vacation days Monday and Tuesday so I hope to get some more things marked off the list. Tomorrow it will be off to the big city to stock up on supplies, as once it commences lambing there won't be many opportunities to get out and about for a few weeks.

Hope you all have a great week!

Tired dogs. Snoopervising is hard work!

p.s. anyone who thinks cats are aloof and disdain attention, tell that to the cats. This post has taken twice as long as needed, due to the revolving door of needy cats.


Vicki Lane said...

The bee and crocus picture is wonderful! And it's so nice to see your gang enjoying the sun!

L'Hélène said...

YAY Spring! Snow is melting here in Montreal, Canada, I didn't any crocuses yet. Shouldn't be too long now.

AJ-OAKS said...

You have been a busy bee!! The 'to do' list here gets longer and longer and longer.

Kathy said...

Oh, rub it in, Tammy. ;) It's snowing here today and we'd had another 6 inches earlier this week.
Although I called and left a message for the shearer today, it's hard to think of shearing (even half-neked Shaun) when it's 18 F at night or the wind chill is 9 F.
Envy, envy, envy...

walk2write said...

"Her icy fingers"? I've always preferred to think of winter as a grumpy old man. I love your sheep! I've always dreamed about having a little farm like yours. We've only got an acre, nowhere near big enough for livestock, and the neighbors would not be happy if I brought some in. Who says you need a hoard of needy cats to distract you? One of them here does a fine job all on her own. I saw your comment on Marnie's site and stopped by to say hello!

Tammy said...

Thanks Vicki, one of those lucky shots.
L'Helene--hope you have flowers soon! It's cold and rainy again here, but at least the grass is greening up and a few of the daffs are blooming.
AJ--You sure got that right about the to-do list. I think it's amusing how many of the sheepie blogs go a little quieter this time of year as I'm guessing their owners are out and about marking off that list. Til lambs come anyway then everyone gets excited about posting lamb pictures.
Kathy...I will Spring to come to your area! SOON.
Thanks for stopping by Walk2Write! An acre would support two to three of the small Shetland sheep just fine! :-) Who needs neighbors anyway??