A look back at 2017

Snow has been falling today in our neck of the woods – literally, the woods.  We live in a forest in Western New York.  I had a lot of driving to do today and had time to listen to an audio book and think.  It’s almost March!

The past two years have been filled with so many things from travel, to a family death, graduation, first year of college, relative visits, weight loss, our first calving and to new lambs on the farm.  I didn’t take the time to blog about it and regret that.

So, over the next few weeks, I plan to catch up with the news.

I will share some photos and stories.  I hope you will check back again.

 

 

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Farm Visit

Memorial Day Weekend was exciting on the farm.  My parents arrived for their yearly visit to our place on Friday morning.  They actually have an investment in the farm – they contributed to the purchase of our Dexter heifer, Grainne.  They also chose her name!

This year, mom and dad were able to see the sheep for the first time.  Mom took some photos of the new ram lamb, Ciaran.  He is a stocky little fellow.

Dad was able to pet Grainne while she was in her stall one evening.  Mom helped get eggs out of the coop.  The weather was overly warm, so, my girls took time to sunbathe and splash.  It was such an enjoyable time visiting – 4 generations together.

The Lambs Third Day Out

imageI’m thankful the lamb stall is small.  I went out with my husband this morning (he is on vacation) in order to halter the lambs and bring them out into the front barnyard.  This was a trial run for me as I will need to take Grainne (pronounced:  graw-nia), our Irish Dexter, and the three Shetland lambs out to graze each morning before leaving for work.

So, Tierney (the black ram), Saoirse (seer-sha) and Nuala (noola) are fearful little lambs. We brought them home on September 18th.  They were not handled as babies and are now about 5 months old.  We have been using poly halter/leads to take them out each morning and return them to their cozy stall in the early evening.

I was able to get them haltered and out with my husband coaxing them from the rear.  The task went quite well today.  They do know where they are going but do not like the haltering process.  The more difficult part is catching them to return them to the stall each evening.  Last evening we herded them up early in order to attend a church meeting – let’s just say showers were necessary afterward!