Saturday, June 28, 2014

Slow







Small hands have been picking flowers. Every flower available is carefully picked clean of its stem and placed in a bucket for arranging later in a jar. The odd stem remains on which is handy for the flower arrangements.

Larger hands have been making gnome finger puppets and drinking rose tea - one of my favourite things about June is picking a big handful of petals and making rose tea...mmmm...

Life as a parent is this weird split reality where I have plenty of time on my hands while I am with my son, and while I am away from him I am working non-stop to try and get as much done as possible. So while I feel so busy and overwhelmed with all the stuff I am trying to get done while working, there are these really quiet, slow and often boring times where it takes about half an hour to get the post because Every Single Daisy on the driveway needs to be decapitated picked. I still don't quite know how to handle this split, but at the moment I am enjoying the slower times with the wee man. 

Monday, June 9, 2014

Doubling the flock




Our stock has doubled in number from 5 to 10. (I'm including the sheep and goats together there.) It has been a big learning experience and we have a better picture now of what work is involved in lambing and kidding, which is quite a lot! 

We have tried to learn from this year for subsequent years. In the future it would be great to have better ways of corralling the sheep. We have one very nervous sheep and it would be great to have a run to catch them in so that they can be housed easily without too much handling or stress. We will use pallets to make separate lambing pens in the barn.

The goat on the other hand thinks she is a human, and is totally easy to handle. I'm looking forward to increasing the goat herd and in the future having goats to send to Bothar

For now, we have plenty of new animals and are glad to be out the other side of lambing.