Showing posts from May, 2010

Some lamb photos..

Lanora's ram lamb, I'm thinking of naming him Gwynfor. He's got good blue coloring.  He's for sale since we have retained three of his sisters, $250.

Leonie's ram lamb at three weeks has horns coming in already. He's for sale too since he's related to all of our young ewes...
And this is Ebony, Lana's daughter...she's very heavy in the Roban Dillon and Holly lines as well as being an F3 Minder.

Even though she's the oldest of our Shetland lambs, she remains a compact little package. I think she's a nice looking lamb, still quite shy of people though.

And this is Hannah's ewe lamb, Rosie. She's the friendliest of our Shetland lambs. She looks exactly like her mother did as a lamb. But she reminds me of my all time favorite ewe, Cocoa.

And here is Hattie's grey ewe lamb.  I'm thinking of naming her Heddy after her grandmother. I am so happy to get an Ag grey ewe!  Her twin sister is behind her on the left in the photo below.  She&…

For Garrett -

I thought this was a cute video - and knowing a Corgi lover here in MN, I thought I'd share it.

Rained Out - I need a new tent!

I should have known Saturday wasn't going to turn out quite as expected when I stopped at Burger King in Rush City for a quick breakfast on my way down to the Swede Hollow Plein Air Art Fest.  I ordered two $1 items and the bill was only $1.70. When I asked the 16 yr old clerk why it was so low, she perkily replied that she gave me the SENIOR DISCOUNT.  I know she thought she was doing me a favor so I thanked her, but it was a little disconcerting to be told in not so many words that I look like a senior citizen.  It's not that I think I look especially YOUNG, but I didn't think I looked that OLD either (she wouldn't tell me what age a person has to be to qualify for the Sr. discount - okay I'll admit that I do qualify for the discount here in Mora where it's 55).  Oh well, time to get used to looking like a granny!  For the record, when I cashiered in the deli, I never gave anyone a senior discount unless they asked for it. I don't care how old they looked…

Flea Market & Auction Buys

I'm supposed to be getting ready to do The First Annual Swede Hollow Plein Air Arts Fest in St. Paul, MN this weekend, but I keep finding other things to do.

Look what I got at the auction today for $5!  It started with the basket for $1, I figured my wool goods would look nice in it.

But then I went for the counter stool and the two kitchen chairs, and I jumped at the chance to get the rattan chair too.  $1 each!  I had to take two VCRs that were on the counter stool but fortunately, someone else took them off my hands. And I agreed to take the matching backless counter stool. 

At Shepherd's Harvest I realized I needed an old fashioned wooden clothes drying rack to display my washable pelts, I remembered that a guy who makes them often comes to the Pine City Flea Market. So I made it a point to head over there this morning and he was there.  So I bought the biggest one he had, in this photo it's not fully extended.

They are very sturdy, yet lightweight and they fold up fo…

Third Tier Market Lambs

Some of you may recall that last fall I sold my Ile de France cross ram and traded six Shetland Mule ewes to a new shepherdess in exchange for one market lamb from each of them plus their 2010 fleeces. Well, the last set of lambs was born three days ago, so I went over to see what the lambs looked like.
Oh my gosh, they are just BEAUTIFUL lambs! 
LeeAnne did a great job managing the breeding pens last fall, the pregnant ewe flock and the lambing this spring.  She has great crop of lambs to show for it.
The biggest one is Butler, he was a single.  He's 3 weeks old now. 

I took a video of the lambs having fun on a hay bale. LeeAnne got 10 lambs from the six mules and 5 lambs from her three Dorset cross ewes.  She's willing to sell some of Shetland Mule ewes after weaning if anyone is interested in some great production ewes with excellent fleece.

I have to confess, seeing all those cute white lambs running around made me kind of sad I traded them away, if only we could utilize al…

Shepherd's Harvest this Weekend!

I can't believe it's already Shepherd's Harvest weekend!  My booth is in Building D on the north end in the middle isle on the east side, third booth from the end.  I'll have a helper watching my booth until noon on Saturday due to a scheduling conflict with a presentation I have to make for my latest grant application. How come everything always happens at the same time?
I dug out several sheepskins I had done over the winter.  They are washable 3/4 BFL pelts in full fleece and they are SO soft.  Three are white and one is charcoal black. I also have a beautiful Moorit Shetland pelt and some shearling pelts in white and English Blue grey (BFL).
I made several batches of lotion the other day while keeping an eye on Leonie's labor. Their scents match my homemade milk soaps.  And of course, I have Shetland and BFL roving and top in white and natural colors, washed BFL locks, white Shetland Mule combed top and some large 45 x 72" felting/quilting batts made from Sh…

Lambing is done!

Oh how nice to only lamb out six ewes! 

Leonie had a big beautiful moorit ram lamb around 7 last night. His fleece looks like it will be really nice. He has leathery patches at the horn sites, so I suppose he will be scurred at the very least.  And now we are done for the year. Final numbers are six ewe lambs, two ram lambs.

Six Shetland lambs:  5 ewes and 1 ram lamb; 3 moorit, 2 black and a grey.
Two Bluefaced Leicester lambs: one white ram and a natural colored ewe.

I should have 8 market lambs coming from my Ile de France ram and the Mule ewe trades I made last fall.  So there should be meat for the freezer too.

Hattie's Lambs

Well, it's shaping up to be a ewe lamb year for us this year!  Hattie had a nice set of twin ewe lambs this afternoon. A little moorit and an Ag grey with a krunet.

The sugar lips on the black lamb aren't showing real well in the photo. But I knew as soon as she got licked off a little that she got her dad's Ag gene and will lighten to gray in adulthood - just like her grandma, Bramble Hetty.

She was such a chunk I was worried that she was a single...her tummy seemed like it was already full.
Fortunately the little moorit came along without much fanfare.  She was born fully enclosed in the sack with the water and all. Hattie didn't even seem to notice her as she was preoccupied with the firstborn.. I quickly wriggled the second one out of the sack, wiped off her face and waited for mom to do the rest.
This little moorit lamb was pretty active right from the start, getting to her feet and looking for the teat while still mostly covered in fluids.

So Greyson has sired fiv…