Thursday, April 30, 2009

Little Miss Nadia...

The new kids on the block....
Thumper is on the right....Piper on the left. Well...let's just say we're trying out the names...nothing is settled. I DO like the name Piper, but that could work for ram OR ewe! Part of the fun is coming up with names for these guys! Any ideas?? Remember, we are looking for some cute Scottish names!
I guess we saved the best for last!!
You can see the tight crimp of Pipers fleece. She's a doll! Already the two of them are coming up to say hello. Toots actually pushes them over to us! She is, by far, our friendliest ewe and passes that sweet personality on to her lambs.
Guess what Toots had??? Twin gulmogets....that's what! Poor little guy has black fly bites all around his eyes. The red eye from the camera helps alot, too, huh? I wish they would have waited just a couple more weeks before coming out....the black flies , that is. He has a nice soft feel to his fleece and his sister's is tight and crimpy.

Monday, April 27, 2009

I need to bring a couple of stumps or boxes or SOMETHING for the girls to hop on! The are going to be "barn bound" for a couple of days....just until they feel comfortable with us and know who's feeding them!
Meet Stella, Sophia and Nadia.....the three Oberhasli girls that arrived Sunday afternoon.....after a long drive! We met Angela from the Consider Bardwell Farm in Pawlet Vermont yesterday and picked up this beautiful trio of goats. What a great place! Check them out! Just "Google" the Consider Bardwell Farm .....great feta cheese, too!!
She's still here!!! Poor Toots is NOT liking this heat! Between being VERY pregnant and hot...I think she's just about had it...whatever "it" is! Lord knows it's been a while since she's seen her knees! LOL

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Lambs, lambs and more lambs.....but NOT from Toots! I swear she's going to burst! If she doesn't have twins this year....I'll be very surprised! Maybe she's holding out for the nice weather that they're predicting for this weekend!

Do you have any idea how hard it is to get pictures of leaping lambs? Well...this happened inadvertently. The middle lamb just "popped"! Ahhhh....Spring!
Right now these two look black, but will probably be grey.
She's a great Mom and hasn't let the little guy out of her sight!
Very, very cute! His fleece is super soft....Cappy did a good job, huh? We're still trying to come up with a name for him!

Thursday, April 16, 2009

The waiting game is still on! All I can figure is that Toots and Aster are holding out for's supposed to be a gorgeous day!! Maybe when I get home there will be a couple more out in the can hope!
Ken and I laugh at "lamb races" everyday now! We have five lambs that go full tilt and two that are just starting to get the hang of things. It's getting harder and harder to make out who's who.....time for the ear tags! We may be heading over to Vermont this weekend for the Oberhasli kids...we'll see how the lambing progresses before we make that decision! Our goat numbers are constantly changing at this point! Goats leaving and goats coming! I'm getting back into the goats I love....the Oberhaslis. Our Saanen and the two Nubian kids are going to a wonderful family this week. Momma Nubian will stay here....she is a gem! We'll have fresh milk to go along with our organic eggs and home grown bacon....can't get much better than home-grown!

Monday, April 13, 2009

I'm thinking that Toots or possibly Aster is next in line.... Toots sure looks ready!! I know it's been blustery around here, but it would take a pretty strong wind to move this ewe! She's starting to look like the neighborhood "hippo".
Okay, so the picture isn't the best, but I HAD to take this one! Mira was nowhere to be seen when I came home....I just had a feeling today was the day and sure enough! She was down around the stone wall in the far corner with her lambs....they were just born....still a little wet! Thank goodness I grabbed the camera on the way out the door! They're all in their comfy cozy lambing jug now. Tonight is supposed to be another cold night in the 20's so I'm glad she lambed this afternoon and NOT tonight! The count, with Mira's ewe and ram , now stands at four rams and three ewes. Three more left to lamb!
Jasper and Jewel had a chance to enjoy the sunshine yesterday.....but what a blustery day it was!!! Today isn't quite as bad....they were enjoying a romp on the BIG rocks this morning when I left for work. Where was the camera?? On the kitchen table, of course!

Friday, April 10, 2009

This is Tansey...isn't she a beauty? She just suddenly blossomed into this stunning ewe! Here I am waiting for more lambs from this years bred ewes and I'm already having dreams of who will be bred to whom for next year! Tansey is one of the reasons for the daydreams!!

I never realized just how hard it is to take pictures of a sheep! Aiden and Aileen stopped long enough to check out the rock they were standing on....then continued bouncing!!! Okay...I'll try again tomorrow or later today!
Don't you just love Spring? Flopsy's "gang' was exploring this morning. They loved the stone walls...LOTS of places to jump to...and from! Aileen on the left, Anabal in the middle and Aiden on the right....

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Meet Jasper and Jewel.....our new Nubians! Trinket has been a great first time mom!!
Front and center...Kindred Spirit Anabal
flanked by her two moorit siblings....Aiden and Aileen.
Flopsy's "gang" was out and about for a brief moment of sun today! There's nothing like watching them "dance " their way across the yard!! Cappuchino was right there checking things out.....

Sunday, April 5, 2009

Flopsy's new lambs are doing great! Thank goodness for a nice sunny day today so they can go out and stretch their legs before more rain comes. Still in a holding pattern with the rest of the ewes....wish they would just go ahead and LAMB! Everything in good time......
Yesterday, our Nubian,Trinket, surprised us with twins...a doe and a buck. Ears! You want to talk ears? WOW! They are doing well and so is mom....a first freshener. We'll have some milk now! I actually have missed having a goat to's always a nice quiet time to contemplate the day....very relaxing. I have to get some pictures of the little ones!! It feels so good to have animals back in my life....thank you Ken.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Things have been quiet for the last couple of days. We did have some visitors this past weekend (before Flopsy lambed) that are interested in lambs AND kids. The Shetlands almost sell themselves! Toots, as usual, is our best ambassador....she is by far our friendliest ewe. She will stay and wag her tail while she makes "goo goo" eyes at whomever is lavishing her with a pat or two. Little Licorice is coming up more and more and is such a sweetheart and Mira....well, if there is any form of food offered....she is your best friend! We usually have animal crackers for snacks for the "girls" when someone comes for a visit....instant friends!!!

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Ken and I live on a small farm in Center Sandwich, New Hampshire in an area surrounded by lakes and mountains. We have 30 Shetland sheep , 2 llamas...Sam and Tim, 3 dogs, 40+ chickens and an assortment of ducks, geese and guinea hens. Life is sometimes hectic, but always good at Kindred Spirit Farm!


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