Monday, March 30, 2015

A "berry" Good Weekend

What a fabulous spring weekend.
Friday evening brought some
pretty gusty winds and an old tree broke off in with the 
rams and landed on the fence....so
Since the weather was fabulous
we got in and did a super clean-getting a nice big burn pile ready..

Then  I relaxed the rest of the day and got all of the 
new color sheep dressed and ready for listing
at the etsy shop (www.liongate.etsy.com)
on Sunday Morning 
Then I could not resist working in the garden
Blueberry bushes on the left weeded and top dressed
with coffee grounds-they love love love acid
soil so we save our coffee grounds and feed the berries.
re purpose everything!
strawberry bed, added some soil building compost to help with our clay soil..and look! room for more plants
The Raspberries are coming on strong!!


Swiss Chard has been tasty in my  morning smoothies

 The Peas are ready to climb and the chives are growing like....Anyone need any garlic chives? I need to clear out the ones that are growing outside the bed..


Rhubarb loves its new home


My volunteer patch of Chard and parsley


Sunday, my teeswater ram did not reproduce 
on the ewe that I gave him last fall...;-(


But he is sure producing some lovely fleece
almost ready to shear

we keep em safe mom!

Ronan and Mckenna (BFL) ram just hanging out

Everything is starting to grow like crazy
I can't wait till my perennials start flowering...
I learned last year that the deer leave the digitalis alone...



Meanwhile over at the ewe barn.....they grazed in the kill zone yesterday..we reseeded it last fall and it needs a mow to develop the root bases, I hate putting them in that pasture with all the trees...it is where we have the most cougar kills....so only while we are home...with fingers crossed...there were two llamas killed a mile away and a goat on pleasant creek about 5 days ago....sigh..I worry every morning as I count sheep...

Create a Great Week!


Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Rainy Sunday Afternoon

Sunday was a lazy rainy day....for the sheep.  
We had to run errands, Visit Jons Mom who is having a little stay
in the hospital. I found time to hang in the barn and shoot lamb pics
Flynn (angelessy x mckenna)
The lamb lounge is in place on the right in the next picture (creep feeder) with its unending supply of sweet lamb feed...they haven't figured it out yet but I have no doubt that they will.....The ewes like to think they can get through those creep feeder bars and try to squeeze in.....try but cannot....

its more fun to eat Bella and Wilmas hay


Its raining so the LGD hang out in the barn too...especially Kya...she prefers to stay dry
Kya
 I sat down and was surrounded by curious lambs
as of Sunday at 11:30 pm we are up to 18 lambs. There are 12  
  registered BFL lambs so far...Bella still needs to lamb.  There will be a bunch of rams for sale. Most will be ready by Mid-May as well as some nice feeder lambs (gotland churro bfl crosses).

Luis (aka hoe handle) (Maize x Xtra)

I haven't decided who is staying and who will be for sale. I need to see how purly the fleeces start out.  We have some really nice diverse BFL genetics that will round out a flock!   



Mckendry, Luis and Ancho

Luis is such a bucky ram..and he knows it

Itsy and Latte (gotland churro bfl)


Rhody (Poppy x Mckenna)

Mckendry (Mazie x Mckenna)
I simply love this girl

One of Dots girls (Churro x Gotland x bfl mule)

Sultan (Aine x Xtra) and Dots girl


churro x bfl  Mouses boy 

Jeannie (Mazie x Mckenna)

Rhett (Aine x Xtra)

Create a great day!!!

Friday, March 13, 2015

Farm Like a Girl

I farm like a girl.  Do you?
So what does that mean?
Well.
It means that I pull my sweats on over my
pink sheepie pajamas to do a 1 am barn check for lambs.

Angelessy and her lambs

It means that I stop at the ewe barn on the way to the house before or after
work dressed in my work clothes (usually a skirt....) shuck off my dress shoes
slip into a pair of muddy farm shoes and feed my girls.
Sometimes I rake the sacrifice area in my skirt.
Why not?
Those clothes wash.

Lamb season the busiest best dirtiest hardest working months  of the year

Sometimes I feed in my jammies and robe with a cup of coffee in my hand.
They don't care what I look like ;-)

Cocoa and her lamb

I get dirty. Really, Really dirty.
mucking out the barn, assisting a ewe with lambing
gardening, weed eating , shearing.  So what...I wash.


Peppers girl Serana

 It means I like my barns clean and organized (sometimes cleaner
than the house) I like everything to run smooth and with a clear purpose
and on a schedule.

just cuteness
I cherish every life brought to the farm, whether it be to supply food for the table or wool or breeding stock for the next generation.  I cry over every life lost. 

Gibbs and Ronan they protect the Rams
 I fight to keep my farm safe from predators (wild animal and unfortunately human)


I work then I work hard,  It feels right and it feels good.


Its going to be a busy farm weekend here....hopefully the last two ewes will lamb, annual spring farm vet visit, creep feeder set up. ewe barn mucked out and restrawed....oh and it is supposed to rain...oh well chores go on..because
I farm.....
Do you farm like a girl?


Monday, March 9, 2015

March Sewing Sunday Gathering

March has come in like a lamb and we are 20 degrees above normal
which is fabulous-I mean who is going to complain about 75 degree weather ever???
It made for a great get together out at Debs house (wicked woolens)and we got to foray out with her animals too..As you can see she is ready to shear 
Debs new barn..Ellie and I have barn envy

shetland
shetland


alpacas

Arlo, pygora goat....soooo soft


The main reason we took a foray down to the barn was to see the cougar damage..she lost an alpaca last fall and called in a federal hunter, who trapped him, he tore up the pole and then made his escape....so sorry for Deb and the loss of such a valuable fiber animal...
the fence and the pole suffered damage

cougar tore up the fence post trying to get out of the trap


and of course we worked-Deb was warping a look, Ellie was spinning,Kathy and Barb were Knitting and I was finishing up sheep bodies, getting them ready for felting.
and the eating it is always a feast...lamb meatballs, ham stuffed mushrooms, pumpkin pecan pie, chocolate silk pie, chocolate dipped strawberries, waldorf salad....mmmm mmmmmm 


A great day with great fabulous people!!!