Thursday, March 6, 2014

Hazards On The Trail. Big Hazards.

Chilly morning, but the snow had melted from the stone steps - a perfect spot to knit a couple rows.    I could watch the sheep finish up breakfast, listen to the birds, try to figure out what the chickens are up to  all day... 


"Oh my gosh, oh my gosh, those are real sheeps!!!"

Our awesome farm sitter rescued these tiny Serta sheep from a yard sale thinking 20 might like some cousins.  They fit perfectly in my knitting basket and have been keeping me company on the Iknitarod trail. 


"And that's the sheep your yarn came from?  That is SO COOL!  Hey, Keebler!  Can you come over here?"

Um, that would be a no.  Remember, he's "complicated" ;-).


It was a beautiful morning.  Sheeps all around, horses out grazing in the sun...


Blossom picking at some winter grass through the snow.

My goal is 20 rows today.  I got 10 yesterday and surely I'm getting a little faster and I have had a little more free time today.  I should be knitting right now, but what transpired next was so funny I thought I'd come in for another cup of coffee share with the (delusional) Graham Lamb fan club. 


Uh oh.


And my trusty guard dog is taking a nap!


Nope, he's right on it.  He knows to always keep an eye on Graham.  I do too and was just getting ready to go grab my bag...but he was so cute sniffing the little sheep.  Maybe I'll take a quick picture.  Maybe it will be okay. 


So, let's think back over the years.  Has there ever been a time when Graham got involved in something that ended well?

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Yeah, um, that'd be a no. 


"You s'posed to be doing that?"


"Yeah, she said it was okay."  

For the record, I did not.  Ever.  And the next 2 seconds were like a slow motion scene in an action movie.  He makes a grab for the bag while I'm yelling "Nooooooooooh!"

And then it was over.


Oh, the carnage.


Somehow the shawl stayed safely on the mounting block, the attached yarn flying freely from the center pull ball as it hurdled through the air.  The snow cushioned the yarn bowl and Hank quickly attended to the Serta Sheep.  

Whew.

As I picked up everything I felt a tiny bit like the video of/by Jeff King on the Iditarod Insider yesterday.  He's wearing a GoPro camera, filming as his dogs carry him down the trail whether he's upright...or not.  At one point you can see him scrambling to stop the dogs and his upside down sled.  They do finally stop, he picks everything up, rights his sled and continues on.  

Continuing on!



15 comments:

Alice said...

So the tiny Sertas got to meet Uncle Graham!!! They are so lucky to have Hank to the rescue! Welcome to life on the farm . Stay awhile...... Your Aunt Sara has lots more stories to tell about your crazy uncle.

fjord girl said...

Too funny- good that Hank is on patrol. Love the beautiful crisp light in your pictures.

Far Side of Fifty said...

the carnage could have been worse! I enjoyed the photos and thanks for the smile this morning...Hank almost saved the day! Was there cookies in that bag:)

Andee said...

I am glad no shawls were destroyed in the making of this post :) I was so nervous!!!

katie metzroth said...
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katie metzroth said...

I love the pic of Graham nuzzling the sheep. :)

I need orange said...

Lol..............

Graham is clearly the Calvin (of Calvin & Hobbes) of sheep...............

Love the "Yeah, she said it was ok." Just what Calvin would say. In fact, he might even say "Yeah, she told me to."

:-) lol.........

That Hank -- what a good boy!

Love that one of the little sheep is 1/2.........

Thanks -- I can always use a chuckle!

And -- thank goodness the shawl was unscathed!


~Kim at Golden Pines~ said...

Things like that always seem to happen, even when we think it won't! What are we thinking? :-)

Maureen said...

Never a dull moment eh?

Love this post! That Hank is a great guy....

Tombstone Livestock said...

Good job Hank, take care of all the sheep. Great photos once again Sara and captions to go with them.

Sheepmom said...

This is just too funny! I don't dare leave fun props out around the sheep to take pictures. This is exactly what happens. I LOVE that Hank is tending to the sheep! What a great, great dog. Glad there was no breakage or damaged knitting!

Peacecat said...

I am laughing out loud. This is so funny!!! Thanks for sharing the frame by frame delightful story...

karen said...

so the sheep just couldn't resist the urge to check out the bag :) Lovely photos of the inquisitive sort.

Susan Mckee-Nugent said...

I Need Orange has the right of it, The 'Calvin' of the flock IS Graham. LOL esp. as no shawl was harmed! Very close call.

Lisa Smith said...

What a good dog Hank is! I love how he gets right to it when something seems amiss. (Or has the potential of becoming something that seems amiss!) I love, love, love your posts so much; they always brighten my day.....thank you for keeping us posted on the hijinks that ensue! Warm regards from Lisa in Oregon.

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