Thursday, January 3, 2008

Ah, January!


Happy New Year!
I'd better post a snowy scene, quick, before it all melts next week! We have had the usual Minnesota -10 to +28 degree weather since the first snows came in early December, so it's stayed on the ground all month. Now they tell us we will have temps above freezing for 4-5 days, so this should be interesting.
Before it's gone, here's a snowy scene of my two old farm cats, Frances and Jake. They "came with" the farm when we bought it 4 years ago. This is the only season in which their natural camouflage coloring works, so I had to catch them sunning in front of their barn. Frances is in the wonderful black plastic sled made for hauling hay bales, and Jake poses modestly in front of the old runner sled now made obsolete by the plastic sled. (Shepherd's tip: the black sled also worked really well as a hay manger-- until it was needed to tackle the deep snow. Same manufacturer as those round plastic calf huts we all like as little sheep shelters.)

Now, secondly, someone once wanted to see a picture of Bourbon (Firth of Fifth Don Telmo Bourbon), a very pretty, mioget? fawn? caramel-colored ram that Garrett Ramsay so generously let me buy last summer. I did catch a nice picture of him with Minwawe Equator last November-- these two senior rams together, just before they were sent into breeding pens with the girls. So here is that photo. Bourbon's on the right. He's going to need a new home or, ahem, another situation soon. I can't wait to see his caramelly offspring in April, but I never want to put him near a building I value again. Of course, maybe some advance planning will take care of that.

Have a great New Year! I am happy to be through the holidays, fun as they were, and on into spinning & weaving season!

6 comments:

Garrett808 said...

um. WOW did Bourbon turn out to look NICE! The horns sure are wrapping nicely and he had a good fleece length on him already then! I hardly recognized the handsome man.

I can tell you from experience he didn't like to be alone. And everyone else's comments about not being able to SEE the other ewes or rams would be a good idea. I know several that use tarps to cover their fences and the bashing quit. Then again a different situation, different solutiion.

I was really happy with all his lambs this year. I kept back two of the boys and sold two to breeding flocks. I kept all four ewe lambs. All very typey and soft. Keep us posted!

Gail V said...

It's fun to see the young 'uns after they've left the farm, isn't it? That is good news about his offspring. Did any get his coloring? I can't wait to see what he throws.

Michelle at Boulderneigh said...

He certainly has the golden face color of a mioget....

Becky Utecht said...

Yes, he looks mioget to me too.

Nancy K. said...

Beautiful rams, Gail! You should get some very nice lambs this Spring...

I'd vote mioget on Bourbon as well.

Nancy K. said...

Dear Gail,

It is time for your monthly blog update!