Dear Family and Friends, Happy New Year to all of you! My family spent a wonderful evening at home with friends playing games and cards. Such a blast! We all said we need to get together more often. On that note, Patty shared a Mother Earth News newsletter with me, primarily because of the fire … More Happy New Year 2016!
Merry Christmas! I hope that you, your friends and family are having a joyous and peace-filled day. We celebrated around the homestead. Kaylin got a bunch of artsy and cute stuff. She is now holed up in her room with her new art marker set. Patty’s dream came true with a new workout setup. We … More Presents from now and then
You know it will happen eventually but you never want it to. One of the ewes has rejected her twin lamb. The poor little boy was bigger at birth than the girl but throughout the day, we noticed that Bellamina would not let him nurse. We held her to make her nurse him. She fed … More Lamb Rearing (5 Days till Spring)
Two days ago, Wednesday, we welcomed two new lambs to our flock. Sons of Betty are Hans and Kristoff. Kristoff has the little white spots on his head and neck to match Sven born earlier. Both boys are doing well. This morning, Friday, I went out at 5:30am to do chores to a chorus of … More More Lambs! (7 Days till Spring)
There is so much enjoyment from being a shepherd! Sheep are fun animals. If raised right, they enjoy attention and will follow you around. The production of wool is a dream. Especially once you learn how to use it! And of course, there is your own supply of meat. I finally finished knitting Kaylin’s sweater. It … More The Joys of Owning Sheep
This morning, we welcomed Sven into the world. He is son to Barbara, a first time mom. He weighs 13lb 10oz and is doing wonderful! Barbara is being the perfect mom. The family decided to name the lambs after the characters in Frozen this year. Just shows what our winter was like! Bellamina is likely … More Welcome Sven to the World! (16 Days till Spring)
Whew! I never want to go through that again! Going out to the barn in subzero temperatures every 2 hours was just about all we could handle. No lambs last night, though. Woke up at 5:30am this morning to this: But it is almost Spring. The next questions to be answered: When will the lambs … More Crisis averted with 24 days left till Spring
Hi folks! Many of you received your order form by mail. If you didn’t, you’ll find a link below to download it. Orders are starting to come in! Remember, its first come, first get and orders need to be in by April 1st to ensure you have the meat you need. Also, if you need replacement … More Order up!
When ewes have their lambs, shepherds place the new mom and babes in a small stall called a jug for 1 or 2 days. This gives the ewe time to recover and bond well with her lambs. We have 2 jugs available but can make more if we need to. This is Barbara. She was a … More Lambs are a comin' (25 Days till Spring)
We tend to go shopping at grocery stores away from the town we live in for most stuff. We’ll go to Jay for milk and cheese but every time we find a natural or organic or ethnic food at Hannaford’s in Jay, they discontinue it. So, off to the Turner Hannaford’s last week and…jackpot! Among … More Those bargain bins (48 Days till Spring)
Thank goodness for a nice tight dry barn! The sheep and bunnies are all snuggled up warm and dry in the barn. We are snuggled dry and almost warm in the house. We keep the furnace stock with the wood and the damper wide open but with temperatures in the single digits and wind chills … More Blizzard of 2015 (52 Days till Spring)