We’re a month in to winter, and when I look back at the pictures, I’m reminded of two things: how easy it is to watch the days go by and wonder how they got away from you; and how inconsistent the weather was at the start of this season. The sheep hate the rain, as it means having to get their feet wet at some point, but they seem to be enjoying the snow (as long as it’s cold enough to keep the puddles at bay).
At the beginning of December, the fields were still looking quite green, and the red of the blueberry bushes matched the dogwood along the edges of the sheep pasture.
I keep my camera on me often as I’m working or walking around the farm, but it never seems to be at the ready when the best shots present themselves. Gertrude, however, loves it when I get the camera out…especially when she can chew on the cord and case…
The sheep discovered the temporary compost pile early on, and recently have become aquainted with the taste of squash and cabbage.
Their favourite “treat”, by far, is carrots…sweetened by frost. They’re getting quite greedy for them (Luke prefers carrots to a handful of barley).
The little Romney roam further than the others (who tend to hang close to the gate waiting for carrots), although the smallest 3 have a tendancy to leave Loretta behind. They tear off at top sheep speed, enjoying kicking up their heels and the snow…while Loretta baas after them to wait up, or turns her head as they race back towards her and pass her just as she gets up some speed of her own. She is certainly tubbier than the other 3, and sinks down into the snow further. A couple of weeks ago, Rupert and I started speculating about whether or not she might be expecting (or should I say, whether or not we should be expecting…)
Closer examination of a potential udder today seems to back up our suspicions that she was perhaps bred before we picked her up on my birthday back in September. Now I’m going to be disappointed if there isn’t a little Romney lamb (or two) around for me to enjoy over my school break in February…
We’ll keep you posted. hj