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!"
The Shepherd always protects The Sheep!"
Friday, June 29, 2012
Sassy starting having some strange seizures a few years back and I would find her laying over on her side kicking or her fleece all full of dirt and dung and hay and I would know she had been on the ground thrashing around. If I was there and got to her while it was going on I could settle her quickly and get her back on her feet and she would slowly come back to herself and return to normal. A few months ago Sassy moved on to greener pastures with Our Good Shepherd. I think Pepper feels a little lonesome for her and she knows that her time is probably getting short also. The two of them used to be penned up with my big polypay sheep, "Polly"...see not real inventive but it helped me to remember what breed she was. Anyway whenever those two little shetlands would find a hole in the fence and get out, Polly would sound the alarm as she was too big to fit through the same hole. Pepper would walk through the garden like it was her own private salad bar... a bite of this, a nibble of that...let's even try the rhubarb! I was really running for her then.
Pepper is single coat and Sassy was a very long double-coated ewe. Her fleece would be dragging by shearing time.
Wednesday, June 27, 2012
This is our Muffin with one of her twin lambs. Muffin is a mouflon Icelandic and don't quote me on this as I sometimes get confused between the Shetland sheep descriptions and the Icelandic sheep ones but I believe that the mouflon is the lighter (or secondary) color that runs under their belly to up under their chin and quite often up the backside of the sheep also... as you see in the lamb that is having some lunch...such a wonderful picture! I take a lot of ...pardon my language....BUTT SHOTS.. when trying to take pictures of the flock as you can see in the rest of the picture as we see very little of anything else! They are so funny. So I am especially grateful to our vocal Muffin who stood nicely for this picture.
This is our Icelandic ewe Ophelia and I love this regal picture of her. She looks like she could be royalty. She came from a polled mother and a polled father and her twin sister is also polled and yet her she is in all her glory with her beautiful horns. Her two lambs rest near her in this picture, one is a ram and one is a ewe. We keep the lambs and mothers in dry lot a good share of the time when they are so little due to coyotes and other predator animals as the babies are able to crawl through the hole pattern in the cattle panels but the hog panels work pretty well in keeping them corralled.
God blesses us so....
Tuesday, June 26, 2012
This is my darling Pansy the youngest of the triplets. Love the baby curls! She is going to be horned just like her mama.
Stay tuned for more cute lamb pictures in the next few days as we are looking for good homes for several ewes and their lambs.
Friday, June 15, 2012
Diamond D Shetlands & Icelandics
Thursday, June 14, 2012
One more lamb was born yesterday and I think we have one more ewe to lamb. The lambs are all so sweet and even the mothers seem more mellow, after all they have to set a good example....but you know how those baby lambs are! God's blessings to all of you....Pam
Wednesday, June 13, 2012
Three more lambs last night and I am sure there will be more shortly. God blesses us some more. Thank you God.
Tuesday, June 12, 2012
Have a good day...................
Monday, June 11, 2012
This is a picture of some of the plyed yarns that I had there for sale. My next sale comes up in a few weeks so I keep busy getting things ready and we are still having lambs born at the farm...there was (3) new ones this morning and I think 6 more ewes to go. God truly blesses us.
Friday, June 8, 2012
I counted and we still have (8) girls to lamb yet and I am hoping that all will be okay in that heat that we are supposed to have tomorrow.
Thursday, June 7, 2012
We will be lambing for another week or two. We choose to lamb late for the warmer weather.
This weekend I am at a Art Festival and Farmers Market which celebrates fine, LOCAL Artisans and Growers and it is being held at Deer Lake Orchard at 1903 10th St. Sw, Buffal, Mn. 55313 It is from 10-6 on Saturday and 11-5 on Sunday. They are planning on live music, nature walks through the orchard, visit with animals and babies and purchase wonderful local art and locally grown flowers, fruits and veggies and other local delicious food. There will be demos put on by some of the artists there, including me as I will have my spinning wheel along and my lovely wool items like handspun yarn for sale. It is supposed to be a hot weekend but we should be in a cool old dairy barn and it should be great fun. If you have questions about the event please call 763-682-4284 or visit their website at http://www.deerlakeorchard.com/.