Tuesday, September 8, 2015

How Hot Is It?

There are Jacobs in the aisleway of the barn!  Completely against the code of Jacobs.  Jacobs hang out in the outer stall (except Billy Belly who is always in the inner stall - maybe because he snores or something).   Jacobs, being a more "feral" breed than, say, any of the Nistock sheep, don't like to draw attention to themselves.  They stay "outside".  Yesterday they were "inside".  That's pretty darn hot.


Ford, Henri and Jester have learned to like being in the aisleway.  It took awhile.  That's Heidi and Allie standing up.  Look how many sheep are lined up along the wall.  


I'm not sure who's idea it was, momma Baby Belly or daughter Clover Belly (like Emily and Casper Belly, they are inseparable), but there they are, smack in the middle of the aisleway.  I took this through the gate because I knew if I got too close I'd spook them and they'd scatter.  Let 'em sleep.


Oh, and here comes Casper Belly with momma Emily behind her.  It's getting pretty crowded in there!


Uh oh, and now Hershey (cue duh duh duh duh music).  I'm not sure why he left his Number One Profile position in front of the outer stall's fan.  Possibly Murphy finally got one over on him.  Or maybe he came in to get a drink and saw I was in the barn.  He's the opposite of feral ;-).


Daniel has been ruling the left side of the aisleway fan.  Last year he had the outer fan.  Hershey pushed him out this year.  Is he making a move on the aisleway fan too now???  Can you tell how close he's standing over Daniel?


"Ready to say Uncle yet?"


"I can take whatever you dish out."

Actually, I'm not sure that's what's going on.  For some reason, the hotter it gets the closer sheep want to stand.  The physics of it probably work if everyone's a sheep, but if it's me they are all leaning on, usually at least four at a time...it's not at all cooling or comfortable.  Still fun, just not very cool ;-).


But it could be a show of strength.  I think of Jester as being a pretty big sheep.  He's definitely big for a Jacob.  He's actually using the gate as a head rest (I think), but I wouldn't be surprised if he's was wishing he could get a couple licks in on Hershey ;-).  


B. Willard just wishes everyone would go back inside.

Yesterday seemed to be the hottest day so far.  Today is supposed to be in the 90s too, but tomorrow there's a chance of rain and the high is just the upper 80s.  I can't believe I'm saying "just the upper 80s".  Sigh...


11 comments:

  1. Poor sheep. I'll be so glad to see cooler temps here this weekend.

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  2. Poor sheeps...so hot. It turned cooler here now 70's this week maybe they will come your way:)

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  3. Yup they would not like CA going back p to 105 this week and smoke is so bad from the Rough Fire I cannot see the mountain across the road.

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  4. So even tho you've had them for years, the Jacobs would get up and leave if you got too close? Unlike the more domesticated breeds who want to sit in your lap. Wonder if you raised one as a bottle lamb, would that overcome its natural wary tendencies? Fascinating how they're all sheep but so different. Love learning these little tidbits of (completely useless to me since I'll never own sheep) knowledge.

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    1. Yep :-). Well, Henri is chummy and so was Mia, but that's it. Oh, they'll come up and grab cookies from you all day long, but don't try to touch them. Actually, Annabelly, the first lamb ever born here, 12 or 13 years ago now, is finally letting me occasionally get in a quick back scratch - for a couple seconds. I think she'd *like* to be chummy, but just can't let herself ;-). Yes, all sheep are different. Sometimes very different ;-).

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  5. Tomorrow the weather is supposed to break before evening. We need rain and cooler temperatures too. Keep those fans going....

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  6. I bet the sheep wish they had zippers on their fleece. Or something like that .

    The seasons *are* changing. Keep telling yourself that. By the two me you believe it, maybe it will be true.

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  7. Speaking of heat, living in Long beach, ca heat usually isn't a problem. Today it reached 103 and most of us do not have air conditioning. I hate this heat. Hope you don't get this heat at your place.

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    1. Shiralyn, what a small world . . . . I was born and raised in Long Beach, CA! None of the homes in our neighborhood had central air conditioning unless they had been remodeled/updated. I remember every single summer my mother would bemoan the fact that they "never needed air conditioning in the 40's and 50's" (1940's and 1950's, that is!). As a child in the 1960's it was common for the temperatures on the first day of school to reach the high 80's to 90's. (The reason I remember this so specifically is that all of the planning that went into choosing the outfit we would wear for the first day back to school in September would fly right out the window due to the heat!) Oddly enough, in the 50-plus years my parents lived in our home in Long Beach until they passed away, they never did have central air installed, even though they would well afford to do so. Perhaps the memories of Long Beach being a "coastal town" back in the 40's and 50's kept them from giving in!

      Sara, I hope you get a break in this heat very soon! I find it absolutely fascinating that some Jacobs are so skittish, even after a dozen or so years living "the good life" at your lovely farm. I guess Jacobs would not the first choice of breed to have if one wants a "cuddly" fiber flock, correct?

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    2. Shiralyn, what a small world . . . . I was born and raised in Long Beach, CA! None of the homes in our neighborhood had central air conditioning unless they had been remodeled/updated. I remember every single summer my mother would bemoan the fact that they "never needed air conditioning in the 40's and 50's" (1940's and 1950's, that is!). As a child in the 1960's it was common for the temperatures on the first day of school to reach the high 80's to 90's. (The reason I remember this so specifically is that all of the planning that went into choosing the outfit we would wear for the first day back to school in September would fly right out the window due to the heat!) Oddly enough, in the 50-plus years my parents lived in our home in Long Beach until they passed away, they never did have central air installed, even though they would well afford to do so. Perhaps the memories of Long Beach being a "coastal town" back in the 40's and 50's kept them from giving in!

      Sara, I hope you get a break in this heat very soon! I find it absolutely fascinating that some Jacobs are so skittish, even after a dozen or so years living "the good life" at your lovely farm. I guess Jacobs would not the first choice of breed to have if one wants a "cuddly" fiber flock, correct?

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