Cold & Sunny

Bundle up and get outside, and if you’re housebound, watch Iris the very pregnant Cotswold, and the other sheep, on the LambCam.  Until Iris has those babies and everyone is safe and sound, I won’t be able to exhale.  Iris is 9 years old and has never lambed, the barn is in the single digits at night, and she’s so ginormous that she creaks and groans just to walk or recline.  Sometimes I have to mute the sound on the LambCam because it’s so distressing to listen to.  I notice that during the day, though, she moves around less noisily.  So I’m wondering…maybe she has allergies?!

Anyway, enjoy the photos from today’s farm-walk:

Princess Peppermint, Princess-of-quite-a-lot, Pep-Pep-Pep-it-up, Peppy, Peppermint, the Pepster

Princess Peppermint, Princess-of-quite-a-lot, Pep-Pep-Pep-it-up, Peppy, Peppermint, the Pepster – don’t be shy about your breakfast, now.

Mini Donkey ears for miles

Mini Donkey ears for miles.

Silver in the snow

Silver in the snow

you wish you could do this with your ears!

you wish you could do this with your ears!


mini donkeys

They sachet when they walk

Kalinka the mini donkey

Kalinka! Kalinka! Kalinka!

Laird, the Shetland wether, in the snow

Laird, the Shetland wether, in the snow – my little buddy.

the Shetland boys

the Shetland boys – Ninian, Lincoln, Nigel & Neville

Custer, the Shetland ram, in the snow

Custer, the Shetland ram, in the snow.  Better than in the barn.  Shetland rams don’t like ‘structures’, they tend to ram them.  But Custer is as sweet as anything, aside from that bit.

I asked the Muppets to smile for the camera

I asked the Muppets to smile for the camera

Thimble, eating hay

Thimble, as nimble as she needs to be. She hates her arthritis pills.  Only took her three days to figure out my trick.  Now what am I going to do?

Blossom is not feeling well

Blossom is not feeling well.  Her foot is warm and I think it’s injured beyond the trimming I gave the other day.  Dr. Kyle is coming out today to check her out.

Runout Gang of sheep, alpaca and goats

Runout Gang of sheep, alpaca and goats

Wendy, Lily & Pansy the Shetland ewes

Wendy, Lily & Pansy the Shetland ewes

Petal & Pansy the Shetland ewes

Daughter & Mother, Petal & Pansy, the Shetland ewes

Peter Pan is sweet on Hester

Peter Pan is sweet on Hester, so sweet in fact, that he’s been quite unchaperoned at night.

Latte peeking out of the stall

Latte peeking out of the stall

Hayden is healing from a meningeal parasite infection

Hayden is healing from a meningeal parasite infection.  I think today is the last day he has to have ‘stall time’, though, because he’s made huge improvements!

Iris the Cotswold ewe's behind

Iris the Cotswold ewe’s behind – because it shows how we ‘crutched’ her fleece so that the babies can nurse with ease and also her behind is cleaner without all that excess wool.  Lambing will be easier.  She needs all the help she can get.

Cotswold ewe Latte

Cotswold Latte, feeling fine

Iris the Cotswold very pregnant

Iris, so pregnant

Cotswold Sheep

Iris, just smelling the snowflakes

Cotswold Sheep

Lavender & Mister K

Wilbur the White Alpaca

Wilbur the White Alpaca


10 responses to “Cold & Sunny

  1. Your pictures are wonderful, I feel like I just visited the farm! What a nice variety of animals you have! Can you tell me where you got your manger or hay feeder,? It is very nice and looks like it doesn’t waste too much. I need a new one and I can’t decide on a good design.

    • Hi Pam: My husband works at a manufacturing facility that designs/makes giant machines and such. He designed it and then the shop welded it up out of scrap steel. So it’s a custom job! They are so super-duper, and the animals can’t knock them over(I have one nice one out of wood that my daughter made. The only problem is that they always up-end it!)

      Thanks so much for the kind comments! I didn’t even include the horses and poultry or the cats and dogs…another day!

  2. Thank you for the delightful farm-walk! I love your photos; it is so nice to be an “armchair traveler” and feel like I am right there too. I really appreciate your taking the time to do a blog post like this. You’ve captured such wonderful expressions of your sheep in these photos!

    • Oh you’re welcome! I love sharing them, I love the animals so much! I imagine everyone should!! I’m glad you’ve enjoyed the armchair traveling! This time of year it’s good to stay warm!

  3. I so enjoy following your adventures, Tammy! Your Instagram feed is one of my favorites. 🙂 The love and care you give your animals just oozes through everything! I’m so sorry you’ve been hit so hard with the M-worm this year. It’s such a nasty thing. Sending super positive vibes that Hayden and the others continue to heal nicely!

    I also really like seeing another fiber farmer grazing different species together. It is surprisingly hard to find this! Since I’m a super nosy nellie (and a newbie who is trying to make do with a super old dairy barn), I am always super interested to see other farmers’ infrastructure. Would you mind at some point sharing photos/diagrams/drawings of your barn layout and pasture setup?

    • Hi Jessica: Thank you!!!! I will definitely share the layout at some point! I have a big plan for this year to break out some kiosks and scavenger hunt maps for visitors, I get a lot of folks that want to visit but I’m finding I’m stretching myself too thinly to man the farm and entertain visitors(though I LOVE doing that!) So when I get into that project, it’ll be a good time for me to put a post out that shows the schematics. The only animals I tend not to run together are the horses & angora goats or the horses & sheep. Sometimes the horses get bossy and they’re just too strong to put with the little legged fiber friends, I’m always worried someone will get a hoof and it’ll do damage. I know that the alpacas can fend for themselves and they go with the horses, the sheep or the goats with ease. It’s the parasite control plan that is going to be tricky this coming year now that my alpacas have had such a rough fall with meningeal parasite. I don’t want them to be on a deworming plan that builds up resistant parasites that my sheep and goats will be exposed to since they’ve been very resistant with a FAMACHA/minimal parasite control plan. Anyway, I’ll explain more sometime and thanks for the note. Hayden is much better today! I think we kicked the stupid infection out of his system(*touches wood.*) xoxo,Tammy

  4. Thank you so much for taking the time to share your life, the farm and those fur babies.. I live in the tropics and it is such a joy to read your blog and read about life in Vermont. In fact I have bookmarked your blog and read it daily! Used to live in the US and miss those wild weathers tremendously. I admire your dedication and love for these animals. I have only one question – do you sleep? 🙂 Thank you again for your generosity.

    • 🙂 Thank you for the very kind comment and it’s great to hear from one so far away. I’m glad you enjoy hearing about the farm here in Vermont and all of my little musings along with it. You’re so kind to share with me. And yes, I do sleep, but not much!!

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