For all you lamb followers, just a few snipits of the day in the life of a lamb. Sleep, play, eat, and more sleep! Oh yes, there is feeding time for Cutie... Jim and Sue got a chance to help.
Chance was a bottle baby four years ago when her mom abandoned her in a puddle of ice. Still recovering from back surgery, unable to walk myself, I nursed the dying lamb on my knee, until life and warmth came back into her little body. Chance had twin lambs today, a big healthy white ewe lamb and a robust black and white ram lamb. This evening, as we turned off the the barn lights, Chance and her little family were warm and snug in the big cedar barn. The day we no longer wonder at the circle of life...is the day we will retire. Life is good. Take care, keep safe. M xx
Her name is Cutie. She was born 3 days ago as the first of three lambs. Largest of the three lambs. First born. Mommy was more interested in the other two and gave Cutie the boot (head butt that is!). Cutie was not as aggressive as the other two and lost out. So now its our turn. Bottle feeding is the only alternative and she is a Cutie. Even getting used to the idea that milk is coming from us. Oh well, life is precious on the ranch and we take care of all the best we can. Oh dear... Maureen will insist on finding the proper home for her!! G
Life is full of surprises.....Erin called this morning...one of the "ladies" had had a lamb.....but which one ? Dotty and Momma bear were both making momma noises...both were claiming the little wet body laying in the straw and at that moment in time the little wet lamb really didn't care...life had just begun. Clearly we had to make a decision and Miss Dotty was duly escorted along with the little ewe lamb to a waiting claiming pen. Momma Bear protested all morning at the kidnapping of "her" new born but our instincts were validated when lamb number two was followed by lamb number three in the little claiming pen. Tiger the barn tabby cat had to check out the new arrivals and Bella the Jersey cow, due to calve in April, was eager to introduce herself to the new members of the Ranch family. Our thanks to Erin,Sue and Dan for welcoming the new arrivals and for ensuring that all the members of the sheep barn still felt special. Amazing what a peanut or three can do !! Take care keep safe, M.
There is something really magical about a frosty January morning down on the ranch. As the sun rose through the trees and it's rays reflected on the pond Bran the Border Collie remained stoically on guard..albeit safely behind a big farm gate . Barney the big Oxford ram , currently living a celibate life in his Winter bachelor pad fearlessly taunts his canine guardian...standing just a border collie whisker away. Meanwhile his very rotund and very, very expectant harem languish lazily in the sheep barn.....apparently not missing the attention of Barney the amorous ram at all. Come on ladies....little first lamb needs some play mates ! Stay warm, keep safe, M
What is tiny, woolly, and cute as a button ?......Baby Doll's new little ewe lamb ! Lambing season has started. The other members of the Gentle Giant Meadows Ranch formation eating team are looking ready to pop....could be a busy week ! Love from the Ranch. M xx
Yesterday was flooding... Last night was awakening at about 2am to the sound of a tree cracking and coming to the ground with a THUD outside the bedroom window. Well it wasn't quite outside the window (about 100 feet away) but I knew it was close . Didn't sleep well after that and then power disappeared at 230 am for about 6 hrs. Good thing out of it all was 4 good cedar saw-logs. Should make some nice siding for the on-going work on the barn siding. Our neighbors weren't so lucky though. A tree fell into their trailer they are living in. Good thing no one was hurt. On goes the fall. Hopefully that's it for disasters this year.
For the first time in 9 years, the pond has over-flowed its banks onto the road. Not much, but enough to cause concern if the rain was to continue! Cooper was a SUPER brat.. had to paddle and try to excavate the corner of the pasture which was under 6 inches of water. Lucky for us he had lots of ground above the water. Our own mini-Niagra Falls in back of the barn. Thank heavens today is over and the water has receded with only minor damage. Tomorrow is another day...
It's time to load the Advent Calendar! Ammunition laid out and counted. Chambers made ready... Loaded... Cocked... Waiting for December 1! Christmas season has started. Maureen has the cards out, address book open, glass of wine in hand and holiday music playing and ... Greg washing the day's eggs. Great evening.
Little Mr. Luke is looking especially pitiful tonight. The bedraggled little black and white "wanna be" Australian Shepherd, with wisps of hay hanging from the constantly wagging bob ( where his tail really aught to be) has been searching for his new friend. Wistfully he waited at the head of the stairs, mournfully lay under the table and has apparently, finally, sadly accepted that Amin, the stranger who arrived with suitcases and a shy smile has gone.
It isn't only little Luke who will miss Nara and Amin here on the Ranch. Miss Mariah, the ageing Friesian mare has clearly enjoyed being pampered and preened by our Ranch guests. Charm the golden palomino knew that there would always be a kind word and an apple morsel or three when our honeymoon couple happened to pass his stall. Chelsey the little grey mare grew accustomed to anticipating attention with her head hanging over her door, ears pricked and dark eyes following them through the barn and little Tiger the ginger cat was never very far away from the strangers who never failed to acknowledge his gracious feline presence. Greg and I are going to miss them too. Over the past 18 days, Nara and Amin have unfailingly appeared in the Ranch kitchen before the cuckoo clock signaled 7.30am and courageously faced the wind, rain and frigid temperatures of a Pacific Northwest November, without complaint and always a ready smile. They have excavated ditches, waded through sticky mud, dug holes (but didn't fill them in !!) laid drains, got soaked, filthy dirty and freezing cold and still they smiled. They learnt to use a chainsaw, drive the tractor and operate the sawmill...they have cleaned the cow pen, mucked out the sheep barn, loved up Bella the beautiful Jersey cow and become comfortable with the nail gun, hammers, wrenches and saws.
Our friends from Saudi Arabia are their country's best ambassadors, everyone that met them was impressed by their kindness, courtesy and honesty. We feel fortunate to have been able to get a better understanding of their culture and in exchange, share ours. Thank you Nara and Amin, enjoy the remainder of your honeymoon...we love you both. We won't say goodbye..aurevoir ( until we see you again). Take care, keep safe M
Its me, Maureen, (the Boss)