Saturday, November 18, 2017

Colorful carpet

Still lots of color above, but today I looked down.

It is impossible to tell that Rick rented a backpack blower to clear the leaves off the driveway just two days ago. :-/

I also found this little surprise among the yellowing leaves of my spirea:

That's it for now from . . .

Friday, November 17, 2017

Unplanned blog fodder

I was going to share some mushroom photos for "Fungus Friday," but ended up with better blog fodder. ;-)
The sun came out as I finished morning chores, so I decided to "make hay." I've had a sheep shuffle in mind for awhile to reduce labor (for me) and stress (for the sheep), but it required some reinforcing of the Ram-ada lot fence to keep Butler and Bogie contained. I had some plastic fencing from the days of showing lambs at Black Sheep Gathering; it was just the thing for it.

Once that was done, I haltered Sarai, Blaise, and Vienna and led them to the Sheep Sheraton to join the rest of the girls.

Then I caught and haltered the pinballs ram lambs – who weren't at all sure they wanted to move. (Made for some pretty photo ops, though!).

Having an intact ram lamb living nose to nose with a bunch of cycling ewes made for a lot of angst and arguing betwixt and between, and the boys didn't have much space. So into the Ram-ada lot they went – but not before I got photos of Butler's mid-side fleece. It's actually nicer than I thought when picking him Wednesday, the crimp just isn't as organized.

Meanwhile, the girls had all crowded into the corner pen just vacated by the boys. I guess the hay was greener in that feeder. ;-)
Later the girls got turned out into the truly green pasture, something that the three older ewes haven't gotten to enjoy for awhile.

That's it for today from the sheep and shepherd at . . .

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Good friend, good progress, good news

Jeannie braved this rainy, rainy day to sit on a hard stool in a cold barn to pick out little pieces of hay from squirmy sheep, and she did it with a smile. Now that's a good friend!
We started with Bardot. Her first fleece has already been reserved by Iris, so I didn't take a photo of it – no point in tempting anyone to covet! ;-) Next up was Bacall, above and below. The fineness, crimp, and length of her fleece couldn't make me happier.

Then it occurred to me that we could squeeze into the tack room where there is a wall heater and be a lot more comfortable, so that's where we went with Brigitte. It's kind of hard to tell in this photo, but Brigitte was so content with all the attention that she laid down between us!
 Her fleece is even more incredible than Bacall's; breathtaking!
When I took Brigitte back to the fold, I discovered that four of the girls had slipped out the unsecured gate and were wandering around in the pouring rain. Bette's still uncovered fleece was now sopping wet, so she got a pass for today. We moved on to the two ram lambs, little man Butler and big (neutered) boy Bogie. No photos of Butler, whose fleece struck me as unremarkable at the moment; here are two shots of Bogie's pretty color and broader crimp:

 So, five of the six lambs are now cleaned up (as best we could) and coated thanks to hours of help from a good friend. And when I got back to the house, there was a message on my phone from my mom. My folks are coming for Christmas! WooHoo!

That's it for today from . . .

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

They do run, run run; they do run, run!

Just a taste of the antics afoot today. Between the weather and the season – as in being IN season – the energy was running high!

It was windy, but unexpectedly dry. The sunrise was subtle but beautiful still, and the morning sunshine set our ornamental cherry tree (I think it's a Kwanzan) ablaze.

While the Japanese maple in the island is my favorite tree, this ornamental cherry is a mighty close second. It is covered with double pink 'tissue-paper' blossoms in spring, green leaves in summer, glowing color in the fall, and has 'good bones' to enjoy in the winter as well.

Tomorrow morning my friend Jeannie and I will be "knee-deep in sheep" trying to get the six uncovered lambs cleaned up and coated. That should give us lots of time to chat and catch up – it's been too long!

That's it for today from . . .