Trippings & Trappings

Wreaths were hung on all of the barn doors. Beeswax candles were poured and some old knitting projects were finished. Crafting was magical with friends around a fire.

There’d been a sheep ultrasound and alpaca vomiting.

One of my alpacas projectile vomits when he is overly anxious.  This time it had happened in the vet’s presence when he was to be vaccinated.  I was glad the vet witnessed the incident, since it is a new-to-me animal behavior.  The vet had never seen the likes of it before, so, well, he wasn’t very insightful.

I cooked soup, ran supplies to other farms, hosted bunny-visits with friends and grandchildren & shared some festive pond-skating. A hay wagon of carolers was orchestrated to serenade our country neighbors.

Back and forth (and back and forth) tripping to a Shetland Sheep farm (Maybelle Farm) in West Wardsboro to pick up my ewes & a new ram.  My ewes had been visiting the ram, intimately, and the opportunities to fetch them home were dwindling.  The ram is now ours to keep and though he wouldn’t fit in the truck on our first run, we managed to get in a second trip in spite of the historic snowstorm forecasts.  Our new guy, Thistle, is tucked in with our three girls at a generous friends’ for a temporary home. We returned our other borrowed ram, Orin, yesterday and so will make arrangements soon for everyone to come back to our own farm now.

Three peahens were fetched when on a trip south of Boston and back.  I couldn’t stop singing, “…four calling birds, three peahens, two turtledoves…”  and brought them into their own coop to acclimate before introducing them to Figaro & Xenia-Marie, our other white peafowl.

Char had a singing/conducting-gig for a radio show. Sarah Jane got home from college in the midst of it all.  Jody arrived from Minneapolis in time to have the whole family together for Christmas.

Snow removal, pond scraping. More singing in Old Bennington during two candlelit services which put us in a heralding mood. Barn chores and baking, dinners, gift & cookie exchanges filled the days.

The last of the Christmas turkeys were processed and found dinner tables.  Our remaining White Holland pair seem to think they are goats now.  It’s all good.

We gave our newly acquired sheep and our alpacas their rabies and CD&T boosters on time.  (I just knew I was going to miss it this past month!  But I didn’t!  Woohoo!)

I even fit in some time at the piano to keep my feet on the ground during the December wave-ride that happens, just somehow happens.

Beautiful sounds and sights filled the air.  Bustling everything.  Luminaries & white snow brighten the cold and dark. We decorated our tree on Christmas Eve.

Kindness made the rounds.

Jim & Bo escort Thistle, our new Shetland ram

Jim & Bo escort Thistle, our new Shetland ram

Jim's first car - starts up every year

Jim’s first car – starts up every year

cold fuzzy bunny visits

cold fuzzy bunny visits

On the 3rd day of Christmas…3 peahens!

On the 3rd day of Christmas…3 peahens!

night skating -

night skating –

Caroling in the country

Caroling in the country

Old First in Old Bennington, VT where the Bennington Children's Chorus sings annually on a special Sunday evening service, as well as they host a beautiful candlelit service on Christmas Eve

Old First in Old Bennington, VT where the Bennington Children’s Chorus sings annually on a special Sunday evening service, as well as they host a beautiful candlelit service on Christmas Eve

the stockings were hung by the tack room with care

the stockings were hung by the tack room with care

Every year, we decorate our tree on Christmas Eve.   It's always the best tree we ever had.

Every year, we decorate our tree on Christmas Eve. It’s always the best tree we ever had.

Christmas morning dazzle

Christmas morning dazzle

Santa came…or, rather, Char did.  She knows what mom needs for Christmas!

Santa came…or, rather, Char did. She knows what mom needs for Christmas!

 

12 responses to “Trippings & Trappings

  1. Perfection. What a wonderful holiday you had, and I love how you’ve shared it here. May your new year be bright, filled with love and laughter, and a minimum of alpaca vomit….

    • Rebecca – grateful to you for your comments! You made me laugh – I feel I might be ahead of the vomit now. We’re starting to figure out the onset of his anxiety and help alleviate it. Dancing with alpacas…my new thing! Happy end-of-December to you!

  2. I showed Joe the picture of the plow truck — he smiled when he said “an old Scout”. I know he loves them. You’ve had a busy, busy month Tammy!! Sounds like it’s ending on a high note.

  3. This all looks and sounds very familiar. I am so glad that the wave of activity has surged past and everything has come off as planned and to the delight of all involved. I’m afraid that, although it sounds like what you really need now is a nice warm week in Bermuda, you’ll have to keep hard at it … until at least … hmmmm … nope, you’re going to have to keep hard at it for the foreseeable future! Such is life on the Farm. I’m sorry I am so late with my Happy Holiday wish for you and your family – forgive me. Here’s my just-ahead-of-schedule wish for a Happy and Healthy New Year. D

    • Thank you, Dave! And I am wishing you and Joanna a Happy, Healthy New Year as well! And yes, the December narrative is true for so many of us. I mean to be a better WordPress reader & writer, but it gets away from me! But guess what? I am on that nice-warm-week you prescribed – my daughters and I are having a getaway on the West Coast and soaking in the sun and the sights for a brief amount of time this cold week. I’m feeling somewhat guilty, but timed it to take advantage of my husband being able to help out in my absence. And get this last-ditch-hurrah in with my girls before I am a total empty-nester in January. 🙁

      And wouldn’t you know an American Guinea Hog found me while I was 3000 miles away? Something to get situated for next week. Always something…

      Peace and health in 2014! That is meant for you AND for the animals!!!

    • Got a good, good dose of Vitamin D! Muir Woods, San Francisco, artichoke and kiwi fields by the sea, Pacific, whale watches, Monterey Aquarium, Monarch groves(wow, THAT was something!), delicious dinners out! It was quite a getaway!

  4. Tammy we send lots of love and Happy New Year wishes your way from our home to yours. May 2014 be filled will laughter, love, and happy memories.

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