Monday, February 12, 2007

Lights. Camera. Action!

Well, actually it was action, camera, light, camera, with more action to come. Yesterday Rick make admirable progress on the sheep quarters. He replaced the dog kennel panels that composed the temporary front of the pen with a made-to-order gate. He stacked blocks (we need a few more) so we can build up the front of the pen with gravel to make it more level and eliminate the muddy approach. He installed a light and switch (well, the switch is just hanging for now).
He built a tray below the super-duper hay feeder he made for feeding pellets and to catch the hay "crumbs." He also tied up the dog kennels to the outer wall of the pen so I can easily swing them out to make a triangular enclosure to use as a "ram" pen or lamb jug. Between the hay feeder and the wall of the barn there is a nice little walkway to access the hay feeders which ends at a narrow door into the fold.
To the sheep it's probably just another "prison" (that's Valentine below enjoying pasture time while Rick worked on the pen yesterday), but I'm pretty excited about having such well-designed quarters to keep them sheltered and safe when necessary.
Soon the permanent sheep quarters will be finished and my little flock of four ewes will finally be together. We'll also have the covered breezeway between the horse/hay barn and the vehicle/equipment storage barn, the temporary sheep fold for the first year of Boulderneigh, available to access the arena.

That's it for now at . . .

7 comments:

Kathy L. said...

OK...when is he available to consult on this place? I'm sure my DH would rather have your DH helping him than me! ;-)

Anonymous said...

Here's my thought ... when I die ... and sometimes at my ripe old age I think that is close ... I will be comforted by the thought that I couls be reincarnated as a sheep at your place ... PLEASE ... hehehe

Bill Stearman said...

oooops ...
anonymous is ME ... hardly anonymous ... ;-)

Michelle at Boulderneigh said...

Bill, you are too kind. But you WOULD get a lot of petting.... :-)

Kathy L. said...

I agree with Bill....I know we would all be very well-cared for with you.

Tammy said...

Hi Michelle,
Does your husband do traveling sheep area beautification work?:-) Looks really nice and so handy for future needs. Valentine is one lovely girl. She has such a presence about her.
Tammy

sheperdchik said...

Michelle: that looks great! I really like that gate.