Wednesday, October 28, 2009
I wanted to have the young person close enough to me that I could visit, give advice and help as needed, and attend the show to lend support and cheer.
Paige and her mom came today to pick up Somerhill Serenade, a 6 year old ewe who is bred to Lanark for early March lambs. The past 2 years, Sere has given me twin ewe lambs, and I hope she is planning on doing that next spring for Paige. Part of the award process requires the lambs to be shown at a local fair, and they will be Paige's breeding sheep project in 4-H next year.
If you are interested in developing a similar program for youth in your part of the country, I'd be happy to send you the 2 page application and rules. Or if you are an Ohio youth and would like to apply for 2010, contact me.
Monday, October 26, 2009
Lanark got the lion's share of the flock. He is with Pegasus, Serenade, Aislinn, Arlene, Hannelore, Ballad, Nell, Iden, Colette, Wallis, Vivace, Wynne, Wilkie, Jillian, and the 2 biggest ewe lambs, Bijoux and Quadrille. Bob is their guard. They are in the pasture east of the barn along the road, but will soon move farther east into the 5A hayfield at the far eastern edge of the farm.
I like to keep a few fences and several hundred yards between breeding groups - its saves bruises on ram's heads and wondering which ram actually bred which ewe!
You can see pictures of the rams and all the ewes mentioned HERE
The flock due date will be March 19th. Mark your calendars - this basically guarantees that Ohio will experience its coldest spell of the year, complete with sub-zero temperatures and blizzard conditions.
Sunday, October 25, 2009
This is Somerhill McDuff now that he is 7 months old. WOW - he has grown, and is looking really good. You can see a baby picture of him posted July 12th. Anne has done very well raising him, and he is more than ready to breed their small flock of BFLs and colored crosses.
Some of the flowers around the house. Most the property is wooded, and the house is set on a flat spot on the hilltop overlooking farmground and pastures to the east. The site is dotted with maple and shagbark hickory trees, so most the yard is shady.
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
This is a beautiful old star magnolia with a hollow spot in a limb. I love its grey bark, picturesque branching habit, and shiney leaves.
Monday, October 19, 2009
I can't repeat what Chuck said when he opened the cabinet door to get a coffee mug this morning. Below is a better picture of the creepy thing.
For quite a few months, a small plastic spider has been making the rounds, popping up in drawers, my hairbrush, inside the birdfood container, etc. This morning, I upped the ante:
Friday, October 16, 2009
This is Somerhill Vendetta, a registered fawn with 2 legs. (picture is of her baby coat, she is similar in color to Valhalla now as an adult) She is also 2, has raised a litter (by Valhalla) and is rebred for early November to a different buck. She is $100.
Buy the pair for $200.
Sunday, October 11, 2009
Thursday, October 8, 2009
Tonight, I clipped Vendetta, and bred her to Benz, who was already clipped down. So a litter of French Angoras is on the way (I hope I hope) .
Tomorrow night, I have to start clipping Valhalla. Once he is finished, I need to check over Vidal, and then I am DONE clipping for a while, I think. There are a few juniors that need a thorough grooming, but that does not take long - maybe 10 minutes per bunny.
While clipping, I've also been spinning up the wool as I go. So after all that work, I just have one skein of white FA to ply, and a bag of fawn from Vendetta, and then I'm out of angora already.