Many Updates in One Small Space

oing to try to organize all of this information so that it makes sense chronologically!  You’ll soon see why I haven’t found time to write a blog post about each event individually.

  • The sheep at Jake and Priscilla’s wrapped up lambing with a live ram and a dead ram from Valentine.  I was disappointed.  Disappointed that Agnes and Bonnie had singles, that Valentine lost one lamb, and that Peggy may be losing some capacity to manage twins.
  • I picked up Cinder and his three ewe lamb ladies from Brookfield and moved them to Williston.  They escaped the next morning, but were easily rounded up by my fabulous landlords.  Wind shifted the rickety fence around them, loosening the latch and freeing the sheep.

    Sheep in Williston, VT
    Meadowlark, Bobolink and her daughter Swift ( as in “Chimney Swift”) and Cinder in their new quarters
  • Bobolink had an adorable daughter, black with a white hat and snip on the nose.  Two days later, Timberdoodle had a very similar black ram lamb.  The two act like twins and the mothers have trouble sorting them out sometimes!
  • I had to put the group of sheep at my house out to pasture sooner than I might have chosen, but they were overgrazing the septic system leachfield, and I don’t really want them on the leachfield in any case.  Out they went!  They seem very happy to be on grass.  I don’t know how they feel about the gorgeous view of Camel’s Hump, but I enjoy it!
  • I started full time at Shelburne Farms as a Farmyard Educator.  I now get to talk about sheep, goats and chickens all day, for money!  Not bad!
  • Matt and I built a paddock at the Farm at South Village, where the other half of the flock will live.  Deciding exactly where the sheep should go proved no mean feat, but we settled on a location that wouldn’t impede tractor traffic.
  • Matt and I drove to Brookfield and picked up the four ewes and five lambs there.  It was a rough trip down Kibbee Rd, as the potholes are still plentiful.  Matt drove slowly and patiently, and the sheep were none the worse for wear.  We did confuse people in a nearby car at a stoplight in Burlington.   Their dog took strong notice of the sheepy scent coming from the vents in my truck cap, and the couple noticed little sheep noses taking in air.   We talked to them through rolled-down windows- they seemed very charmed!

    Vermont Finewool Sheep Sheep and Pickle Farm
    Not long before the move- Peggy and her two boys.
  • The sheep arrived safely in South Burlington, deeply appreciative of Matt’s fixing a shady tarp for them.   Matt and I put up dog-owner-education signage.  I’m really worried about thoughtless dog owners allowing their dogs to worry and harass the sheep.  I have already had a talk with a neighbor here in Williston about his occasionally-loose dog coming and pestering the sheep.
Keeping dogs away from sheep
Do you think it will work?
  • Now, I’m going to lie down and relax!
Sheep and PIckle Farm
Agnes’s handsome son
Sheep and Pickle Farm
The whole gang inspecting the fence

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2 thoughts on “Many Updates in One Small Space

  1. I fully agree with you on the dogs and sheep. My sheep also have very little contact with other people so I have to remind occasional visitors not to make any “sheep” noises at them and to move slowly.

  2. I hope your sign works–the picture is great! The lambs are, of course, adorable. May they grew up healthy and fine-fibered.

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