N-Ewes from Hopeful Shetlands

Monday, April 28, 2008

Welcome Coal

I thought that I would post a couple of photos of Coal, my blue faced leicester ram. He has very light and soft feeling fleece that should be wonderful to spin. I can't wait until shearing. He was readily accepted into the flock by the other rams and has settled in nicely. I have also included some photos of Rueben, hard at work guarding his babies. Every spring when lambs are born Rueben lays just outside their pen in the barn and then just outside the fence when they go out. He rarely moves and most times doesn't eat either and just watches. It is why I can sleep at night when I hear the coyotes howling in the distance.

Sunday, April 27, 2008

Busy Time

So far April has been a very busy month.Five of my ewes have lambed and have given me ten beautiful healthy lambs. Larry, the little bottle lamb, is doing well and catching up in size to his siblings. Saturday was my first fibre show of the season and was very successful. My yarn sold well and some of my new rovings, fresh from Edy's Mills, were very popular. Thanks to all who purchased fibre or just stopped to chat. My bluefaced leicester ram, Coal, arrived today from Bill's farm in eastern Ontario and he has a very nice crimpy and soft fleece. I will be breeding him to a select number of shetland ewes and should have a new wool to add to my sales. Next weekend is Southwest Seminar in Goderich and hopefuly some more lambs. Enjoy the pics.

Wednesday, April 09, 2008

More Lambs

I now have 8 lambs on the ground, 4 boys and 4 girls. One poor little guy was missed when we moved his mom and now is a bottle baby. He had been stolen by one of the non-pregnant ewes and I found him outside, quite hungry and irate that no one was feeding him. He is safe in the barn with everyone else and is growing into a lovely chubby ram. Here are some photos of the group. A reminder that I will be attending Knitters' Frolic at the Japanese Cultural Centre in Toronto April 26th. Enjoy the pics!