Friday, 16 February 2018

Updates on the New Arrivals

Fly has been here for almost three weeks now and she's such a sweetie and so settled, it feels like she's been here forever. We love her to bits!

Lambing, meanwhile, is now in full swing. This week has been some of the most difficult lambing I have ever faced, as I was experiencing pneumonia for the first time as well. Thankfully I'm now almost fully recovered, but it means that the camera has not been out for a while. I took these photos before I got sick...

It feels forever ago now, but this is our first ewe and lamb:

Our other first ewe and lambs (we found them in the shed together - I have no idea who came first!):

An additional cutie...

All of these ewes and lambs are now enjoying life outside and lots and lots of lambs have been born since. It's just a job to keep up with them all!

Saturday, 3 February 2018

New Babies

Last week we finally had some lambs! All at once! This ewe had twin boys:

This ewe had a single girl:

And then there was this little chap. His mother had no milk, so we used the lamb adoption service, run by a local saleyard, to find a mother for him. One was found within a few hours and that evening he was off to his new home.

It was another whole week before another lamb appeared. That's how it starts...

Monday, 29 January 2018

Destiny and a Dog

Everyone, I'd like you to meet Fly. She's a surprise new addition to the family!

Her old owner is a bale customer of ours, and could no longer keep her, so he asked if we'd like her. With Pip now retired for health reasons, we had actually been talking about perhaps getting a puppy, but then Fly fell onto our laps.

It's quite amazing, the way her story parallels our old Fly's so closely. Both arrived at just over a year old, both were already named Fly, both were kind-natured and gentle, both were very fluffy, black and white, and loved tummy rubs. It's almost like destiny, I think.

She is just the sweetest thing! I love her already.

Thursday, 25 January 2018

Happy First Birthday, Penny!

She celebrated with a walk...

...and the traditional gift of an all you can eat feast.

Saturday, 20 January 2018

Snow Again

It snowed again! Not as heavily as back in December but still - snow! It didn't stop snowing until the afternoon, so the boys were late getting their food.

Blue Belle is her prettiest in snow.

Maggie looked the cosiest with all of her cheek wool.

She reminds me of a hamster with chubby cheeks!

Monday, 15 January 2018

The Rainy Day Mood

It was yet another dreary, rainy day, so Holly and I had in indoor photoshoot. While I was taking these I thought they'd look best in black and white, to really capture that rainy day mood.

She's a joy to photograph but she always has her tongue out - I think this might actually be the first time I've managed to photograph her with her mouth closed!

Saturday, 13 January 2018

Year of the Pig

The start of a new year means that my lambs from last year - Penny, Audrey, Maggie, Anita, Mabel and Morag - are no longer lambs, but "hoggets", which is not the nicest of words but that's the way it is. My babies are all grown up.

The hoggets of last year - Margo, Millie and Rosie - they're now ewes and will remain so for the rest of their days.

And Bob... well, he's just Bob.

Thursday, 11 January 2018

Holly's Adventures

Holly has been staying here for a few weeks now and she's settled well into country life. She loves playing ball on damp winter mornings.

And she's found a new friend in Pip.

We're having lots of fun with Holly. All too soon she'll be going home again...

Monday, 8 January 2018

The Pet Blogger Challenge 2018

For those who may be visiting your blog for the first time, how long have you been blogging and what is your main topic?

If you're visiting for the first time: hello and welcome! I have been blogging for almost eight years now. I blog about life on my family farm, mainly about my dogs, my pony and my flock of pet sheep. I don't write a lot, this is a photography blog.

What was your proudest blogging moment of 2017?

I don't really have one? I'm just pleased that I kept going, considering how bad the weather was last year. Beautiful sunrises/sunsets are a huge motivation for me to go out with the camera and those just... didn't really happen last year? It was always so cloudy or downright raining.

Which of your blog posts was your favorite this year and why? (Please include a link.)

Without a doubt, The Audience. It's the story of a lamb's first moments after being born, with a host of characters watching on. It's cute and funny. It didn't get much attention when I first posted it, but if anyone's having a bad day I point them in its direction.

In terms of your blog, how do you measure success?

I consider this blog a success when I go to look something up and it's there. Such as if I was wondering what Pip's first day here was like, I can go and look it up. Social media has changed so much since I started - in this blog's heyday, back in 2010/11, I would get five to ten comments on every post, but now the average is just one or two. I always enjoy reading them, though!

In what ways has your blog changed during 2017?

The biggest change has been the title. I finally went for it and dropped "The Dogs of" from The Dogs of Greenhill Farm. My blog is more about the sheep than the dogs these days, and so the title had become outdated. I'm glad I did it because it was bothering me a bit. As well as that I finally made a Facebook page for my blog, and rather than having my sidebar full of photos, I made an About Us page.

What was the biggest blogging challenge you overcame in 2017, and what did you learn that could help other bloggers?

I have another blog on a different platform that has really taken off in the last six months so making time for this one became much more difficult. At the start of 2017 I was making a post every other day, but now I just make one when I have the time. It's okay to take things more slowly and not to panic!

When things get hard, what keeps you blogging?

I'm very proud of this blog and how long I've been doing it, so that motivates me to keep going. I'm not afraid to take a small break if inspiration is escaping me.

Looking forward to 2018, what are you hoping to accomplish on your blog?

I'm quite happy with the blog right now. I don't have any big plans in the works, just to enjoy myself and my time with my animals.

In addition to what you’d like to accomplish, is here one specific skill you’d like to improve or master this year?

I would love to learn a bit of HTML so I could modify my theme if I so chose, but it's very complicated and I'm not sure where to begin!

Now it’s your turn! You have the attention of the pet blogging community – is there a question you’d like answered, or an aspect of your blog that you’d like input on? Share it here, and we’ll answer you in the comments!

I have a new blog theme for 2018 - how does it look?

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Saturday, 6 January 2018

Feeding at First Light

Every morning the tip lambs are fed some nuts. On this particular morning it was Teddy and I who had the job to do.

The boys are very cheeky and would knock you over if you didn't get out of the way.

It's the only time when they're in the field that you can see them up close.

Teddy keeps a close eye on things!