GOODBYE ELLIOTT-VETS

19 04 2015

GREETINGS

GOODBYE ELLIOTT

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Last night was a beautiful starry night and Elliott passed away.  It was such a blessing and he was in his barn with his sheep.  Today we buried him and the sheep got to say their goodbyes.  Marley spent the most time with him smelling him and looking, their protector is gone.   Everything will change about the herd now, it will be interesting to see who steps up to the plate and tries to take Elliott’s place.

Last years sheraing

Last years shearing

VETS

I was very disappointed in my Vet who is not local but practices in another state..  When I called him Thursday he said he was too busy to come and would be here on MOnday.  Compassion must not be important in that group.  They have been here for the sheep and Elliott before, I would never recommend this group to anyone. 

When living in Belchertown I went to Mill Valley Vets .  Dr. Morcum was my vet.  He is a compassion and loving person who cares deeply about the welfare of animals.  Everyone who works at the clinic is kind and caring.  My friend Renee has worked there for years.  I wish I lived closer so I could still go there.

I will be looking for a new vet and will make sure that if there is an emergency they will come.

Many thanks for reading my blog today.  So many changes ont he farm this past year, I hope that this is it for a while.  Carole

 





ELLIOTT-THE STORM-MRS. BROWN AND HAZEL

9 02 2015

GREETINGS

My son shoveled off the porch roof which had a foot and a half of snow on it and Charlie and Tyler put most of the wood on the porch..    It’s so wonderful to have those two things done.  I do not have to worry about the porch roof  anymore and the wood is easier for me to get right off the porch.

Taken by my neighbor CHrista during the last storm  Thanks Christa

Taken by my neighbor CHrista during the last storm Thanks Christa

ELLIOTT

Elliott is recovered from his ordeal and is getting up and moving around..  Things are back to normal for him.

THE STORM

They are calling for 18 inches of snow starting this afternoon through early Tuesday morning.  This kind of storm reminds me of winters we had  when I was a child.  There was always enough snow to build an igloo . The snow along side the roads was much higher than our car when going  to see family in CHesterfield.   Kids will have to make up snow days now.  And at the end of the week we will have below zero temps again.  The days are getting longer and winter won’t give up without a fight, spring will be here soon.  Hope springs eternal.

MRS. BROWN AND HAZEL

While I was cleaning up their winter quarters a few days ago Mrs. Brown laid and egg and immediately started to make a nest.

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 Hazel gave her a hand flicking some hay her way.  It was exciting but then I though it will probably be another rooster.  Oh No,   I have 4 roosters and enough is enough.  I did leave them and came back later and the nest was scattered and the egg cold and it was buried under some shavings.  She had her couple of hours thinking about being a Mom again and thought against it.

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Many thanks for reading my blog, hope you have a wonderful day.   Carole

 

 





CHAOS IN THE BARN – LIFE ON THE FARM

6 02 2015

GREETINGS

It is 14 below zero this morning.  Luckily the barn keeps the animals warmer.  I still have frozen pipes and will call the oil company to see what can be done today. Today there is a meeting of The Shelburne Falls Farmers Market and I hope to attend.  The market has been decreasing in the number of vendors and the number of customers and we will talk about what can be done.

CHAOS IN THE BARN

I went up to the barn after 5 last night to feed Elliott and the SHeep.  Elliott was acting strangely and I went in for  a closer look and he had probably stepped in the water bucket and somehow it got around his knee and he laid down.  I tried to get it off but couldn’t so I called Lauren to see if she could help.  We just could not do it so I called my good neighbor Pat and he came right over.  He with Laurens help was able to free him but not without a lot of screaming and yelling from Elliott and a little spitting here and there.  Elliott  is a gentle soul but he doesn’t like strange people in the barn and he hates to be touched.  Both things were happening to him at the same time.  I checked on him many times during the evening and he was fine and this morning he was patiently waiting for his breakfast.  The sheep must have thought the Vet was coming and they made their way out of the barn when the noise started, Elliott hates the Vet and makes the same noises when he comes.  All is well and in a few weeks I will laugh about this incident.

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Having animals for so many years strange things can happen. My wonderful and favorite sheep Lottie was curious.  In the summers my sheep went to pasture and I would check on them every day.  This one morning  Lottie came running up to me and her face was covered with quills.  None in her mouth or eyes. I called my Friend Ceacy and she came over with pliers and gently took out all the quills.  I still have the quills!!!!!  

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   A porcupine must have wandered near the electric fence. 

EGGS

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On this cold morning I found 2 eggs in the nest box.

Many thanks for reading my blog on this bitter cold day.  I hope you are warm and cozy .  Carole

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REPAIRING A MARKET BASKET-ELLIOTT-EDDIE-SHORTY AND SAM

30 01 2015

GREETINGS

Its gently snowing today and won;’t amount to much.  Its much milder but the bitter cold is coming back tonight and lasting for days.  More wood will be brought in and stacked on the porch today.

This is how Shorty handles a blizzard

This is how Shorty handles a blizzard

REPAIRING A MARKET BASKET

In the late 80’s and early 90’s I made lots of baskets.  I found a kindred spirit in basket making, spinning, weaving and now rug hooking in my friend Deb. We have had many adventures over the years and I especially remember one such adventure in the wilds of New Hampshire where we learned to pound ash.  It was something we both  remember with laughter and wonderful baskets.  

This market basket was on the porch full of wool in a  sad state of disrepair.

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 I brought it in and luckily I had the materials I needed to fix it.

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It only took an hour or so and now I have a usable basket again.

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In the spring I plan to make some willow baskets from my willow.  

ELLIOTT’S NEW DIGS

Thought I would show you Elliott;s new area

Sally would love to get in there to eat the grain.

Sally would love to get in there to eat the grain.

DDIE

I have renamed Morticia’s son Eddie.  The name suits him.

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 Yesterday I purchased a mirror for him.  He had to be separated from his sister and Mom, he was getting so unruly.  In many articles I have read the mirror will entertain him.  He is enjoying it and talking to it.

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 When Chris comes all will join him in the box room in separate cages .  In the summer Eddie will rejoin his family outside.

Sammy is enjoying is favorite activity, bird watching.

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Many thanks for reading my blog today and I hope you have a wonderful day.   Carole

 





THE BLIZZARD-ELLIOTT-MARLEY-THE BIRDS

27 01 2015

GREETINGS

THE BLIZZARD

All the preparation was for not.  We had around 6 inches of snow.  It was very windy and still is windy but we didn’t lose power and the snow was light and fluffy.    It was and is very cold.  Icicles now hang from the roofs.

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ELLIOTT

One of the preparations for the storm was separating Elliott from the sheep.  I had a gate which almost fits across the barn and he has been very comfortable there.  He will get up and move around but doesn’t have to worry about the sheep eating his food and tripping him.  I notice on warmer days he is much better much like me arthritis does that. It’s hard to watch such a vibrant and regal animal wind down.  He has protected the sheep day and night and now deserves some peace from them. 

This is the year of separating Marly too.  At least in the winter.  He is so unruly and can be quite mean.  I can never turn my back on him or I will be flying in the air like a cartoon character.  He will be in the same area that the sheep are in but he will not be with them.  

THE BIRDS

The birds have kept me hopping, eating food faster than I can fill the feeders.  Our neighborhood Ruby Woodpecker even came around trying to finish off the suet.

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Not the greatest picture taken through the kitchen window, he was pecking at the suet 100 miles an hour!

I have been spending this down time mending some things.  I have a whole basket full of things that need a little hand sewing here and there.  It’s a perfect thing to do on a cold, windy day.  I also managed to fix a problem on my computer although it took me a few timeS of playing around with it to get it done.

Many thanks for reading my blog today and i hope you have a wonderful day.  Carole

 

 





WHAT A WEEK WEATHER-WISE-SOMETHING IN THE WOODS TONIGHT

13 12 2014

GREETINGS

Bitter cold, then snow and sleet and then rain.  Today was calm and it will be warmer for a few days.

Sam said time to through another log on

Sam said time to through another log on

SOMETHING IN THE WOODS

Just after putting the hay in the feeder and getting fresh water Elliott went to the door and was starring into the forest.  His keen sense of hearing warned him something was there.  He stood in the doorway blocking it and Sally and Lucy wanted to go out.  They had to wait for the all clear from Elliott.  I consider myself so lucky to have him.  The protector watching over his flock.

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STUDENT’S HOOKING PROJECT

I got an e-mail from one of my students yesterday with a picture of her finished piece.  Its so beautiful.  I can’s wait to see her next project.

Many thanks for reading my blog today and I hope you had a wonderful day.





PICTURES OF MY FIRST FLOCK OF SHEEP-A VISITOR IN THE PASTURE-CHRIS AND OWEN-ELLIOTT-ROSIE

18 11 2014

GREETINGS

Its a cold day today with a bitter night coming upon us.  January weather, well for me its a test to see how warm the house stays with wood and pellets during the  day and oil at night.  So far so good.  Its quite comfortable in the house.  Lots of work keeping everything going but worth it.  A warm up next MOnday maybe I can still get the garlic planted!   I have been wanting to share some pictures of my first flock of sheep.  All Border Leicesters and as far as I a concerned the best flocK that anyone could have.  The first picture is of Seamus, who was a 300 pound beauty.  He was as gentle as a kitten, the second picture is of some of the rest of the flock including my angora goat Timmy.

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THE FLOCK

THE FLOCK

 

A VISITOR IN THE PASTURE

Miles and miles of woods start where my pasture leaves off.  Many animals live there.  This morning my son looked up in the pasture and saw the sheep and Elliott and then something else, a deer.  A young doe coming out of the barn.  The sheep and Elliott didn’t seem to notice which leads me to think that this has been happening for a while.  SHe probably discovered food and drink inside the barn.   SHe easily jumped the fence  when my son’s dog barked.  Always something interesting.

Elliot

A couple of weeks back when I was still ill I went up to feed the sheep and noticed that Elliott was bleeding from the mouth and there was a tooth missing.  Of course I got all upset but called a llama expert  and found that this happens in old age.  They do loose their front teeth, not to be concerned because they chew with their back teeth.  By the time I went back upstairs he was happily eating his hay and had finished his grain.

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Chris and Owen

The new cats really like CHris. especially Owen.

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ROSIE

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Poor Rosie what a time to moult.  I have fixed up a nest box for here with lots of shavings and hay and she seems to stay warm there.  She still ventures outside during the day.  New feathers are coming in .

Many thanks for reading my blog on this blustery day, I do hope you are warm and cozy wherever you are.

Carole