Friday, April 22, 2011

Lots of Hail

In fact, ever since we moved to the NW from NH, I have never seen so much hail. I did not get a photo of it but I heard a weird sound and looked out the bedroom window, and here comes a wall of white.... very impressive to say the least because it was hail. Small hail Thank goodness.
And it was Bouncy hail! Tried to take photos of that, but wasn't really able to capture how impressive it was. If you click on the photos you can kind'a see some of the hail bouncing back up.

Monday, April 18, 2011

Where's Spring and some lamb photos

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Sheesh... Mother nature sure has some kind of sense of humor.

Halter training the lambs. They are doing really well and following quite readily. So I let them eat around the house this morning, while I was doing some chores.

Very picturesque capture, lambs near the very old fruit trees. Which by the way haven't even flowered yet. The Fruit trees, not the lambs. ;O)

They are really friendly and are exploring all over the place. No worries with them. First time on the porch, at least they did not leave any ....ah .. presents like Edda does.

I heard a banging at the back door and .....Guess who came knocking and steaming up the windows? Can you see Mia to the bottom right?
Stairs no problems for lambs.

No worries with these two. They wanted me to come out, then they followed me perfectly and I lead them back into their pasture. Think they wanted to go back in! Smart lambs.

Fruit trees are just budding out but haven't even flowered yet. :P

First Magnolia flower just starting to open.

Daffodils, hanging their heads because of the weather but at least they are finally starting to Bloom.
And can you believe it, we have had a pretty heavy frost 2 mornings in a row and the temps feel more like late Autumn instead of spring, for goodness sakes.
But at least it is still pretty and green.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Naming the Lambs and the new Scratch thingy

The Cats had decided scratching the back of the chair was a fun thing to do. Me, not so much. So I found a heavy duty card board scratch thingy, not sure what else to call it. And that has seemed to of done the trick. They now happily play on and scratch the new thingy, not the chair. Just wish I thought of it sooner.
Was trying to get Mia to pose pretty for me but she was more interested in playing.

After reading about all the interesting ah.... name ideas for the lambs by my friends and DH ;O) LOL....
I had these two names pop into my head, Apollo and Atlas. Both are named after satellites, as I figure once they figure out where their grain and hay come from, they will be running around me, like two satellites.

It hasn't been a full day yet since they arrived, but this morning when they saw me walking towards them with the feed bucket, I sure had their attention. They even followed me into the shed. Apollo was the first to come up to the bucket before I could back away. Atlas, stood off a little with a hopeful look in his eye, so I backed away and he came and ate out of his feed pan. I do not think it will take long to tame them the way I want. So halter training can start next week.
I do really enjoy having sheep again.

Looks like we are going to finally have a much needed break from the rain today. So much to do, so little time to do it.

Monday, April 11, 2011

Katahdin Lambs arrived this morning.

I have a bit of a grass problem... too much of it in my horse paddocks. I do not want to use Toxic stuff to get rid of the grass, so the next best thing is sheep. They can graze the grass so short the horse's can't get to it but it leaves a cover over the ground and less likely to get muddy.
If things weren't the way they are, would of gotten a couple more. But as they grow the next couple of months, they will start eating more and more grass and weeds.

Can't tell you how much I have missed having sheep. These two wether's are Katahdin hair sheep and I love the colors they have. Another plus, is I do not have to shear.
Will leave them alone for about a week and then halter training begins. Need to be able to move them from pasture to pasture and want them a little more tamed out. Glad I kept all my old sheep stuff from back when.

Katahdins are a medium sized sheep, males weighing between 180 and 200lbs when full grown, so the biggest sheep I have ever dealt with. And one of the few US breeds of sheep.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Spring ? Well Almost

DS going out to do a burn for me. Of course Nari has to help and rode on DS's shoulders all the way out to the burn pile. Nari loves going everywhere with DS and helping him out!

Down in the Valley area's, it has been full spring for a few weeks. Up here in the hills, we are not quite there yet. This is the first spring flower we have blooming. The Japanese cherry trees are no where near blooming yet.
March was extremely wet, in fact the most rain I have ever seen here and April isn't starting out any better.

The next hill over, the one we named "Rainbow Hill" doesn't disappoint. All we need is a little rain, no problem there and a bit of sunshine and we always get a rainbow, this one is a large double!
Above is the close up and below, can see the double.