Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Momma's Little Ray Of Sunshine

I was doing some (apparently boring) work in the barn the other night.  It took longer than I'd thought it would and when I got done I looked around for Bullwinkle and couldn't find him.  With some lambs (cough Baaxter) this would be very bad, but I trust Bullwinkle quite a bit...or I wouldn't have let him out of my sight in the first place.

Kate and I looked out in the yard but didn't see him.  Hmmm, that's odd.  He usually grazes in front of the Wool House.  I checked around the back side, no "baby".  As I walked back to the barn, I saw him. He'd taken himself out to the side field and was grazing away like a good boy.  I guess he's ready to move to the barn :-/.



"Move to the barn?"


This is some of my favorite light.  Shining into one of my favorite paddocks.  On one of my favorite sheep.  I got a bit carried away.  But that's okay.  It's all fleeting, so enjoy.  






The sunbeam shots are all SOC (straight out of camera, meaning no editing or special Instagram filters...).  This last picture of Bullwinkle and Kate was taken at the same time, but from a different angle - facing the neighbors not the road.  Shots from this angle could be pretty too, but I think the golden sunbeams make the other pictures magical.  

Here's a new puzzle.  This was a really fun one to work :-).

 


25 comments:

Shirley said...

Beautiful light for sure! That is one content chubby little Bullwinkle.

Laurie in Maine said...

When I was reading some of the older posts the hay that made everyone sick had clover? Can they eat fresh clover? (As I daydream about a small spinning flock someday on our 22 +/- land and wonder what plants growing there now are bad!)

Reg Campbell said...

Wait till he hears no more baabas

thecrazysheeplady said...

First off, let me say that I am NOT a nutrition expert of any sort. I'm just passing alone some things I was told. My sheep eat plenty of white clover in the fields and don't have any trouble. I've heard they don't like to eat red/pink clover if it gets some age on it (maybe something changes and it gets dangerous and they know is?) and someone wondered if that was when the hay was baled. That being said, there may have been something else going on with the hay instead of clover, but since there was zero chance I was going to feed to anyone I didn't figure there was any point in going to the trouble and expense of having it tested, especially if/since the bales were different throughout the batch.

I would check with your local extension agent to find out what you have in your fields and any potential problems. Even better, find some shepherds in your area if you can and start talking to them about forages and nutrition requirements for that part of the country.

Sheep aren't dumb and for the most part will not graze something that will make them sick IF they have plenty to choose from. After our sheep got sick from the first two bales Friday night, they did not want to eat the hay the next morning. I'd tossed some flakes out before I noticed the problems. Luckily we were able to avert a tragedy.

Like most things, raising sheep is not as hard AND is harder than it looks depending on the day. Do your homework, find a good mentor, a good vet and be as vigilant as you can. The "trouble" is worth it :-).

thecrazysheeplady said...

Shhhhhh!

Michelle said...

I was enjoying each exquisite "sunbeam" shot, thinking how great each one would be as a puzzle – and then there one was! Hurray! Off to use time I shouldn't be spending that way; I can't resist!

Michelle said...

Quick gratification; thanks!

Tyche's Minder said...

Such a round little chub!
Truer words never said, "Raising sheep is both not as hard and harder than it looks." :)

thecrazysheeplady said...

A brief moment of clarity ;-D.

thecrazysheeplady said...

You're welcome! :-)

k said...

I enjoy your puzzles so much. I like to do almost any puzzle, but they're most fun when the pictures are cute animals and beautiful places, and you've got those two things covered. Bullwinkle is a cutie.

Lori Skoog said...

Hey, hay, Sara! You and Bullwinkle have such a sweet relationship. But then....I've thought that with all the bottle babies. Is it dry down there? So glad you got all that hay!

Alice said...

Bullwinkle is your ray if sunshine even on a cloudy day. Isn't he still baby yet? Does he really need the barn life so soon? He looks to be a real lovey!!

Laurie in Maine said...

When I was reading some of the older posts the hay that made everyone sick had clover? Can they eat fresh clover? (As I daydream about a small spinning flock someday on our 22 +/- land and wonder what plants growing there now are bad!)

thecrazysheeplady said...

I'm assuming this is a delayed comment posting... Answered above.

Glenda said...

All your photos are magical! I enjoy them every day with my morning coffee. Never stop!

sophy0075 said...

Babies ( and baahbies) always grow up. Sniff. But at least you have these beautiful golden memories.

thecrazysheeplady said...

Hot and dry until yesterday when we got a couple nice showers. Greened things back up a bit :-).

thecrazysheeplady said...

He's going to be 10 weeks old this Friday...I think. Oh no. I just looked back and he's only going to be 9 weeks old tomorrow. How did I get that wrong? I'm a week ahead of schedule. Still ready for the barn, but he'll be happy to keep getting a baba for another week.

Arlette Seib said...

Love those sun ray photos! Fourth photo is my favourite.

LannieK said...

Beautiful photos! Ya wanna just run out in that gorgeous field and give BW a big hug! Then watch his eyes go wide, ears go back as he runs fast to mom... "fewww, dodged that hug!"

I need orange said...

Lovely shots of a lovely little (big!) lambie.

Terry and Linda said...

He is also our ray of sunshine!

Linda

Far Side of Fifty said...

Great puzzle and 22 minutes later! Only one more week of Babas say it isn't so:(

Debbie said...

Your photos were beautiful. I did the puzzle with my coffee. Thanks a bunch for getting my brain going this morning!

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