Sunday, March 04, 2007

Lots of blogger fodder


What a beautiful day! After rain, snow and clouds all week, today dawned with sunshine and the temps climbed into the 50s, giving the purple crocus their first chance to show off their inner beauty.

The weather couldn't have cooperated better for the task at hand. Since we rest on the Lord's day, Sunday is typically our busy day. Rick is home (more or less :-) and we can get things done around the place. After attending a meeting this morning, Rick came home with the rest of the block we needed to finish the new sheep quarters. This meant that Valentine and Rechel needed to vacate the premises. Since I'd already put Bella and Dinah in the pasture, I decided to tether Valentine and Rechel outside the pasture fence. I could keep an eye on them, they could safely get acquainted with each other, and everyone could enjoy the sunshine and green grass. Who woulda thunk that the girls who have known each other the longest would have issues? But sure enough, when I approached to unloop the lead from around Valentine's front leg, I noticed that both Rechel and Dinah had blood on their heads. After being briefly distracted by my approach, they demonstrated why: they were bashing each other with the woven wire fence between them!
Silly sheep. So I put Valentine and Rechel in the old sheep fold vacated by the other pair who were in the pasture, and went back to work.

And what we were doing was a LOT like work. Using the blocks to create a retaining wall and the delivered load of gravel as fill, we leveled up the front of the new sheep fold and created a sloped, gravelled access. Yes, by hand. (Our only tractor is an old, wimpy, bucket-less Ford 8N originally owned by Rick's granddad.)
Here it is, with the gate raised six inches to accommodate the fill. With the addition of a barrier "cloth" (like landscaping cloth but much tougher, used on the giant rollers of a local papermill) and some straw, the "Shetland Sheraton" was finally finished!

That's it for now at . . .

4 comments:

Lauren said...

Wow, you are a real farmer after all. And silly old me was proud of hauling 350 pounds of feed.

You put me to shame, woman!

Kathy L. said...

Great digs! So let 'em in together already! ;-) (We each have a Jewish mother lurking inside us, don't we?)

I'll bet life will be so much easier when you don't have to worry about who's with whom and visa-versa....

Michelle at Boulderneigh said...

Okay, okay! Check today's blog post; the flock is now together. All is well, the Jewish mother in me is relieved. :-) Thanks again for calling, Kathy; it was great talking to you!

Kathy L. said...

No problema, Chica! ;-)