Monday, August 17, 2015

Good Sheep Dogs

Remember Kate sitting with her yard sheep the other afternoon? Hank sits with his sheep, too :-). 

Maisie and Graham

They eat a bit more than the concrete sheep ;-).

It's still too hot for B. Willard and Keebler to head out.  They wait for longer shadows, as do the horses.

Resting up.

And here come a couple of Adventure Chickens.  They too rest in the late afternoon and make one last foray down to the creek just before bed.  Note Graham and Maisie are still eating.

One thing about sheep bells is you always know where your sheep, or at least your belled sheep, are.  I worked late in the Wool House the other night.  It was nearly 11:00 when I stepped out the door.  Pitch black.  The barn was quiet.  The sheep asleep.  In the barn.  Except for a ding-a-ling-a-ling-a-ling-a out front.  

This is not the first time I've caught Graham grazing late into the night.  I'm used to it now.  I'm not super jazzed about it, but I know Hank's on duty and other than locking Graham behind bars (not necessarily a bad idea now that I think about it ;-), I know there's no way to stop him.

Out of curiosity I turned on my flashlight to see who else might be out there.  Normally he's out by himself (Graham, Graham, Graham...), but I had a feeling that since it's been so hot, he might not be alone.  He wasn't. Renny was out there with him and she seemed a bit embarrassed to be "caught".  A few of the boys were out, too. 

And Hank.  Always sitting out with his sheeps.  I said goodnight and walked on to the house and went to bed.


Cheryl West said...

Lovely scenes. The concrete sheep certainly would not keep your fields mowed so nicely. Bless Hank always on duty for his friends, Are the chickens "adventure chickens" because they wander around or is there more of a backstory? Just curious.. It will be 92 here in CT today so I share your suffering this awful heat and it is still much too dry.

thecrazysheeplady said...

I know I have a post explaining that, but I can't find it. We call them that because they are always going off on adventures, traveling way further from their coop than the books said they would. We've caught them all the way up at the road before, probably getting ready to hitchhike into town!

Tracey ~ Clover said...

You home is just beautiful and I do love seeing the sheep. It's been hot and humid here too, but that is to be expected, just as long as we don't have a hurricane I can deal.
Have a great week.

Far Side of Fifty said...

Hank is ever watchful...he is worth his weight in gold:)

Alice said...

Belling Graham is one of the wisest solutions ever for safeguarding him against himself!

Michaele said...

Such a beautiful place you have. The animals are all so content. I like that some of them graze in the night - and you let them.

Unknown said...

Everything in it's place.........until nightfall haha When you say in 'the front' I assume you still mean behind bars/fences.
I checked out Mar. 6, 2014 and had a good laugh. Did you see this posting? Those knitters make me feel like a total slacker!

Cheryl West said...

Just like Shaun and his friends.

LannieK said...

Thanks for the peaceful photos. Needed them :-) I know it's hot back there ~ you can see it in Hank's face... And by you working well into the coolness of the evening.

LannieK said...

Thanks for sharing the link ~ Beautiful!!!! (and I've somehow received the slacker of the year award :-\)

steph said...

ahhhh, those lazy days of summer. lovely photos


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