I was able to sell three sheep back in the fall to Sheltie Meadow farm in Ghent, N.Y. Norman a beautiful black/white spotted wether and twins Hazel and Gracie went to be with Miana and Tim Ryan. I have 4 wethers that I really wanted to sell before we headed into winter but that didn't happen.
200 bales of beautiful 2nd cut hay arrived and made me very happy. Next Jonathan, David, Austin and Declan went to Halifax and got 125 bales of 2nd cut. It certainly feels good to have hay in the barn but I will need to get quite a bit more hay.
We had an incredibly sad accident happen at the farm and we lost Eva our beautiful little Shetland ewe, tangled in portable fencing. It just about did me in. I will always blame myself and feel so sad for her mother Kacy.
I was a vendor at the Vermont Sheep festival in Tunbridge, VT with my friend Patty Blomgren. I had such a great time staying in her Gypsy Wagon. Next I went to Rhinebeck, NY for the NY State Fiber Festival for 3 days. I had only been on the fairground for an hour when I saw a lady walking an adorable little spotted ewe lamb on a halter. SO of course I ask,"is she for sale"? "Oh yes, she is a bottle baby who likes to watch T.V." So I bought her! WHEEEEE!
That is the bad side of farming but life goes on and I have been able to buy some lambs. They don't take the place of the one I lost but they needed to be rescued. I also ended up getting Enid and Esme, two beautiful moorit Shetland ewe lambs, from Maple Ridge Farm as well as two older ewes Charlotte and Miranda. Linda and Tut Doane were selling off their flock and I have been lucky enough to buy some of their sheep. Miranda and Charlotte were the last two Shetland ewes to leave their farm.
Sunday Nov. 5th my friend Dolores went with me to the New England Fiber festival in West Springfield, MA. and I picked up two more little ewe lambs. Little Starling is a black/brown/white spotted registered Shetland ewe and her little friend Daphne is a white Shetland/Cheviot cross. They are such a cute little pair.
December also turned out to be a very busy month at the farm. I had a great time being a vendor at the Flood Brook School Holiday Bazaar. Darcy, Rowan and Declan were able to take the tables and all the stuff to sell and set it all up for me.
On Sunday Dec. 3rd I was a vendor at the Wardsboro Town Hall for the Wardsboro Public Library. It was a Christmas cookie sale and Santa arrived on the firetruck. I had such fun with other local vendors and it was a good sales day.
Tuesday Dec. 5th was my 70th birthday and I went out to lunch and then had a little birthday celebration in the barn with my sheep. "Princess Starling" wore her tiara and I had a sparkling hot pink birthday tiara that Darcy got for me to wear. It was a very nice birthday.
I have 59 sheep and that is a lot of wooly friends but how I love my time in the barn/pastures with my sweet critters. My niece Patty found more hay for my sheep so that is a huge relief for now.
The bitter cold at the end of the year and beginning of January was brutal. We ended up bringing almost all of our sheep into the barn. We have seven Shetland ewes that we have bred to our yearling ram Everett. It is a bit of a traffic jam in the barn at the moment, but we are getting through the winter one day at a time. The warmer weather this weekend has been a welcome change and we have been able to get almost all of the sheep out of the barn. David and Austin went to get a small load of hay for us - with almost 60 sheep this year - we are going through a lot of hay.
Happy 2018 and we will post more news soon of life on the farm.