The sheep have been enjoying moving from pasture to pasture this spring and summer – mostly with the help of my new electric net fencing I got from Premier 1 Supplies. I am really loving having that fencing so that I can rotate the sheep, and keep them safe from coyotes.
Just recently, however, I’ve moved the fence to allow a much larger grazing area. I’m careful to bring them in every night though as there is a lot of wild rose bushes – which makes for great forage, but also great hiding for predators.
The sheep are not alone either – they’ve got six male llamas for company and some sort of protection. The llamas are owned by a friend of ours who uses them for packing. They are certainly not touted as “guard llamas” but I’ve noticed a tendency in a couple of them. I also know that in hanging out with the sheep, they’re also protecting themselves and would inadvertantly protect the sheep.
For the most part, the sheep are doing really well out on the grasses and bushes. There’s also lots of blackberries and willows that are good for the sheep as well. It is interesting to watch and see what the sheep crave each day.
Speaking of quickly moving days — this little girl is turning 5 on Sunday! Wow, where did the time go? I started this blog a few short months after she entered my life because I was craving real human interaction (even over the computer was satisfying!), now I’m over-loaded on the interaction. I wouldn’t trade her for anything though. And she loves checking on the sheep as much as I do – running up and down their paths. Country Girl, says it all.
Hope you’re having a lovely summer too!
We’re really happy to have this snow, we need it desperately here in Northern California. Our mountains were without a snow pack, period, and this will certainly help that out. It started snowing some time in the early morning hours and is continuing steadily (I’m writing this at a little after one o’clock in the afternoon PST.) We currently have around 5-6″ and building.
Going out to feed this morning was pretty humorous. Here is Blanche (gold colored) and Bonehead (Leghorn) coming out to see what on earth happened… then promptly they turned and went back inside. All the chickens demanded warm water and breakfast in bed. They got their food container filled, a sprinkling of scratch, and a fresh flake of hay to scratch around. Hopefully that will all keep them entertained for a while.
My favorite little flock of Cackler Geese circled over head, honking and deciding how to read their instruments for a safe landing on the pond.
Penelope was racing around like a crazy woman. It was a double jacket morning, especially since her legs are so stubby. She is technically a medium sized dog weighing in at around 55 lbs., but her legs are very short at around six inches long. She didn’t care though, the smile on her face was priceless while she played.
Despite the cold, Penelope and snow get along quite famously.
I decided to get some photos of our “Dudes” before I threw out a big flake of hay for them, this way they would actually pose for me rather than be stuffing their faces. And though I thought it was a good idea,…
…Lancelot wasn’t impressed. “Come on, Lady. Throw the stinkin’ food already.”
Tristan was being a little fussy about the snow settling on his wool.
After that, he was perfectly fine. He doesn’t get upset easily. Lancelot just has a little bit of a ‘tude.
Here’s the girls, diving in to breakfast.
And Hazel, enjoying every morsel.
The best part is that Annie has a friend over, which means mommy can stay warm and dry without fully participating in the activities of snowball fights, snow angels and the like. I get to just enjoy taking photos, which is perfectly alright with me!