Winne and her new friend Snowflake
Hello from Maybelle farm. Its Saturday evening June 16th and all is well at the farm. More news happening on and off of the hill. I posted earlier in the week the beautiful picture of Winnie, our new Shetland ewe that arrived on Wednesday. Next was Declan's celebration day from "The Little School" in Weston, VT. My little grandson will be going to kindergarten in the fall. I have been taking care of him, for 5 years and now he is a big little boy off to school with Darcy and Rowan. I'm adding a very sweet picture of him all dressed up for his special day.
Last night Jonathan and my farm helper Olivia went with me to Dummerston,VT where we picked out a beautiful sheep named Snowflake - she is a Shetland/Border-Liecester cross. She originally belonged to Lorna McMasters who lived in Chesterfield, N.H. who sold some of her sheep to Enid. Enid and her husband have a wonderful farm and absolutely beautiful sheep. It was really hard to pick out just one but I knew I needed a very mellow sheep to put in with Winnie. I'm attaching pictures of the two ewes to this blog. When I walked out to the barn this morning, Winnie was in one little shed and Snowflake was in the other little shed. I went in the pasture with my camera to try to get pictures but they are like having two dogs and just followed me around. They are both such sweet sheep and I'm so happy with my two new girls.
Darcy helped me last night move the Moms and lambs to the front pasture. On Thursday evening two little lambs got out and went into my brother Alan's garden!! Yipes, they could have been lamb chops! They are so far so good, staying in this new pasture. This morning Darcy helped me move the three boys into the show pasture and they are very happy. So life is good, everyone has nice eating and so I'm headed to bed with a big smile on my face. When my sheep are happy, then I'm happy. Good-night from Maybelle MaMa.
Snowflake and Winnie
Yaya (Kathleen) with Declan and Rowan
Winnie from Kindred Spirit Farm in NH
Hello again from Maybelle Farm. Very exciting news as today as my new ewe arrived from Kindred Spirit Farm! Her name is Winnie and she is incredibly sweet, friendly and so beautiful. I am just thrilled to have her here at the farm and plan to breed her with my handsome ram Thistle. I look forward to the beautiful lambs they will have. Ken and Donna arrived from their farm in NH just before lunch with Winnie in their VW Bug. She was a very good traveler and hopped out of the crate, into my pasture. We had a wonderful lunch with lots of stories and laughs. I just wish they lived closer, like just down the road! Donna and I would be in so much trouble because our sheep are like potato chips for some people......just can't have just one or two!
It has been a beautiful, sunny day and the next several days are going to be sunny and hot. I have to work tomorrow night and then take care of Declan on Friday. I hope to work in the Fiber Studio on Saturday to get things put away as we are having the Open House on Sunday June 24th. It would be wonderful to get rid of some of the fleeces from 2011 and use my skirting table. Got to close for now and get some things done here at the house. So-long from Maybelle MaMa
Thistle - our handsome ram (also from Kindred Spirit Farm).
Beautiful Annika, a sweet, friendly girl who loved attention.
Hello again from Maybelle Farm. It's Sunday June 10th and I have another sad bit of news. Yesterday morning when I started to do chores, all of my ewes came through the barn to be moved to another pasture. As I turned to close the gate, there was a sheep just standing in the middle of the barn. I went over to her and recognized Annika. I patted her on the butt and said, "Go along with your friends." She went through to the group of ewes out in the front pasture, I then realized she was blind. She got outside and couldn't figure out where she was and almost fell in the water tank. I ran to the house and got Darcy, and we were able to get her in the barn. I put her in a stall with her mother Vinca and put a call into the Vet. Green Mountain Bovine is my regular Vet but they have Walpole Vet. Clinic cover for them. I called and told them what was happening and they said they would try to be here around 1 p.m. I called and talked to the Vet about 2:30 p.m. and he had a couple of emergencies and would be here as soon as he could. He had me give her 5 c.c. of dexamethazone and 3 c.c. of Penicillin. He arrived about 5:50 p.m. and after checking her decided it was neurological. As we were talking of treatments/plans, she had a seizure. With a very heavy heart, I told him to put her down. It was a very tough call but not when you know there is no hope of recovery. So fare-well my beautiful Annika girl. I have attached a picture of her with her full, very heavy coat and she was such a sweet sheep. She loved to come over to the gate to visit with anyone and I will miss her terribly.
So I will now go on to some happier things. Olivia and Rowan stayed with me yesterday and worked in the Fiber Studio. We are trying to have it all organized before all the classes start and we have a lot of work to do! Darcy and Declan went shopping with Papa in Walpole, NH to the Tractor Supply store, Pinnacle View, Mahindra Tractor and R.N. Johnson. I think Declan got his tractor fix for the day! They had a really nice lunch and a good day. K.B. and Debbie came up to talk about the fields and ditches, then K.B. mowed the whole field out across from the farmhouse. It really looks nice and now I can fill in some holes before I let the sheep out in that big old field.
I left the farm last night about 6:15 p.m. and picked up my sister Bev. We went to Dorr's barn in Manchester, VT where I played in my brother's band for a barn dance. We played from 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. and then I came home, fell into bed and woke up at 6 a.m. Time for a new day at the farm. So- long from Maybelle MaMa.