The Shepherd and The Sheepcote

"When dusk falls, shepherds lead their sheep to a safe place to spend the night, where wolves or other predators cannot prey on the sleeping sheep. Usually the shepherd builds a stone enclosure with a small opening and he calls the sheep one by one into the sheepcote for the night. When all the sheep are safely inside the sheepfold, he will lie down in the opening so that nothing can come in the only door to harm the sheep.

The Shepherd always protects The Sheep!"

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Sheep Treat Buried

We have had more snow in Minnesota where we live than we have had in years, or so it seems and it brings challenges we have not had in finding the pumpkins given to us by a friendly farmer so that we can treat the sheep to nummy gourds.  We had a whole pickup full piled close to the fence and I tried to feed several of them before they would get soft and rot but along came the deep freeze and the insulating snow and they have been hidden now for months.  So one day when I was home I decided to see if I could once again give the girls and boys a treat.
So I guesstimated at where I thought they were buried.... somewhere on this side of that fence...

just kept shoveling right along....
of course when looking down and taking a picture the camera cord has to get in the photo too!...
Keep shoveling!

I was sure hoping that this was the right spot...

And voila!  Success.  Orange delights still in wonderful firm condition.

Way down in there like buried treasure!  I was able to grab a few out and hurl them to the sheep who immediately commenced to gobbling them up or is that gobbling them down?

Our beautiful Ophelia not too thrilled about more snow coming down.
And speaking of coming down, with all the snow on their outside hoop shelter, it came down...although one girl thinks that it is just her size for standing in.
Oh well, have to have something a little more snow proof next year.  This shelter has worked for years but so much snow this year!  The sheeps yard had to be blown out just so they could get outside of the barn!

We are now on to much warmer weather and the snow is almost off their shelter and I may try to get some repairs going on their hoop house and the boys' as theirs had collapsed earlier...Always work on the farm.
Gotta love it!