Monday, July 20, 2015


Jonah loves chore time. He loves to help. He visits the chickens when I open their door to top up their feed and water and gather the eggs.

And he loves to poke his nose through the fence at the ram and wethers, who are now resident in one of the side yards at the barn - away from the ewe flock for now. They get a little bit of grain so they gain weight ahead of breeding season. Once breeding starts rams will often go off feed almost entirely as they tend to their duties - so I like to beef them up in advance.

The ewes come into to another of the barn yards at night, because of coyote pressure. When I take them out to pasture in the morning Jonah stays up at the barn and chats with the rams...

 and the pigs:


I guess someone (else) from town took a drive in the country to 'free' their cats.

These little kitties were meowing from a bit of a junk pile outside the barn last week. Scrawny as I'll get out. I put a little dog food out for them and when they hung around for a few days I went and bought a bag of kitten food and they're already putting on some weight.

There's a mama too but she's extremely shy and won't come out while I'm close enough to photo. I presume she's the mama as she eats with the kittens rather than chasing them away.

I have a death allergy to cats, but I hope one or more of them decide to stay on at the farm and tend to mousing duties in the barn.

When I go out to the barn one is always waiting, and calling to me - I think it hears me close the door at the house. As soon as I put the food in the bowl the second appears. Only when I back off does the third  one - the darkest with his back to the photo - cautiously approaches.

Friday, July 10, 2015

Dog Ate My Homework

In this case, my homework is my 2015 Lambing Diary. Argh!

Fortunately I had all the Shetland data input to my livestock maanagement program, but not the Khatadins.


Day is Done

After a day of good grazing the sheep know its time to come in for the night and are usually camped out by the gate when I go out just before dusk to bring them in.

Monday, July 6, 2015

Koigu Colours

Here are some socks I finished up this week, all Koigu KPPPM and all in size Small:





That tops up my collection of Koigu Small, and this week I'll be working on topping up my Koigu Mediums.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Koigu Rainbow

There was a beautiful rainbow over the farm the other night as I went to bring in the flock. By the time I got my camera out of my pocket, and swatted a few mosquitoes, the clouds had begun to move in. Still, it was a beauty.

It inspired my to reprise my Koigu Rainbow Socks.

In the pic above I am just completing a heel in KPPPM mixed rainbow colour P822. The kind folks at Koigu made this colourway at my request, incorporating the specific dye colours in the colours I selected for my rainbow stripes.

The individual colours are: 
Red - P816
Orange - P 603
Yellow - P521
Green - P 819
Blue - P451
Purple - P809

Size Small, knit with the 54 needle cylinder and 27 slot ribber dial on the Legare 400. 1x1 Ribbed top and rest in stockinette. Heels and toes reinforced with Wooly Nylon.

There are no rainbows today - totally overcast and a cold raining drizzle. So its nice to at least be working with sunny colours.

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Road Trip!

Jonah and I made a little road trip this morning.

The dog crate rode in the back of the truck, while Jonah rode in the back seat, as usual.

We picked up two passengers at a farm down country.

At home in their new pen at the farm.

These girls have been weaned for about two weeks, and weigh about 35 lbs each. (Their mama was pretty close to the size of my truck.)

Their job is to clean up the lambing barn.

At this age they will be on full feed, but as they get older and learn to root, they'll find much of their sustenance in the 18" bedding pack left at the end of lambing. There will be all kinds of treats for them in there - bit of spilled or undigested grain, seeds from the hay and straw.

When they are all done, the stable floor will be more than a foot lower, and what is left will be like peat moss and easy for me to shovel out.

This used to be a standard farm practice, back in the days of the small family farm. Now, not so much.

The girls don't have names yet. I'm thinking on it...