The chicks are growing and changing fast, as birds are wont to do. Their little wing feathers are coming in; it's so cute when they stretch those little wings out over a leg! And the darkest chick (second from left) is definitely the Easter Egger, as she has poofy little cheeks.
Yesterday while I was at a horse show, Rick and Brian worked on a "chicken palace." They picked up four 10' chain link dog kennel panels (Rick said it wasn't much more than doing chicken wire and posts, and it would be moveable besides), and then Rick built a frame and solid floor for the chicken coop. Remember the little 8'x8' shed Braveheart and Brava used during quarantine? We always had in mind to make that a chicken coop, and that is what it is becoming.
At the horse (dressage) show I rode both my friend Debbie's horse and my own in Third Level Tests 2 and 3. Ivy was nervous and tense and didn't show off what she can do, but Russell exceeded my expectations. After his injuries and treatments and having the winter off, I approached this early show with caution, not schooling him a lot even though some movements that we would be doing at this level needed work. But he felt good, and blew me away with the best medium and extended trot work he has ever given me. I left the arena after the first test with tears in my eyes, I was so happy and thankful! I will share photos as soon as I get them from a friend....
In spinning, I finished up the light Gotland roving (at the front of the bobbin) and am working on my last wool sample from Kathy, a dark blue-face leicester combed top (in the baggy). After this all I have left from Kathy is what I consider my "final exam" -- some angora rabbit and some sea island cotton roving, both fibers that I have heard are more challenging than wool to spin.
No lambs yet (I have a feeling they will all hold off until April), but I now think I indeed have three expectant ewes! Just subtle clues, nothing concrete; this morning Valentine moved slower going out to pasture and looks a bit thicker. But those are definite changes. I can't wait to see what my sweet, beautiful Valentine produces!
That's it for now at . . .