Friday, 18 August 2017

Eight Sheep and a Pony

I love this gate. One of the farm originals, it looks out onto the yard. When the animals stand behind in there is a lovely view, and it's my favourite place to have my pets because I can see them from the kitchen window or when I'm driving on the lane.

 Blue Belle's dieting on her tiny field has stopped because she'd eaten it bare and her feet kept getting dirty. Now she's living the round life.

She's accompanied by my eight pet sheep and lambs.

The two brown ladies, Maggie and Millie.

With Honey gone there's only the two of them with brown faces.

Blue Belle and the sheep love to stand at this gate because they can see out into the yard.

Anita, the baby of the flock, is absolutely huge now.

Rosie still follows me everywhere.

And Audrey does too.

Maggie being glamourous:

Audrey still hasn't grown into her ears.

Maggie and Penny relaxing by Blue Belle's tiny field. The grass is starting to grow in there again, but I know the moment I'd put her in there it'd turn into a mudbath.

So freedom it is. She's not complaining.

Here comes Audrey!

She has a very dainty walk with tiny strides that is very cute.

Getting a decent photo of Penny is extremely difficult, but I'm very happy with this one.

Margo, Maggie and Bob enjoying the longer grass at the field's edges:

I can't pay attention to the sheep for long before Blue Belle comes over to get strokes too.

I love having the family together.

Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Wordless Wednesday #83 ::: Rainy Day Family Photo

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Monday, 14 August 2017

Goodbye, Honey

A few months ago I made the difficult decision to sell Honey for a number of reasons, the main one being that she bullied everyone else. With older and younger sheep in a field together a bit of posturing is to be expected, but Honey seemed to go out of her way to cause trouble. It was one of those decisions that never occurs to you, and once it does it's like a weight has lifted from your shoulders. I waited to sell her until we had some lambs ready to go too so she wasn't on her own.

Two of the pet lambs were in this batch too - Brown-Faced Lamb and Miss Piggy.

Honey marked and ready to go.

The marker was fresh on their wool and got yellow and blue everywhere. (Our unofficial colours for the sale ring are blue and yellow - a wonderful coincidence that they mix to form green.)

The pet lambs may have been shorter in stature but they were rounder.


We drove to the saleyard, about twenty-five minutes away, and when we arrived we waited for the opportune moment to join the queue. I opened the side door of the trailer to check on everyone.

All had arrived safely.

Miss Piggy and the Brown-Faced Lamb were the first of the pet lambs to go this year.

Honey had never been away from home before.

She came over for scratches.

Her companions didn't, but then they weren't pets.

One last look at Honey.

She was sold for breeding, so she's out there somewhere...

Saturday, 12 August 2017

Bringing the Bales Home

We've been making bales again! Haylage this time. Pip was my helper this evening.

Dad arrived with his tractor and trailer a few minutes after us and got straight to work loading them. He doesn't take long.

Then he loaded my trailer while Pip made sure she didn't miss her lift home!

Less than half an hour later, the bales are in a row at home ready for wrapping in the morning.

This is the pattern of summer on the farm.