Sunday, June 26, 2011
They're hereeeeee! And ramblings on a Sunday morning!
We received the call at 3AM. I had told him that he would probably have to call 2-3 times to rouse us from our slumber, as we are both hard of hearing. But not so this AM. I jumped up with the first ring. It was time to get our things and drive to Cheyenne Wyoming to pick them up. I was hoping that I would remember to bring my camera, but it was forgotten in our haste to get out the door, so alas the hand off will not be in pictures. It seemed to take forever to drive that 30 miles. I could just feel all the watchful eyes on us, from a multitude of antelope, as we made our way north on highway 85 under the nights veil, with only the splattering of stars overhead, and our headlights to light the way. A lonely drive and a road not well travelled at this time of morning anyway.
When we arrived in Cheyenne, we had to wait about 10 minutes for the transporter to arrive with our 4 Katahdin hair sheep lambs. He had a double decker Featherweight aluminum trailer, built for speed, easy towing and animal comfort. The lambs were in the upper deck. I climbed up on the back of our pick up, and peered inside to a sea of black heads, and milling bodies, "baas" coming from above and below. I suppose trying to keep track of their herd mates. But ours were easy to spot, they had tails! That is one of the appealing attributes of these sheep. No docking tails, no disbudding horns and parasite resistance. Who-hoo!
So the birth of Idars Katahdins, along with Nubian goats and alpacas has begun! We are excited, as we have been waiting almost a year for these sheep. Pete, our future herdsire is on the right, you can see that he is a bit larger and more masculine looking that the 3 girls.
The new sheep have been clustered together pretty tight, as sheep will do.
This is the second day we have let our 2 month old turkeys free range. We had to let them get used to the surroundings for awhile first. Here is 6 of the 9 that we have.
Water garden update.
I bought pond plants, and the first night, LuLu ate the 4 water hyacinths that we had. The chickens also trimmed up the grass type plants. Luckily, no one can reach the water lilies. I bought a red and a yellow lily. The water is a little murky yet, I have a filter, but need to get a pump yet. The 5 koi are in the pond and loving the space, I feed them every night as dusk, so peaceful to see them surfacing, I just love to sit beside the pond and just watch them. (As I fight off the advances of the dogs.) We found a fellow who does custom bridges, and that is on our list next, to see if one would work for our pond. We are hoping that this little area in front of our house will be a bird, butterfly, and bee sanctuary.
Speaking of ponds, Dennis and Ryan went fishing at 8am, up in the Rocky Mountains, hoping to catch that elusive trout, so not much rest for Dennis today.
And I will be alone all day, to do girlie things, so no time for napping. I have a few projects in the sewing room calling out my name. This is a quilt that I am making for my daughter, you can see that it is all pinned together and just waiting to be quilted. The colors of this quilt are brown, purple and sage green, a little bit off in the picture, as the lighting was not the best in the basement, where my hide away sewing room is located.
And who can't use one of these! Another clutter catcher, a pattern I got from one of my quilt clubs. There are pockets on the inside to store all my sewing essentials. This was very difficult to make, the binding around the bottom edge, really gave me trouble. Had to rip it out and redo twice.
A stow away from our years of living in Arizona perhaps? This is our front flower garden. We finally have the post and rail fence around it. Dennis had to whittle down some of the rails to get it to fit just right. He did a very good job!
The end, or should I say, their ends. Speaking of which, before I purchased these lambs, one of my criteria was wide back ends and straight legs. The reason for the width between their legs is for more capacious udder to feed babies.