It left enough sign behind that it was here and what it ate. I hate that my Mom cannot feed the birds. She enjoys that so much. The advise we received from the Pro's is to take down all our feeders and leave them down for a week. If the bear comes back and their is no food supply, it's likely it won't return again. We have done as they suggested and are keeping our fingers crossed that it doesn't return.
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Monday, April 27, 2009
This is my 2nd cousin, Jacob who is visiting for a weeks vacation. He brought his four sheep with him and we will shear them tomorrow. He loves the lambs and all the animals and has been staying with us on holidays since he was a little boy :) He's holding one of our first lambs, Bailey.
She's a sweet little ewe and a beautiful moorit and appears she will stay that way.
This is her twin, Barnum. He is darker in color but has the orange pigment around his eyes and I believe he will lighten up as he gets older.
This spotted little guy is Tylerfarm's Clark Gable. He is Shetland/Finn cross. The ewe is a white, 1/2 Shetland, 1/2 Finn. Ram is moorit Shetland. Aren't these markings wild? He's curious and sweet natured.
He's very happy to pose for the camera! What color will he be when he's an adult, anyone dare to guess?
.....and the latest additions are Tylerfarm's Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, Shetland ram and ewe lamb born to a black ewe and a moorit ram. This little ram lamb is definitely black with the greatest white head markings - see photo below.
The little ewe appears white but she actually has tan markings on her legs and faint tan markings on her head. Now we wait impatiently for the next round.............
Life is good! Hope it's a sunny day where you are :)
Monday, April 20, 2009
This single white crocus was in the opposite garden, I think there may be more but they haven't emerged yet. Iris and lillies and my bleeding hearts are s-l-o-w-l-y poking their heads up through the soil. With the wind and cool temps, the soil in my gardens is very dry. Rain is moving in and tomorrow should be a blessed rain day which everything will appreciate.
Lemon and Lime were out exploring and enjoying the sunshine. It amazes me how quickly the goat kids grow!
Tom is an Altoid fan and so are the goats :) He rattles his can and they come running, just begging for a treat. They don't dawdle long, those kids keep them on the move :)
Our second ewe of the season to deliver had a large single white ram lamb late this evening. Photos tomorrow ~
Sunday, April 19, 2009
This is Bailey. They are both very sweet and already love to be cuddled. The orange pigment around their eyes indicates that they will be both be moorit in color as adults even though Barnum appears black right now. Koko is the first of seven ewes to lamb. Looks like it's going to be a busy week :)
WE had a busy weekend and accomplished many farm chores that needed to be done. The little house with the blue plastic is our duck house. We moved the duck house and ducks from the back garden into the cow pasture. I thought they would do a good job cleaning up after the cows and they will all have plenty of room. That and I need the garden space. The frame of the duck house is an awning frame that DH recycled from a job he did. There were two of them and they were going to throw them in the dumpster. We have used both of them as duck house/ chicken tractors by using small chicken wire and this heavy duty plastic for weatherproofing. They are lightweight and move easily. Works great and they didn't cost a fortune. The cows and the donkey checked them out and when they found out they weren't edible, they weren't interested for very long :) This is my row of parsnips. They overwintered fine in the garden and are doing nicely. Most are big enough to harvest. Throwback at Trapper Creek recently posted a great chicken recipe on her blog with parsnips and other veggies. I'm hoping to try it this week one night for dinner.
Friday, April 17, 2009
Lambing is imminent. Should be just another week before we start. I have some very hefty ladies :) Daphne (closest in the photo) is showing signs of being close, a swollen udder and she gets very affectionate just before she delivers.
Gus & Squirt have graduated.....they now go out to the big pasture with the cows everyday. They are loving this :) Donkey and the others checked them out thoroughly for a few minutes but after that everyone settled in and these guys are now just one of the group. They sure love the "hay anytime we want it" service. They are both thriving. I couldn't be happier with these calves.
and......a new shipment of yarn has arrived. 56 beautiful skeins of natural gray pygora/merino blend. I'm anxious to find time to start dyeing this yarn. Greens and raspberry and aztec gold, yum!
It's a bright, sunny day and there are sheep waiting to be sheared and new fleece to be picked over :)
Thank you for checking in with us. I apologize for such a long time between posts.
I hope all is well where you are. Have a great day everyone!
Monday, April 13, 2009
Twin doelings!! This is what we found when we went to the barn early this morning. What a great way to start the day. All delivered, dried off and eating their first meal and, of course, adorable :) They are going to be caramel color like Papa Amos, the angora. They are average size. Mama goat is fine. She had her warm molasses water and now they are all having a nap. I think the lesson I'm supposed to learn here is that I have really fat goats! Four doelings this year out of four babies. I'm certainly happy with that.
The gem theme didn't work well - we ran out of options quickly if we wanted to use the first letter of the Mother goats name. We didn't think about it too hard this morning - Tom suggested Lemon and Lime and I thought it was perfect :)My DH brought me home this lovely Easter lily that adorns my table and the smell greeted me this morning as I made my coffee. They are gorgeous this year. A favorite of mine and I look forward to having one each year. It has several unopened blossoms and should last a couple of weeks.
.....and he also brought home this sweet little pair (dubbed Horace and Milley) (nick names for Hubby and myself) that now hang on the front door. Aren't they cute?
I love the spring decorations and the Easter holiday. - to me it is a time of new life, hope, spring flowers and sunshine. The sun really is warmer and green is popping up here and there. Now if the wind would stop blowing :)
Friday, April 10, 2009
Ribbon and Ruby soaking up the sun..........
This is what is left of the bird tree I had standing up all winter near our bird feeders. We recycle them by giving them to the goats. The four males have pretty much stripped this tree in a week. They love the bark and the needles. It stayed green most of the winter. They will clean it completely and then we will cut it up and burn the rest.
I hope you enjoyed a sunny, warm day wherever you are ~