The other day a friend sent me a link to that crazy fun LED Sheep video that zoomed around a few years ago and will hopefully keep on zooming. I re-watch it every year. That and how they made it. Which then reminded me of the Brooks Brothers lambs singing Jingle Bells a couple years ago and how they made that and down the path I went :-).
Here are the links. Guaranteed to brighten your day...even if it is just with LEDs ;-).
This is not the best "how to" video I remember, but I can't find that one and need to get back to work :-/.
And these lambies are so stinkin' cute I just almost can't stand it!
Karen asked where Blossom was (in the Christmas card). Poor Baba. I've learned that 20 animals is a pretty good maximum number for each year. With 35 sheep, there are many who don't get included. It's hard to decide who makes the card and who doesn't.
I know better than to leave Miss Maisie off (the rotten tomatoes would start flying from you all ;-). I know better than to leave Graham off (yes, we are all a little afraid of the wrath of Graham ;-). I always include any new sheep, cats, dogs, horses and I can't imagine painting the card without Hank.
Yesterday was a nice busy day. Stella and I hosted a neighborhood tea and enjoyed catching up with many of our friends we share a wave to as we pass each other on the road. I barely noticed that the sun was shining for the first time in days ;-). As soon as we had everything cleaned up and put away, I grabbed the camera and headed out.
Most of the sheep had already moseyed back to the barn. I knew Blossom would still be out though and she was. It's how she keeps her voluptuous figure!
The side view is a bit more slimming ;-).
My plan was to take some Blossom pictures (Did she make one of the "Where are they now" posts?), but my eye always travels to Hank. This is the time of day that he starts making his rounds.
He follows the perimeter of each paddock, checking smells, leaving some of his own.
He's particularly interested in the road frontage of the side paddock.
Baby B (Baaxter) is back out grazing. Well, he followed me out and then proceeded to jump on me every time I crouched down to take a picture. I am his favorite play toy. Or maybe that's Auntie Reg ;-). It was cute at 20 pounds...
Oddly, I've never had a lamb jump like he does. When Kathy saw him bounce up onto the Wool House porch as a wee tot (from a stand still and probably three feet up), she immediately said "That's the Polypay in him!"
And as we all go about our evening grazing and chatting about silly sheep and not paying any attention to anything else, Hank continues on his rounds. He's all business as the sun sets...and that's why the rest of us can relax. He's headed out back to patrol the ponds and back fields next.
You wouldn't know it driving past our house though. Even the neighbors are starting to comment on it. Today's the day! But first, a little holiday cheer from the farm. What are those crazy boys up to this year?!?
There has always been a bit of a rivalry between the older boys (Chocula, Hershey, Daniel and Burrnie) and the the younger boys (Baaxter, Woody, Murphy and Woody). Girls, food, cookies, back scratches...you name it.
Chocula's usually the main enforcer. Baaxter's smart enough to stay out of the way (usually ;-). Woody's mouth runs all the time and somehow cute, innocent little Spud keeps getting caught in the middle. Daniel likes to take advantage of everyone's distraction and come over for extra attention.
I wasn't going to paint a new card this year. Last year's number ten seemed like a nice ending point and really, other than a snowball fight or trying to figure out a way the sheep could make snow angels without looking dead, I couldn't come up with any other winter activities to portray.
When we lost Iris so unexpectedly this fall and quickly realized just how much she'd kept everyone in line, I decided the snowball fight would be a perfect design. Kate's arrival last month tied in well, too. She could be racing in to save the day...with Tilly happy to once again be "back up".
Graham pretty much has to be on every card. I'm not sure how he got that negotiated into his contract, but there he is ;-). B. Willard is also a frequent cast member as is Mia. Little Mia is a bittersweet inclusion this year. After years of battling "something liver related" we knew it would not be fair to put her through another winter. She will always be there in spirit though, another Angel Among Us.