Showing posts from January, 2010

Email and Website Down

Unfortunately, my server is experiencing difficulties and my website is down. My email associated with the website is also out of commission.  So if you are trying to contact me, please use riveroaksshetlands at yahoo dot com.
Sorry about the inconvenience, hopefully things will be back to normal soon.
This is our oldest ewe, Bramble Cordelia. She'll be 11 in March.  She's an F1 Minder, Ag Katmoget, one of a set of quadruplets. Her fleece is the longer wavy type, very nice.  Her micron tests for 2009 came back at 25.9 AFD, 5.7 SD, and 21.9 CV.
She's still quite a character and one of my favorites.  I kept both of the twins she raised last summer, Camille, an Ag gulmoget and Greyson, an Ag grey with 1" scurs.  She wasn't exposed to a ram this year. I will keep her in with unbred ewe lambs at lambing along with Shachah.  No lambs due here until the second week of April.


Sorry to scare everyone with that last title. I've been so busy with all my volunteer activities and the excitement of LOTS of new arts grant funding here in Minnesota. So many things to consider and possibilities!
Life is pretty good with only 16 sheep here now (until Sebastian comes home) and lambing not due to start until April.  The ewes run and jump enjoying the cool weather.

Shachah and Ozzie are doing great, but the cats are driving me crazy again.  The young one gets stir crazy in the winter and bugs his poor old mom to no end.

Heartbreak and Disappointment

I wasn't going to get my hopes up this time. I knew it could go either way, all I really wanted was a respectable showing - not a blow out.  But when the Vikings had possession with under a minute left in the NFC Championship game, and all they needed was a field goal, I really thought they would win and be on their way to the Super Bowl.  And then came the 12 men in the huddle penalty and then even worse, the interception that put the game into overtime.  Oh yes, heartbroken again!  Thankfully there are lots of other exciting things in life to concentrate on until the sting goes away...

The disappointment in my title comes from Greyson's fleece.  I parted it a week or so ago and found the dreaded cream colored band at the base that is characteristic of his Ag genetics.  I can only hope that it's just a seasonal band and his fleece will retain at least some of his beautiful grey color as it grows out.  I know that is wishful thinking.  But I can hope.  Just like Vikings fa…

A Serendipitous Typo

It's another cold morning here in Mora (-17F), but things are finally supposed to warm up in the coming days - yay! 
I have to feed the sheep and then get on the road to my first Minnesota Lamb and Wool Producers meeting, 116 miles away.
Just wanted to share what I found when I went to check my Gmail account for messages.  I inadvertently typed in  There I found a blog with wonderful cut paper art and a cool video. I love pop-up artwork - so this was like a treat from the universe to me. For those of you who never make typos, here's a link.  Enjoy!

I'm adding it to my blog list. :-)

Welcome to 2010! Goodbye 2009

Well here we are at the start of a new year!  I always love New Year's Day because it's time to start over and get organized, clear out the clutter of  the previous year.  Time to start fresh.

BUT my goodness, it's COLD out there!  We had -22F this morning and we got up to +2F this afternoon, the forecast is for -26F tonight.  The sheep take it in stride, in fact the ewes have been kicking up their heels quite a bit lately.  So far the chickens and the geese are taking it well too. Last night was the first time I've closed up the chicken's barn all winter.

Diamond and Opal, two BFL/Shetland cross ewe lambs, left this afternoon to go live in Alexandria, MN -- it's even colder there!  Mabeline will join them on Thursday.  She's Opal's mother and Diamond's grandmother. I'm glad to see her go to a good home with other sheep in her line. She's my last white Shetland ewe. I always loved the fact that she rooed easily and carries spots and is an …