Friday, November 21, 2014

Resting Good In The Neighborhood

I set out the hay in the morning while everything was covered in snow.  Before they could finish it off, the snow melted and grass trumps hay any day.  That's okay, Hank got good use from it :-).

He loves his boys :-).

A nice soft bed surrounded by sheeps.  I just don't think it gets any better than that.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Eating Good In The Neighborhood

The first snow of the winter fall is almost gone. I just love to see sheep napping out in the winter fall sun :-).

B. Willard

Baaxter Black

Crazy Miss Maisie

Blossom, alias Baba ;-)

An unbelievably huge thank you for all the calendar, card and other orders over the last couple of weeks.  I think I have everything shipped (except wreaths and felted sheep - keep on me about them!), so if you haven't received your package from me, let me know.

I loved, loved, loved all the kind notes that accompanied many of the orders and payments, especially ones that reminded me of stories and pictures past, happy and sad.  What a gift to treasure.  The stories, yes, but also the reminders that show the stories stay alive for years and years.  It matters.

After the long frozen winter of last year that had everyone scrambling for extra hay long before it was even close to being over, we decided to order an extra 100 bales of hay right up front.  Saint Tim and Uncle John even added a new loft to hold it all.  

It's all (even the extra 100 bales) paid for, once again, by you.  Every. last. bale.  And the cookie coffer is overflowing as well.  

A humble thank you, thank you, thank you.

It matters.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

A Balmy 17 Degrees This Morning

The light wind must be coming up from the south though as it didn't feel that cold.  Supposed to go up to 40 today.  A veritable heat wave for November ;-).

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Snowy Vista

Ford looks pretty happy in Del Boca Vista :-).

With his buddy Jester close by and cousin Henri just inside.  

An Odd Turn Of Events

...for the middle of November.  Three inches of snow and 10 degrees tonight sounds more like January!

At least the house is toasty warm.  The furnace woes of last year are over and just in the nick of time!

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Here is a link to the auction for Karen's shawl.

You'll find some other excellent treasures there as well :-). 

Friday, November 14, 2014

While They Were Waiting

One of the ladies helped Karen spin and knit a gorgeous shawl and scarf.

This shawl is going to be auctioned off as a fund raiser for a cancer organization.  I'll post a link when it's available.

There are beads on both pieces.  You can see them pretty well in the shawl, but they are there on the scarf as well.  Never discount the wool from "commercial" sheep.  So pretty.

I'm bummed that blogger seems to be having trouble posting pictures these last couple of days.  I think if you click to "biggify" the pictures  should clear up.  Sigh.

Update - looks like it's back to normal, so I re-loaded all the pictures.  Much better :-).

And here's a link to the auction.

Patiently Waiting

For Lamb Camp :-D 

Mommas to be at Final Frontier Farm.

These were actually taken at the end of October and I almost forgot I had them.  I glad I remembered. I think they are pretty shots.  Definitely not so pretty this week.  Yikes it's gotten cold fast :-o.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

In Case You've Been Concerned About Betsy In The Cold

She's inside hibernating.  

And in case you were wondering why there was cat hair on the outside of her bed...she's been just reaching over the edge to eat without even sitting up.

Comby and Eli have moved back into their heated condo on the porch.  

They said they'd see you all in the spring.

Stay warm out there!

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

While The Sun Shines

Beautiful fall afternoon yesterday. I have no complaints; it's been a stunning season. And it's probably over. Rain moving in today and and a serious arctic blast to follow. Time to turn on the water heaters, figure out unfrozen water for Del Boca Vista, plug in the new cat (and hopefully not possum - don't ask :-o) beds in the condo, plastic up the chicken coop...

I felt a bit like Calvin and Hobbes or Bart Simpson...or myself...yesterday, trying to fit in a little bit of everything I wanted to do just a little bit more of before summer fall vacation was over.  I took some pictures of the office cat at the vet's in town, rode Hickory, helped a friend block a scarf, did a tiny amount of spinning on the porch, took pictures of some pretty yarn (maybe a Yarn Along post tomorrow???) and watched the bees working the blanket flowers out front.

I've covered them for the first few frosts and they are blooming strong.  I'll keep doing that until it doesn't work any longer.  The bees have worked them heavy all fall.  22 degrees on Thursday will probably do them in. The flowers, not the bees.

In fact, just to prove how smart and hard working bees are, they've been showing up in the mornings a good bit before I remove the covers.  So, they are remembering the flowers are there, not just randomly circling around and seeing the color.

Honey bees, bumble bees, little green bees.  Hopefully it's helped them store up for winter.  I'm afraid it's going to be another hard one.


Monday, November 10, 2014

Sunday, November 9, 2014

We Are Outta Here!

I've found that 48 hours is usually a good test of a new plan around here. The first 24 hours are the hardest, but if everyone can sit down and think about things, usually by the third day everyone is happy.  And if they're not, then even it *I* think it's a good plan, I usually give in and let them do what they want.

Henri lasted about 36 hours in Del Boca Vista before I was mowed down convinced to let her back out with the "general prison population".  For a sheep who's so arthritic she can barely hop in and out of the barn and totter out to graze, the lush, tall grass, unlimited food and a shed with a handicapped entrance I'd have thought would be paradise.  Um, that would be a No.

Ford seemed "okay" although he was upset when the rest of the flock would head out to graze and he couldn't join them.  He made it the full 48 hours, but yesterday morning he was still calling out as they left and he and Jester looked so sad that I opened the gate.  Okay.  We can make this work.  It's better for them to be moving around more anyway.

"We are outta here!"  

Henri was already out, but just can't make it very far.

J:  "I do kinda like that little paddock though."

F:  "Yeah, maybe it wasn't so bad."

F:  "It IS a long way out there..."

J:  "Henri?"

At this point I followed the rest of the sheep out behind the arena.  I thought maybe that would encourage the boys to come with and catch up.  I took some pictures, visited with Hank and headed back in to find...

Jester's still torn about the other sheep, but is leading the way back to DBV.

H:  "What took you all so long?"

J:  "Well, Ford, what do you think?"

F:  "There IS food in there..."

And since this time it was THEIR good idea... ;-D

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Just When You Thought Woolliam's Hair Couldn't Get Any Cooler

Swinging in the breeze.

"Yeah, he does have cool hair."  Poor Boudreaux and his messy hair.

Woolliam's dreads are getting so long that they are dragging in the tall grass as he grazes.  

After a rain, when the grass is wet, it washes the bottoms, releasing the curls and turning them bright white.

He's his own personal work of art :-).

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Thanks for all the kind words about Elizabeth.  Jester did not go back in Del Boca Vista that night as I thought he would.  The expression on his face as he stood in the barn lot looking from the little barn to me in the big barn, back to the little barn...was heartbreaking.  I left him be and wondered what would happen with him.  The next morning he came in, ate some breakfast and seems determined to go on without her.  Those tough old sheep.


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