Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Would He?

While at first glance this appears to be a story about a sheep eating watermelon, I think the better story is actually the chickens.

I took a not super ripe watermelon out to the barn thinking everyone could share it.  The sheep were all asleep so I quietly set it down for the chickens.  Woody popped up immediately, came racing out and started gobbling it all up.  Would he share it?  No, he Woody not.  

"Boy, that sure looks good."

Note Gladys circling and circling while the others watch on in horror as the watermelon quickly disappears.  

"Can't you make him share with us, Gladys?"

"I just can't believe this!"

"Come on, Woody.  Just a little bit?"  


"The nerve!"

Here comes Andy.

Would Woody share?

"I guess I'll just eat this piece of wilted lettuce."

And Gladys is back...

...for one last attempt.



Look at his gluttonous pink nose!  And the disgruntled hens.  I think I'd be a bit afraid to go to sleep tonight, Woody.  And I think I'll go get the girls their very own watermelon tomorrow.

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Old Friends

I wanted to add Ewen McTeagle and Woolliam to the "easy breezy" paddock.  Allie was doing really well in there, even getting out to graze some, so I knew if I could talk the boys into moving they'd be happy.  

Well, they weren't.  The two grumpy old men who have always slept in the back of the inside stall were absolutely Not Happy that they were now being forced to sleep in the front of the outside stall.  I had to lock them in there the first night.

The next morning (yesterday), when they only had to walk a few steps to the breakfast bar and could just step out the door to graze, they started to come around ;-).  This is what I found when I headed back out after dinner this evening.

Woolliam and Ewen would normally already be tucked deep into the barn, missing out on a nice evening outdoors.  Allie, too, but she'd be more to the front...and yelling at everyone to come in with her.  They all have to be happier outside on a nice evening.  I know I was happy to see them out there :-).

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

The Tell Tale Signs

When I walked back up to the barn after lunch I saw the chicken feeder knocked apart and empty.  This is a classic sheep move.  Sheep love chicken feed.  So do Corgis, but they don't have to bust the feeder open to get to the food ;-).  It was sheep.  

Great.  I left a gate open somewhere.  None of my flowers were chewed down to the ground, so everyone stayed in the barn.  Wonder what got torn up.  What kind of mess(es) am I going to have to clean up...  I know what I'm in for :-/.  

Well, this is a surprise.  Nothing.  Wait a minute...  Do you see the sheep?

Now do you?

Let's walk around to the other side (as I need to shut a gate on the way ;-).


That's actually pretty clever if I say so myself!

"Yeah, I know ;-)."

That's Rocky (one of the new "rams") laying down.  Jared (the other one) came in to see what was going on...and can't believe it.  "How'd that punk get over there right in front of our fan?!?"

I let him sleep there until he got up and then I ushered him back to the correct side of the gate.  Later I found this.

Must have been a good day to be Biscuit :-).

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Hot Dog

This also made a fun puzzle.  Lots of easy lines to follow and plenty of Hank :-).  Enjoy!

Monday, July 9, 2018

The New Girl

This is Kaala.  She's a natural colored Clun Forest ewe who belongs to my friend Benita aka fiberpusher of Dyed in the Wool fame.  She was part of a flock in Indianapolis that was being dispersed and needed a new home.  

She's a funny little sheep with a big personality.  Since I'm not familiar with the farm she came from, she's in quarantine for awhile.  I wish it weren't so hot, but we're doing the best we can.  Lila stepped in got tricked into babysitting her and she's settling in just fine.

Friday, July 6, 2018


For those of us apparently not keeping score at home...

...the Tour de Fleece starts tomorrow.  Yes...tomorrow :-o.

Buddy is going to be our Team My Favorite Sheep cheerleader this year, because who's better at yelling than Buddy?  So, if you need some encouragement, he's your sheep.  If you need a kick in the butt, he's your sheep.  If he wants a cookie...

As always, the Tour de Fleece spinning challenge runs in conjunction with the Tour de France bike race.  The full "rules/guidelines" are listed here on Ravelry and if you'd like to officially join the Punkin's Patch team, here is our official group on Ravelry.  You sure don't have to join officially (the primary goal of the Tour is just to encourage you to do some spinning, learn something new...), but we do have prizes :-).

All levels of experience are welcome.  Give it a try!  Our "team" is kind and helpful and very inspirational.  And no worries if you think you are already too far behind.  I'm right there with you ;-).


Thursday, July 5, 2018

This Weather...

" for the birds!"

Heck, even the birds are hot!

Last night was just miserable.  We got a big storm late afternoon today and it cooled off a little. If we can hold on until Saturday, it looks like we're going to get a break for a couple days.  Whew!

Sunday, July 1, 2018

Just Like Fireflies

Actually, not really very much like fireflies...but they did appear to glow in the setting sun.  I didn't get a great picture of all of them floating around, but I do like this picture of Petunia and Renny grazing together with Buddy looking on.   Might be a fun puzzle :-).

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Find The Thing That Nurtures Your Soul...

...and then give it to every person you meet.  Heidi Howeth via Instagram*

Okay, I'd been struggling to write a coherent post about this quote and why I blog...and the internet crashed and nothing got saved.  I'm going to take that as divine intervention and not try to recreate it because I'm pretty sure it didn't really make sense the first time and I doubt the second would be any better.

I don't want the blog to go dark again, so until I have the words...I'll give you pictures.  That hopefully nurture your soul.

Another cute Nistock lamb...and a new puzzle :-).

*I think I started following her because of her beautiful snow photographs.  Maybe during the Iditarod.  I don't remember.  Give her a look.  Just stunning.

Tuesday, June 26, 2018


Just checking to see if the blog even still worked...

This is a pretty Cotswold ewe and her lambs from last month at Nistock Farms.

Sunday, June 17, 2018

A Is For Abby

For anyone not following social media, we lost Abby on Friday.  She'd gone in for a check up, was still a little off, we decided to do one more round of antibiotics and she had a reaction to the shot and they couldn't save her.  The drug was RESFLOR.  Please spread the word - DO  NOT EVER USE ON LAMBS.  

I have taken this incredibly hard.  And I'm going to leave it at that.  

I had not yet done her week three recap and had been looking forward to working on that Friday afternoon.  I didn't think I could do that now and added that to the list of things I was angry that Abby and I were cheated out of.  

I never told her adoption story.  I never told the story about us almost going to Chicago.  Her peeing in my Cheerios one morning.  I never took a funny video of her eating vanilla wafers.  I'd never even taken an official photograph of her.  She was never going to get a mug shot.  Be on the Christmas card.  Get her first hair cut.  Grow up. 

Reg talked me into going ahead with the recap "memory".  Abby had earned that and her life should be celebrated.  I figured if I could get through that I could make her a mug shot, too.  My brain is still too fizzy though and all I could think of for her "rap sheet" was her name.  It's taken me all afternoon to write these few paragraphs.

Friday, June 8, 2018

Abby's Week Two Recap

Abby's having a much better second week at Equinox Farm :-).  She's feeling much better, much to the cat's dismay.  Still hasn't figured out the grazing/eating thing, but she's working on it.  Here is a fun recap.

Life is starting to settle down some.  Not to jinx anything...

Sunday, June 3, 2018

Aaaand We're Back...And We Brought Company

Sorry to be blogless for so long.  I've had the perfect storm of no computer internet access...and for anyone not following IG/Twitter/FB...

This is Abby Lamby.  She was two weeks old yesterday and, boy, has she had a tough two weeks.  She had a very traumatic birth (sheepmom had to do mouth to mouth to even get her started) and ended up with some serious complications that have kept several shepherds and vets working together as what is now being called Team Abby over on Instagram.  I just love that!  

So yes, she came from Nistock Farms so she's sweet and beautiful and smart and all sheep ;-).   Her dad is Brick and Brick's dad was Rocky, which reminds me I've never done an official welcome to the farm post for "the boys".  It's going to take me a bit to catch up. 

I also have new Lamb Camp photos to share...once Abby lets me spend some time in the office ;-).

Saturday, May 19, 2018

2018 Kentucky Sheep And Fiber Festival

Despite the not so great weather (it's May in Kentucky, so it could always be worse ;-), we had a great day at the Kentucky Sheep and Fiber Festival.  Biscuit, Muffin and Liddy did a great job working the crowd and all three were happy to let kids of all ages visit with them.  Auntie Reg did a great job working the crowd as always :-).

Here is a fun iPhone compilation of pictures and videos.  This is the "long version".

Looks like the rain is over, so come on out tomorrow!  And don't forget the Bluegrass Classic Stock Dog Trial will still be going on down the hill as well.  Tomorrow is the "double lift" (championship), which is exceptionally fun to watch.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

If You Think I've Gone Missing...

...just check the skirting room. Whew!  I'm done with our fleeces and now I'm working on the fleeces from Tring Farm.  Hopefully I'll be finishing up today because it's almost time to load the trailer!  

For something fun I thought I'd post a Lamb Camp shot from the April Archives and found this sweet picture of one of the guardian dogs, Bella, sleeping with a ewe we call Georgie and her two lambs.  Which reminded me I had a picture from earlier in April...

Georgie was a first time mom this spring and I love this picture of her getting reassurance from Annemarie as they got ready to head to the nursery.  The lambs born out in the field get a ride to the barn in a dog crate on the back of the golf cart.  The moms follow along, keeping a close eye on their babies.

I thought I'd add a link to more information about the golf cart set up and guess what!  That's Georgie as a lamb!  What a fun coincidence :-).

Georgie's fleece is one of the fleeces coming to the festival this weekend.  It's a lovely color and would be a great first fleece for someone wanting to learn how to wash and process a farm fresh  fleece.  I like pairing up fleeces to people and am happy to talk wool all day long, so don't hesitate to ask me for suggestions :-).

Hope to see you this weekend!

Monday, May 14, 2018

Sneak Peek

I've been busy getting the 2018 fleeces ready for the Kentucky Sheep and Fiber Festival this weekend.  I took some pictures as I skirted along and shared quite a few of them and even did a series of educational Chocula fleece pictures and at the end my phone made a sweet video "memory" for me.  

I started a post to share it earlier and then felt the need to go on and on explain about the work and photo stories and the sweet little wren in some of the pictures and nine paragraphs later I realized that when it's 91 stupid degrees and I'm miserable I really don't have anything to write that anyone wants to read so let's just grab a glass of lemonade and watch a sweet video and shut up. 

We are bringing quite a few really nice and fun Equinox Farm fleeces this weekend.  I will also have some pretty fleeces from Tring Farm in our booth.  Kathy will have her Final Frontier Farm fleeces for sale in the Fleece Sale area.

There will also be the usual Punkin's Patch swag (bags, mugs, cards, t-shirts), spindle kits and some yarn and a limited amount of roving.  20 will of course be there and I know everyone wants to know what other sheep are coming...

Saturday, May 12, 2018

All The Cool Kids Are Doing It

More from the April archives.

Thursday's lamb wasn't really doing anything super unusual.  Tucked up either next to or on top of your mom is a favorite baby lamb sleeping spot, especially on a cold afternoon like I remember this one was.

And being so sound asleep you don't even know you've fallen out of bed...too cute :-).

Do you know what's really special about this picture?  That is not that lamb's mother.  She was one of the grannies who had been moved into the nursery pen so she'd get a little extra food before she lambed.  

Good mommas are not always your real momma :-).  

Thursday, May 10, 2018

That Can't Be Comfortable

Another from the April archives...

I remember taking this picture, but I can't remember what the weather was like that day.  There were some brutally cold "spring" days this year.  I'm not sure if this lamb had found a warm spot to sleep or if his mom, a very good first time lamber, had put him back in that corner to keep him safe. 

They'd just moved into the nursery pen so it could be either scenario.  Or sometimes lambs just do silly things :-).

Final Frontier Farm, Paris, Kentucky

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Hours Of Nonstop Entertainment

I was out in the barn yesterday evening when all the sheep headed out for a last bit of grazing.  Nothing unusual about that until Daniel walked out...with the Sheep Chicken on his back.  

While several of the sheep will actually carry the chicken straight over to the wall where her night perch is located, Daniel is apparently not one.  Oh, he's happy to let the chicken surf from his back to another sheep's back, but if he has to mastermind the complete trip...  

"I thought the chicken was supposed to stay back in the barn."

Spud, far left, looks like he's telling Daniel he did it wrong.  Spud is one of the best chicken transport sheep.

"Yes, I realize that now, Spud!"

"You made a new puzzle from that picture?"

"For crying out loud.  This just gets worse and worse."


"I have a chicken on my back."

"I have a chicken on my back."

"A little help here, lady?!?"

"I have a chicken on my back."

"Come here, Big D, and I'll take the chicken in for you."

He might not understand how to get the chicken put to bed properly, but he does know he can walk over to me and I'll fix it...after I take a few pictures ;-).  


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