Thursday, May 29, 2008

last one

i thought that lambing was over with the delivery of olive's ewe. i was wrong. back in december, christmas day actually, my ewe snazzy (olive's mom!), was very ill and to make a long story short, we were operating under the assumption she was not yet bred and removed her from the herd. she remained away from my ram until about april.

once lambing was over, i started shearing everyone. and once i sheared her i noticed her udder was mildly developed. then, as i watched over the next couple of weeks, her belly expanded. so, i prepared myself for another lambing!

she gave birth early in the morning on may 27 to this adorable, tiny lamb:

i suppose that even though she was on death's door on christmas, she was in the process of conceiving! this is the cutest little lamb i have ever seen. so petite and such a rich, dark brown. we have named her sukki, which i derived from of the icelandic word for chocolate.

Friday, May 02, 2008

other babies

i did an inspection of the young fruit trees to see how they made it through their first winter. out of the 20+ we planted in the back field, three didn't make it and there is a fourth i am suspicious of. i made a trip out to the farmer's co-op and picked out two dwarf sweet cherries as replacements so far, and got them in the ground. we will be making a trip back for some more apple trees soon, so we'll pick out the other replacements then.

while i was at it, i started replacing the nursery tags with the copper tags i bought last year. sometimes it is the small jobs that are the most neglected and procrastinated, so i am glad i at least got started on the labeling. i also need to make a tree map just in case someone loses their tag over the years.