On TV when the detectives or private eyes are trying to snoop into people’s lives they squirrel around in their trash. Now, I don’t normally inspect what is being thrown away in our mudroom bathroom trashcan but this caught my eye.
Wonder what this says about us?
I didn’t mean to stay away for so long.
Life on the farm has been a whirlwind this spring. Lambing season was intense this year. Even though we only had 15 lambs the ewes spaced out the births enough to keep us hopping for quite a few weeks. GC pulled 3 lambs and I assisted with 2. Assisted; meaning I kept the ewe still and jabbered baby talk to her to keep her calm. Gary took care of the business end.
One ewe had triplets with one being about half dead so we brought it into the house to doctor. Needless to say, we ended up with a house lamb.
Yoda the house lamb
Our Border Collie, Kebbie, actually got us into sheep. He was my third Border Collie and purposely bought for his strong herding instinct. GC’s thought was that he would use him for working the cattle so off to a stockdog trainer we go. It was suggested that learning on sheep was much easier than starting a young inexperience dog and owner on stubborn cattle so we purchased 3 ewes and never looked back.
Neither Keb nor GC is anymore trained but we fell in love with the sheep and have added to the original 3. Keb’s work consists mostly at finding lost calves and bringing back escaped cattle more than it is working sheep. The sheep seem to know what they need to do and we’re learning!
This year’s lamb crop headed to the market
Oldest son came in from Chicago for a 3 week visit that we thoroughly enjoyed. He also offered to farm sit while he was here so we could take a break and I think we were pulling out of the driveway before he was finished speaking!
Something ripped 2 boards off the barn that housed the chickens at night and killed the entire flock. Normally, GC can tell what happened by examining the crime scene but he is stumped this time. Out of the 22 chickens most were entirely eaten so whatever it was it was HUNGRY.
It’s been on our project list for some time to build a mobile chicken house so this has ramped it up the list. The plan is to put them in to rotate behind the sheep. GC is just getting started on the house.
We noticed the potato plants had died back so it’s potato digging time! It turned out to be quite a nice crop. GC had already shared a couple of bags with friends so here’s what’s left.
Potato vines died back