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Archive for March, 2015

Jumping Jack!

Well he is here…he arrived yesterday evening just before it got dark.  A healthy baby boy!  Only minutes old and already trying to stand up.

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All cleaned up and going in for that first drink.

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I left them alone to get acquainted and went off to do the chores, feed and water the chickens and sheep, and bring fresh hay and water for Olivia.  She would surely be hungry after all that work.

When I came back to check on him he must have had a good drink because he was pretty lively…walking around his Mom and even jumping.

Check him out…sorry about the noisy generator!

What a boy…made me think of jumping jacks and jack in the box…so there’s his name…Jack.

This morning both Mother and Son are doing well.

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Mom’s turn to have a drink.
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Welcome to the farm Jack!

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Lots of things happening on Morris Brook Farm.  Lots of comings and goings.

Olivia’s new baby should be coming any day now.

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Her belly is so big it may soon be dragging on the ground.

Brie is growing up, she is almost as big as her Mom.

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The time has come for her to head off to another farm to have babies of her own.  We put her in the sheep pen for the night and parked the trailer in the gate for her to get used to.

It didn’t take long, a little grain and some hay and the trailer was a pretty attractive place to be.

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Especially when the snow started coming down.

The time is also here for the sheep to come out of their winter pen,

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and spend some time grazing in the field.

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I have also decided to send my remaining wool fleeces away to be processed.  Washing and carding is fun but very time consuming…now I just want clean, carded wool to play with.

I had forgotten how big one fleece can be.

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The remainder of last year’s wool is boxed up and going to Alberta.

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I can’t wait to see what it looks like when it comes back.

Last but not least…the wild-flowers are coming.

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It is so nice to see some color again on our walks, although as I write this post the snow is falling once more.

Spring and Winter are still in a bit of a tug-of-war…coming and going, but we all know which will win!

 

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Catching Up

I just realized it has been almost a month since I last posted.  It’s time to catch up.

After a month of separation the calves were allowed back into the big field with their mothers.

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Lily attempted to drink from Olivia the first day but Olivia just kicked and walked away.  I even saw Birdie chasing Lily away from Olivia, almost as if she was saying “Leave your mother alone!  You are too old to be drinking milk.”

Since then, no more drinking, just mothers and daughters happy to be together again.

The chickens are enjoying the bare ground, scratching and bathing in the sun and the dirt.

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They must be happy…they keep leaving me daily gifts!

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The sheep are ready to lose their winter woolies.  In the winter they love to nap in the sun, and now that it is spring (almost) they look for shady spots to nap.

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Shearing day isn’t too far away.

Look what I found yesterday!

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A brave little crocus…smiling up at me.

Have a great day!

 

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