Friday, May 12, 2023

The clock is ticking


The end of pasture time for the sheep is in sight. The foxtail is heading out, and the current summer-like weather will accelerate its maturity:
So while I can, I'm letting them have as much pasture time as possible:

supplemental bottle-feeding is ending very soon for these two, too

testosterone poisoning has begun

The horses are enjoying pasture time, too, just not as freely as the sheep because of the risk of founder:

Several of my sheep are reserved already, and other placements look promising. Bree, Bling, and Blackjack are going to join Berlin's and Boomer's fiber flock, and Bridger (the big, graying chunk below) is going to be a future flock sire:

The warm weather has moved shearing to the top of the to-do list. I rooed Spot on Tuesday, sheared Boop on Wednesday, and rooed Blaise today. Just three more to go . . . and then to get to work on skirting and marketing.
Spot enjoying a post-rooing dandelion snack
Couldn't capture Boop's rich, dark color; so soft, crimpy, and LONG!

I haven't been too busy to appreciate the beauties of the season. The new leaves of my potted Japanese maples, the lilacs and wood hyacinths, and the apple blossoms with their promise of later abundance:

coordinated spinning 😊

my young Braeburn

one of the two big pasture apple trees

No garden work yet; Rick has been working to get both our riding lawn mower and our worn old Kubota tractor up and running again. Fingers crossed  that happens soon!

That's it for now from . . .


A :-) said...

The lambs grow so fast!! It's nice that you already have homes for some of the ones you will not keep. It looks like you're going to have a LOT of apples! Wow!! Good thing Rick is handy with machines. Having just taken my car in for service I imagine that keeping farm machinery in fettle could get expensive if you can't do a lot of it yourself.

Michelle said...

Yes, they do, A! The lamb photos were taken a few days ago and I'm sure they've grown more since then! We usually have sufficient apples to make plenty of applesauce, plus some homemade apple pie filling (that I used for apple crisp).

Jeanne said...

Awww! I love all of the sheepie pictures! Boop's fleecy fiber is really lovely! I'm sure you have probably processed and spun some of it.

Your flowers and trees are all beautiful. I think I'll have to take a picture of my lace-leaf maple for you. It's looking really good this spring.

Happy Mother's Day!

Debbie said...

The lambs are growing. Beautiful photos.

So nice everyone gets a bit more pasture time.

Envious of all your blooms!

Happy Mother's Day!

Michelle said...

And when would I have had time to do THAT, Jeanne??? First I have to get all the sheep sheared/rooed, then I have to get them all skirted and weighed, then I can ship off the ones that are reserved and market the rest to help pay for next winter's hay! While my own fleeces can certainly be tempting, I rarely keep one and even more rarely do the processing.

I'd send you a bunch of lilacs for Mothers Day if I could, Debbie!

Jeanne said...

Well it SOUNDED good, Michelle! :)

Leigh said...

All of those pinks and purples are gorgeous! And the lambs are looking really good. Nice to have some of them reserved already.

thecrazysheeplady said...

Beautiful blossoms...and of course lambies :-D

Michelle said...

Jeanne, I have a whole list of to-dos in my head that sound good – if I had 68 hours in every day! 🤣

The color palette this time of year is hard to beat, Leigh. I'm very pleased with this year's crop of lambs, and glad that others think so, too!

Thanks, Sara. 😊

Jeanne said...

Yes, your lambs are beautiful! How many are you keeping?
And your flowers are also lovely!!

Claire MW said...

Such charming lamb photos! Amazing to see all your blossoms already. The only blossoms here so far are dandelions and a few tulips and daffs.

Michelle said...

Claire, I know we're far behind some of my readers farther south; your spring is coming!

Mokihana said...

I used to work for a veterinarian, and those foxtails...oh, the trouble they caused!! We had dogs coming in with them so deep in their ears and eyes, and the vet was concerned that they'd migrate even further. Wicked, that's what they are.