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.

Monday, April 05, 2010

Oh, What a Day....

Tabitha becomes a grandma (again), and models the newest in Spring fashion accessories---as well as a sleek new look.

Twenty sheep are sheared for another year

Post shearing Rosemary surprises!

We're all exhausted..

More at 10:00!


Journaling Woman said...

oh, i forgot that was today. but it looks like you had plenty of help with Noah.

Yay-done for another year.

Vicki Lane said...

Love that last photo!

kristi said...

hey, no fair on that post shearing pic! I see spots!! The cat picture is quite comical btw:)

Michelle said...

Great photos, but not NEAR enough words to go with them. Do tell!

AJ-OAKS said...

Oh my goodness that last photo ( Noah right?) is hysterical.

Shearing sheep must be a rather tough job. I am only guessing that the sheep just don't stand there all nice and quiet?!

Jody said...

Now comes the hard work of fleece sorting! That cat has an amazing sense of balance hehe!!

Star said...

Wonderful start to the spring. Are you going to sell any of the fleeces?
Blessings, Star

Shula said...

That last picture is wonderful. Did he fall?

Tina T-P said...

We had two more this a.m. (ram lambs, white) and The Shepherd thinks that Pearl will drop anytime now. Hope the rest of yours go well. T.

Sabrina Wille Erickson said...

Finally catching up on your blog...OH, how wonderful. Absolutely love the cat photos! Especially the funny "piles"
Congratulations on the gorgeous lambies. :)

Roses and Lilacs said...

That last photo is great. Can't help but think his back is going to be stiff when he gets up.

Interesting to read the other comments. Fleece sorting? Dealing with the wool is more complicated than I realized.

Kathy said...

OMG! I love that photo of Noah! And I know you are so glad to get shearing over with.
And lambs to boot! Win/win!

(You OK? How's Blue doing? I've been afraid to ask.
How are all the cat and dog "things" going?)

Kim said...

Did I miss a post? I see the one pic of Rosemary's babies. What do we have here?

Tammy said...

JW--as usual the cats were a BIG help...
Thanks all..I couldn't resist grabbing the camera for that Noah shot! What a goober.
AJ--the shearer does a pretty good job of holding them imobilzed but you still have your squirmers. Getting everything set up and sheep corraled for the event is stressful though.
Jody--yes, that is for sure. Lots of skirting in the next few weeks.
Star--most of these fleeces will be for-sale.
Shula--no he didn't fall, but he only lay like that for about ten minutes. Guess his legs needed airing out. ;-)
Tina, I think we are all done here now!
Thanks Sabrina..there are lots of cat piles around here...
Marnie--it's pretty time consuming, but fleeces need to be skirted to remove most of the dirty parts---VM (veggie matter), dung and lanolin tags etc. They have been skirted once, quickly on shearing day, but this next round, I'll be more picky, and will also weigh, photo and bag the fleeces for sale purposes. I don't coat the sheep, so there will still be some VM in the fleeces for spinners to deal with, but the idea is to make it minimal.
Kathy--SO glad shearing is done. I can breathe again (and so can the sheep!)
Kim....running behind on posts as usual!