Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Some Holiday Oldies But Goodies...Also Known As Avoiding Posting More Cloudy Pictures

The other day a friend sent me a link to that crazy fun LED Sheep video that zoomed around a few years ago and will hopefully keep on zooming.  I re-watch it every year.  That and how they made it. Which then reminded me of the Brooks Brothers lambs singing Jingle Bells a couple years ago and how they made that and down the path I went :-).

Here are the links.  Guaranteed to brighten your day...even if it is just with LEDs ;-).



This is not the best "how to" video I remember, but I can't find that one and need to get back to work :-/.



And these lambies are so stinkin' cute I just almost can't stand it!





Tuesday, December 16, 2014

A Reprieve

The forecast was for rain yesterday, but it didn't come until after dark and we actually got a couple hours of sunshine during the afternoon!  A welcome break for everyone, especially Comby.







Did you just yawn?


Did your lip get stuck on one of your fangs?  ;-)


A golden ray of sunshine to help hold us over.


Monday, December 15, 2014

Cloudy With A Chance Of [Cookies]

No meatballs here ;-).

At the risk of looking like a broken record...




Chocula and B. Willard coming over to see if I brought cookies.

Raise your hand if you're getting tired of cloudy weather!


Saturday, December 13, 2014

Frightful Only Begins To Describe It ;-)


"Hey, let's go somewhere in the space ship!"


"Wait a minute, where's Baaxter?"


"I don't know."


"Oh, he's down there being a momma's boy.  We can fly without him."


"Uh oh, she's spotted us."


"Just act natural."

"Nothin' to see here..."


"Okay, I think the coast is clear.  Go ahead and load up."



"Hey, stupid Border Collie!  We're going to fly away on the space ship!"


"Yeah, you won't be able to boss us around in outer space! Hahaha!"


"This is the dumbest bunch of sheep I have ever seen."


Friday, December 12, 2014

On Patrol

Karen asked where Blossom was (in the Christmas card).  Poor Baba.  I've learned that 20 animals is a pretty good maximum number for each year.  With 35 sheep, there are many who don't get included.  It's hard to decide who makes the card and who doesn't.  

I know better than to leave Miss Maisie off (the rotten tomatoes would start flying from you all ;-). I know better than to leave Graham off (yes, we are all a little afraid of the wrath of Graham ;-). I always include any new sheep, cats, dogs, horses and I can't imagine painting the card without Hank.


Yesterday was a nice busy day.  Stella and I hosted a neighborhood tea and enjoyed catching up with many of our friends we share a wave to as we pass each other on the road.  I barely noticed that the sun was shining for the first time in days ;-).  As soon as we had everything cleaned up and put away, I grabbed the camera and headed out.  


Most of the sheep had already moseyed back to the barn.  I knew Blossom would still be out though and she was.  It's how she keeps her voluptuous figure!


The side view is a bit more slimming ;-).


My plan was to take some Blossom pictures (Did she make one of the "Where are they now" posts?), but my eye always travels to Hank.  This is the time of day that he starts making his rounds.


He follows the perimeter of each paddock, checking smells, leaving some of his own.


He's particularly interested in the road frontage of the side paddock.


Baby B (Baaxter) is back out grazing.  Well, he followed me out and then proceeded to jump on me every time I crouched down to take a picture.  I am his favorite play toy.  Or maybe that's Auntie Reg ;-).  It was cute at 20 pounds...  

Oddly, I've never had a lamb jump like he does.  When Kathy saw him bounce up onto the Wool House porch as a wee tot (from a stand still and probably three feet up), she immediately said "That's the Polypay in him!"  


And as we all go about our evening grazing and chatting about silly sheep and not paying any attention to anything else, Hank continues on his rounds.  He's all business as the sun sets...and that's why the rest of us can relax.  He's headed out back to patrol the ponds and back fields next.  


Wednesday, December 10, 2014

It's Beginning To Look A Little Bit Like Christmas

You wouldn't know it driving past our house though. Even the neighbors are starting to comment on it.  Today's the day!  But first, a little holiday cheer from the farm.  What are those crazy boys up to this year?!?

There has always been a bit of a rivalry between the older boys (Chocula, Hershey, Daniel and Burrnie) and the the younger boys (Baaxter, Woody, Murphy and Woody).  Girls, food, cookies, back scratches...you name it.

Chocula's usually the main enforcer.  Baaxter's smart enough to stay out of the way (usually ;-). Woody's mouth runs all the time and somehow cute, innocent little Spud keeps getting caught in the middle.  Daniel likes to take advantage of everyone's distraction and come over for extra attention.

I wasn't going to paint a new card this year.  Last year's number ten seemed like a nice ending point and really, other than a snowball fight or trying to figure out a way the sheep could make snow angels without looking dead, I couldn't come up with any other winter activities to portray.

When we lost Iris so unexpectedly this fall and quickly realized just how much she'd kept everyone in line, I decided the snowball fight would be a perfect design.  Kate's arrival last month tied in well, too.  She could be racing in to save the day...with Tilly happy to once again be "back up".

The neighbor kids are back again, as always, sitting on the three white pines from the last few posts. Hank and Maisie are together with Comby by Hank's side while Betsy is with Baaxter. Hickory's (always) eating while T-Bone is watching the events unfold.

Graham pretty much has to be on every card.  I'm not sure how he got that negotiated into his contract, but there he is ;-).  B. Willard is also a frequent cast member as is Mia.  Little Mia is a bittersweet inclusion this year.  After years of battling "something liver related" we knew it would not be fair to put her through another winter.  She will always be there in spirit though, another Angel Among Us.






Merry Christmas from Equinox Farm!

Sunday, December 7, 2014

The Consummate Tour Guide


"See?  I told you it was cool back here!"




Two of my favorite trees.  See how they've grown side by side, each giving the other room by directing their branches to the left or right?



"Everyone having a good time here?"


I just love the soft colors and textures of misty days.  The perfect "filter".


It's pretty easy to hide behind B(ig) Willard ;-).



Heading home.


Saturday, December 6, 2014

Oh The Places You'll Go


"Well, I'll be."


"I didn't know we had an ocean."


"Wow."


And the leader of the Adventure Club?  Looks like it's Hank!


"Hmm, I'm not sure I want to go over there."


"Yeah, that deep rocky water culvert filled with spiky weeds looks way not dangerous enough for me."


The Not So Adventurous Club ;-)


And off they go!


"You all coming?"

Yeah, 'cause they (and we) would follow Hank anywhere :-).


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