Friday, February 11, 2011

Farm Friends Friday - Feeding Frenzy

I decided my plan would be to feature a special farm friend each week for Farm Friends Friday. Sometimes a sheep, sometimes a dog, maybe a horse, a hard working cat (on a week I need to skip ;-)...

Today was supposed to be Ewen McTeagle's day. I'd picked him not because he's so cute or because he's so big and easy to hug or because he's the one sheep that probably loves me more than any other sheep out there or because I love him as much or more than any other sheep out there, but because he's the most helpful sheep we have. The best laid plans.

There's really no way to take pictures of just one sheep. Ewen's not big on having his picture taken in the first place. Keebler gets his feelings hurt if he's not the star of the universe. Petunia and Joshua just assume they are going to be in every picture. Renny is in every pictures because there's just no stopping her...

This week's Farm Friends Friday will feature the (every day) feeding frenzy.



The calm before the storm. Every morning I find Hank waiting patiently and the young sheep cleaning up scraps from the night before.



I use either a sled or this handy garden cart to carry the hay. When it's super cold and I don't want to have to take my gloves off to open my pocket knife, I stick a big kitchen knife in the bale.



And then I get mugged.



But just before, I grab the knife, because if there's one thing Graham Lamb does. not. need. it's a weapon. Of any sort. He will bypass food for tools. Any sheep who will bypass food for anything, especially a knife, power drill or ladder, is a sheep to fear.



So here's where Ewen comes in. You can put just about anything on his big, velcro-y back and "it'll ride". Safely out of harm's (and Graham's) way.

Do you see tiny Renny in there? I guess she has such a large personality that I never think of her as small until I see her in with the rest of the sheep. Unstoppable.



When I get done setting out separate piles of hay for everyone, I go find big Ewen, gather up my knife and hay strings, tell him thank you and give him a big hug. And he acts like he hates it and that I'm embarrassing him in front of all his friends ;-).



Keebs. The obligatory picture. He is pretty cute.



Hank knows enough to stay out of the way while this is all going on and uses feeding time to make his big lap around the yard. When everything settles down, he comes back to the gate, I let him back in, grab my coffee cup, take a deep breath and stand there for awhile and watch everyone eat.

For more farm friends...

19 comments:

Anchor Cottage said...

I love your stories, thank you.
Mary Ann @ Anchor Cottage

Gayle said...

You have the best sheep in the world and I'm sure that is because you are the best sheep friend in the world!

Lori Skoog said...

How sweet it is. What is it like to see grass?

Anonymous said...

Hi
Loving the stories and the sheep. Renny looks like she is holding her own with the herd.

Jean-MN

kenleighacres.com said...

How nice to have a helper (the good kind of helper). Love your wagon! Always good to see Keebs.

Jody said...

Sounds like a perfect way to start one's day....luv it :-)

Peacecat said...

I just adore your photos and stories. It makes me feel like I can be a part of it all!
I just want to pat Hank, hug sheep, and share a cuppa tea.

Nancy K. said...

I love the variety in your flock! Each one is so cute in it's own way.

Dream likes me to read your blog and the comments to her but I'm not going to today because she would be quite upset by "Gayle's" comment.

Sick in the Bluff Country...

:-(

Dreaming said...

Aww, the hay all over the face is just too cute! Your tool holder is pretty handy - and you are right, Renny sure is small. I had trouble finding his green blanket in the frenzy!

flowerweaver said...

Wasn't it Graham Lamb that stole your sweater sleeve and unraveled all over the barn like a Family Circus cartoon? That Keebs, still the cutest face on the block!

Rural Revival said...

What a wonderful cast of characters! I'm looking forward to meeting them all.

~Andrea~

Ed said...

AWWWWW, just adorable. Rennt is a force of nature and are all of the flock..:-)

Alice said...

What a BIG helper Ewen is!!! Cute and huggable sheep with dutiful dog photos. Bon Appetit!

Verde Farm said...

I just love all your precious sheep-they are quite a team. Renny is my favorite of course but I love them all. So glad you are sharing them on FF FRiday :)
Have a great weekend gal!

Tiggeriffic said...

DID you hear my sister in South Carolina?? She got her calendar that I bought for her from you ~ she was so excited. She was yelling over the phone.THANK YOU ~! THANK YOU~!
I loved the hay all over one of your sheeps face. I think you should write a book about your sheep.. They are so sweet ~!
Thanks for all the pictures and your blog.. I'm blessed every time I read it..
Have a Tiggeriffic Day~!
Ta Ta For Now from Iowa:)

dibear said...

So great seeing Graham and Keebs again. They are so handsome. :)

junelle said...

Oh my goodness Keebs...so stinkin adorable! That could keep my spirits up for such a long time! LOL

thecrazysheeplady said...

Nope, the yarn tangler would be the wonder boy Keebler ;-).

katiegirl said...

Love it! What a great post. What a helpful guy!

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