Wednesday, April 18, 2007
Sunday, April 15, 2007
A moose we met on our drive home from town the other day. (Or was it the other week :) Time flies and it's hard to believe it's the middle of April already!
It’s been an off again on again weekend on the meadow as far as sunshine goes, but full of birds and wildlife and the antics of our lambs of course.
A lone moose arrived and hung about in the meadow yesterday, not the same moose we met on the road. Our meadow moose had a very blonde head.
We watched a pair of nesting harriers fend off the advances of a golden eagle this morning. That was quite a show and one of the only times we've seen both harrier's at once.
Most of our wildflowers will stay tucked underground for awhile yet but we have an ever increasing crop of dandelions and they are a welcome harbinger of spring. The pussywillows are about to burst forth all along the edges of the creek and surrounding the meadow! The Canada Geese make themselves at home.
Monday, April 09, 2007
It was sheep shearing time which meant a fair amount of preparation to set up for the Sunday morning arrival of our friends Brian and Debbie.
David had the sheep dry and fasted. He made auxiliary pens to have the ewes and the ram ready for their shearing. The shearing area was set up and ready to go when Brian arrived.
Brian is a professional shearer who first sheared our sheep last year. He does a lovely job. It's hard work and takes a strong back. His wife Debbie is his ready assistant handing him his tools and his upturned milk carton bench as required.
David brought the ewes to Brian one at time, introducing them by name and disposition. Once the shearing began, David would retrieve the ewe's lamb and hold them close by to minimize the lamb's and the ewe's stress levels. Once the shearing is complete, Brian takes to his milk carton and trims the sheep's hooves. With that, they are all done and David turns them out into their new pasture with their lamb. We gather up the beautiful fleece, seperate it from the tag and bag it up in empty chicken feed bags. The ram was sheared last, his fleece is the very nicest of all the sheep... just beautiful.
The actual shearing operation took just 2 hours then it was time for a shower and some lunch.
Wednesday, April 04, 2007
Our first spring flower! Bright and welcome dandelions poking their heads up at the edge of the house where the sun beats down.
We are thoroughly enjoying our little lambs gamboling about in the yard! Our ewes are such good moms too!
And the dogs are in seventh heaven. It's time to 'Play Ball' again now that the snow is gone from the yard. Well, almost gone!!