It's Monday Sept. 19th, 2011 and it had been a very busy day on the farm. I went and did chores and got everyone switched around in the barn so I could bring the 6 little ram lambs to the barn. It was the "W" day! The Vet was coming at 2 p.m. to wether or (castrate) two little ram lambs!!!!!!!!! Holy Hen Poop.......! it's not a nice thing to watch and I am certain a terrible thing to have done. I make my son-in-law hold the poor little rams and he is just about green from the process. We have a wonderful Vet Deb who sedated the little boys before the procedure. Poor little love Chet had to also have his horn removed because they had been broken from the other little ram boys butting him. They cut the horns close to the head and cauderize the hole. Next they spray sivercote to prevent infection because removing the horn leaves is a hole in their head down into their sinus!!!!!!!!! He also has to have a shot of penicillin for 5 days to keep from getting infection. Good heavens, what the poor little boys have to go through!! It's either that or the meat factory which I couldn't do, so now I get to keep both Chet and Cecil as my little wethers. All 8 of the lambs including the two little girls got their 2nd CD & T shot. The Vet also checked poor old Luther (my moorit ram). He is 10 yrs. old and has been sick from an infected horn and pink eye. As you can tell there is never a dull moment on the farm and just when you think things are under control......WHEEEEE something else happens!
I am working frantically trying to get ready for the Vermont Sheep Festival on Oct. 1st and 2nd. Its at the Tunbridge Fairground and I will be gone Friday Sept. 30th,Oct. 1st and 2nd. Its a lot of work but also a lot of FUN. Cheryl Flett of Cheryl Avenue with be in the booth next to me as we are sharing a 10' X 20' space. We are renting a camper on the fairground so you can imagine how much laughing will be going on with 6 people in that camper. I have Olivia (a very nice 11 yr old) come to help me on Saturdays to get ready for the festival. She has got price tags put on all my critters, hats, etc.. I'm working wet felting wool objects and also trying to get my vest finished.
Today is a beautiful, crisp sunny day and I have been so busy. It just feels like fall is just around the corner and there is so much to do. Jonathan helped me Friday night pick all the red and green tomatoes because of a possible frost. Now I have to make green tomato relish. Well I have to close for now and go try to get some more things done.
So Long from Maybelle MaMa