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A Snowy Start to Lambing

Of course the weather would have to hit while I’m in full-swing-lambing, right?  On the 29th we woke up with a few inches of snow on the ground and when I tried to actually walk outside, I realized that rain had fallen on top and then frozen.  It was a sheet of ice in our parking area!  I was so thankful to have been able to get all mamas with lambs in to the barn and locked away. 

I was surprised, however, to find that Sophia had her two ram lambs in the night but am very thankful she is a ewe with sense and went in to the barn to have them.  I love ewes like that, and they can be hard to come by.  Later in the day Sprinkles had two ram lambs sired by Kenleigh’s Wrangler.  She had just what I was hoping for, a four horned ram lamb that I’ll keep my eye on as a possible future flock sire.  I’ve named him Fennel, and his brother is Mallow.  Both have nice fleeces and in hopefully keeping with previous years, I’m counting on nice horns as well.  With Jacobs it could go any which way.

Fennel, Sprinkles & Mallow

The one thing I really enjoy about having the lambs locked in the barn is that I get to play with them more.  The friendliest in the “girly” stall (well, plus Aster who is the only ram in that particular stall), is Edna’s lamb Chamomile.  As soon as you pick her up she mellows in to your arms and falls asleep.  She’s been known to give kisses too.  Her sister, Columbine, is not as friendly.  She’s very inquisitive but not a snuggler — more of an explorer.

Columbine checking out the water bucket

We woke up again with snow on the ground so I kept the ewes in all day today as well… They’re getting awefully fed up with me right about now.  I’m hoping for a beautiful day tomorrow so they can enjoy it outside with their new lambs.  The rest of the ewes that are free to roam go and eat and then head back to the barn to chew their cud and hang out.  I enjoy just sitting with them and watching. 

Selene

So far the count is 5 ewes with 9 lambs — the snow has melted off (except what is in the shade) and Princess, Stephanie and Boudicca look like they’re coming close to their lambing time.

Stella, Hazel & Beltie

 Off to go do the chores and hang out with the lambs — AND reassure April that tomorrow looks like a better day!

April with Aster and Fleur

Crocus and the Snowy Trail

First Snow of the Season!

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!