Waking up to a few inches of snow and a temperature below freezing means two things, we aren't going anywhere and the kids get to play in the snow. Unfortunately the snow had to come on a Sunday, but like always we had church service at our house. After lunch (and a quick nap) the family went out to "get some work done", which involved the kids getting pulled behind our Polaris. After the fun and games were over we fed the animals, and collected the eggs. The lambs seem to be growing really well. Even though we didn't go to church, I still think that we had a very blessed day!
We apologize that we haven't been very consistent with our posts, but life on the farm has brought on lots of jobs for us. To give a general recap on the all that has gone on since our last post would include farm work, camping with a few friends, and even more farm work. Since our last post we have had several additions to our farm family. We sold our breeding ram,"Cosmo",and added our newest breeding ram, Marsell, to the flock. Also,we have had another lamb crop. With a total of twenty baby lambs so far, our flock has grown.Camping has been an activity our family has always enjoyed. Our local park is in fact the best camping site for our family. This trip created memories that my family and I will never forget. During this trip we somehow discovered several, creative ways to entertain one another. At the time that we went camping, buckeyes could be found everywhere. We found out that if you try to roast a buckeye they will explode once they get hot enough. This would soon become a great toy to play with at night. With family and friends sitting around telling stories and throwing buckeyes into the fire, a pot of chili simmering, and the sound of the children playing, life couldn't have gotten any better. An experiment involving a very large homegrown watermelon proved to be highly entertaining.
Stay warm and dry. Mud is a part of life right now, so keep your boots on.
Although the sun was shining today, it was still a cool 40 degrees. Time to get the sheep out for a stretch. The little ones enjoy running around.
While feeding this evening, I caught these two guys hanging out with their dad. They had slipped out of their pen.
The little ones enjoy each other's company
The last few days have brought on a few more inches of snow and a few more mouths to feed. There are but two more sheep to lamb this round, and our additions to the farm will be slowed for a few months. We have been very fortunate to have several sets of twins and more females than males. The little ones adapt to their new world very quickly and grow so fast. They play with each other, especially when their mothers are busy eating at the feeder. They truly act like kids.
Wow...I know it's been a while since we updated our site. It's been really busy with the holidays and now lambing time. We don't get very many comments about our site, and we thank those that have commented, but if you do like the site please let us know. As I said, it is lambing time and my hasn't it been busy. To date, we have had fourteen lambs, including a few twins and one set of triplets. We still have four more sheep to have their lambs. The weather has been crazy, and of course the lambs started coming when the temps were in the single digits. We will try our best to update more often. Enjoy the new pictures.
Happy Thanksgiving. Hard to believe it's 63 degrees. Just 23 days ago, we had 8" of snow. It's been a long time since we updated our web page, but it's really been busy since school started back. As for the Sheep, we are expecting a lot of lambs in January. It will be a very busy time for us. Enjoy the new pictures.
Just about full...
The garden has been good to us this year. We've put away enough in canned goods to keep us for the winter and then a few more after that. We're still canning most evenings after work, but it should soon be slowing down. We hope to put away some apples later on this month and will be digging 'taters this evening. The sweet potatoes are still blooming, so it will be a while before those are ready to be put away. Today, the dehydrater is taking care of some onions and the last of the carrots were dug to eat with butter and honey. God is most certainly good to us.
Labor day brought the rain we've been waiting on. It has been almost four weeks since we've had rain and the ground is very dry and the grass is brown. Fortunately, the pastures are still strong. We spent most of the morning moving sheep and working on permanent division fence for the pastures. This rainbow was caught over the "dinner bell" after a hard rain. Remnants of hurricane Isaac.
Bruce and Amy Fitzwater of Joker Ridge Farm, where life is always busy and front porch swinging is a good way to end the day.