We’ve been out of touch for awhile, but the more I read of other blogs, the more I realize that this is relatively common – and with wrapping up a busy school year, as well as trying to get the tomatoes planted, the CSA off and running, and perhaps a bit of hay put in the barn, we’ve hardly had time for talking to each other, let alone spreading the news to everyone else.
Things have been busy with the sheep, too, and we’re experiencing the lows along with the highs, including an illness with one of the Easter ewe lambs (polio, perhaps?), from which Rupert nursed her back to health. We are still keeping a close eye on her, but hopefully she will maintain this recovery, and she has been enjoying being back on pasture with the whole flock. The Easter lambs are starting to get so big that from a distance it can be difficult to distinguish the two generations in the pasture.
The Elizabethans have been grazing a little further from the barn yard recently, but they obediently come to the gate when it is time to head back to the barn at night (and I only slightly worry about coyotes, with their increased presence during the night-time chorus).
The other big news of the ovine variety is that Buffy (aka Jumper, the free-range shetland) surprised us, and herself apparently, by birthing a little ram lamb on pasture a couple of Saturdays ago. I guess that explains why she hadn’t been jumping out in recent months.
Mom and babe are both doing well (Buffy is back to being an escape artist again, and has been teaching her little guy her tricks). Hazel adores him, and it seems the feeling is mutual, as he listens for her bark and chases her whenever he gets the chance. Only his mom’s anxious baas distract him from the dog’s antics, or when Hazel gets a little overstimulated and starts chasing him (or licking him) with a little too much vigour.
Of course, the animals have their own distractions. Buffy seemed more than a little interested in the road-rescue turtle being released in the pasture pond…
…and Hazel has the new piglets to keep an eye on.
All in all, things have been moving along well here. We’re trying to get into the rhythm of the summer (whatever that means), raspberries are ripening as I type, the delinguent poppies have bloomed all through the house veggie garden, providing irritation and inspiration all at once, and the new flower garden in front of the verandah is even starting to fill out.
Maybe we’ll even get back into the rythm of keeping this blog updated…