The Sheep

Sweets ,Millie & Raven!

August 2019

Raven is a big girl now! She’s been staying in the office with me because she arrived with an injury. She needed some rest and now she’s working on moving outside. She’s feeling pretty spunky!

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July 2019
Millie, Sweets and little Raven helping mow the lawn!

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June 2019

The girls are so fun! Both are very active and happily mowing the lawn around the house for us! They were a little sleepy the other morning…

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June 2019

The girls finally got their shearing day last week! They are sporting short wool and all set for summer. We have a little bell on Millie now so Sweets does not lose track of her. Millie is a wonderful guide for Sweets though. Always watching out for her and waiting if she gets behind. Even going back for her if she’s worried or lost.

Sweets is exploring now too. They had a quieter home with Deb so the noises and activity level is different. She’s getting brave and yesterday walked from their little house, out the gate and all the way to the front yard- on her own! She looked so proud of herself. Millie waited by the house. I think she wanted a nap? Once she decided Sweets was staying out for a bite to eat she hustled over to be by her. They are such wondrous creatures!

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Two beautiful sheep who are moved in and stealing our hearts! Their owner loved them so much but due to life circumstances is being forced to downsize her flock. Sweets and Millie are East Fresian sheep with a background that has a cross- thus the black fleeces. Gorgeousness!

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Sweets is six years old and blind. She can see shadows though so does not bump into things. Millie is almost one year old and has a crooked front leg. She is Sweets’ guide through life. They are very devoted to each other. Keep an eye out for more pictures and stories about them as they settle in. Keep a good thought for their owner too ok? She’s very heartbroken.

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Maxwell & Oliver!

August 2019

Maxwell’s a big boy now!


Chico Macaw and Oliver playing on the front porch!

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June 2019

Maxwell has decided he will now be a suri alpaca? I guess whatever works right? Poor Oliver! He’s not sure he wants to grow up yet so Maxwell just leaves him behind. Oliver races around looking for ME so I can walk him back home. He’s so sweet. If he needs me for a while yet that is ok with me. I do hope he starts sleeping through the night soon though!

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February 2019

I’m sure by now you know how much I adore bottle lambs! Since we do not breed our sheep, we adopt orphans from friend’s flocks if they come around. This year during the 50 below weather in FEBRUARY surprise lambs started arriving in Tami’s flock. Her ram apparently jumped the fence, visited the ladies, then jumped back out. Surprise lambs!

Oliver is the white Cotswold lamb and Maxwell the black Cotswold cross lamb. They are fast friends and spent most of the winter in my office. It was too cold to put them outside.

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They are devoted to each other but are such different personalities! Oliver is a bit of a lug. He lumbers and gallops through life, all happy and silly. Sometimes it takes him a little while to figure things out but only because he’s such an agreeable guy. Good thing Maxwell shows him the way when necessary!

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On the other hand, Maxwell is a little jumping bean! He is fast and I swear he could run straight up the wall if he wanted to? He was about half the size of Oliver when he arrived, despite being born within days of each other. There have already been many adventures so keep an eye out for updates!

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Zippy the three legged office cat!

July 2019
It is waaay too hot outside so Zippy says let’s nap!

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2018
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Last fall a tiny kitten got her leg caught somewhere and smooshed it while struggling to get out. Her paw was severely damaged so her leg had to be removed. SO, Zippy became the office kitten! She grew up keeping me company while I worked on the computer and terrorizing the Pyrs.

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Now she is a sassy, grown up cat who still terrorizes the Pyrs! This is her favorite blanket full of ghosties my Mom sent her.

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She loves wool!

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She plys yarn for me!

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And occasionally even catches a mouse! Go Zippy!

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April 2019

We are so lucky! We had two bottle lambs to add to our flock. It was still cold outside so they lived in the house with us. Zippy LOVED those lambs? She’s such a fun cat- the lambs put up with her but were not sure what she was about!


April 2019

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May 2019

Zippy is enjoying warmer days. She thinks I don’t notice her sneaking out the back door when I let the dogs in and out? Cracks me up! She spends a few hours outside playing with her friends. Then dashes in for a bite to eat and a good long nap. If I’m lucky she’ll saunter into the office to ‘help’ me spin yarn.

She also goes outside to check on her lambs. Oliver and Maxwell moved outside to be big sheep about a month ago. She really misses them. I’ve seen her go up in their pasture to check on them. It is so sweet.

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Hooray for naps in one’s favorite woolie bed!


Greer and Catriona!

August 2019

Pretty fleeces from Greer and Catriona!

Catriona’s Blue Faced Leicester cross (Mule sheep)

Catriona’s Blue Faced Leicester cross (Mule sheep)

Greer’s Scottish Black Face wool- all washed up!

Greer’s Scottish Black Face wool- all washed up!


2018
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It’s so amazingly fun to be a retirement farm for sheep! The animals here just take my breath away every day.

Our latest retirees are from our friends Graham & Margaret’s flock. You can read more about their place here- they have an awesome bed and breakfast with pastures full of sheeps!)

Greer is a Scottish Blackface and Catriona is a Mule sheep (Bluefaced Leicester cross). Both are hardy sheep and have been a blessing for our flock in many ways. Beautiful fleeces AND they are very active. Making use of the entire pasture gets our sheep out and about much more. Follow the leader! ha! I’ll post more info soon! Meanwhile here they are-

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November 2018

Our girls are fitting into the flock quite well. They are very independent and have been a great influence on our flock. Wandering through the days waaaay out in the big pasture, napping in the sun on the hillside and checking in at bed time to sleep outside instead of in the barn. For now anyway.

Scottish Blackface Sheep wool is used almost exclusively for Harris Tweed products. You can read more about them here…

They have quite a versatile fleece that is coarse but features scrumptious long curls. Personally I love to add SBF wool to softer wool for very sturdy socks and mittens. It is similar to adding Flax to wool. It is very low lanolin content so quite easy to wash. The locks are perfect for Santa Beards and doll hair. They also felt easily and soak up dye like a sponge.

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February 2019

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Our Puppy family!

September 2019

Teagan!

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August 2019

Milo and Teagan love a good nap!

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Teagan had her summer haircut a few weeks ago! She has some skin issues so we do keep her trimmed up short. It’s more comfy for her in the summer too. Too humid out there!

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We certainly love animals and what household or farm would be complete with out a few dogs? Ha! We have several Great Pyrenees and a Border Collie. None are working dogs in the usual sense but they do have their jobs- besides entertaining us! 

Noodle is our 12 year old Border Collie. She is as busy as can be but was born deaf. We taught her sign language. She does do a little herding with me but only to move the suris out of the back yard when they are done mowing. She keeps a good eye on Jim. He is HER person!

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Teagan is a Great Pyrenees. She was a stray some years back and ended up at the shelter Mom walks dogs for. Teagan is wonderful, loves to watch the world from her favorite spot on the back porch during the day then sleep inside at night. She loves me best. Specially when there are noisy storms. I think she is so afraid of them because she was a stray for a while? There could not be a better dog! 

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Milo is a Great Pyrenees we went to Southern Illinois to pick up. He was not in a very good situation. He is definitely Jim's dog. Sometimes he needs to be reminded it's ok for us all to live together though. Stinker! He has a funky jaw so his tongue hangs out most of the time. Too cute for his own good right? He spends his time with Teagan watching the world go by from his favorite place in the little pasture. Then he sleeps inside. He is very sweet and I adore him!

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And last but certainly not least is Fletcher aka Puppy. He has quite a story! He lived his first months on the streets with his homeless owner. The fellow decided he could not care for the puppy properly so brought him to the shelter Mom volunteers for. Of course who could say no specially me. Hi name was Jim but since my husband's name is Jim that would not work. We kept calling him Puppy then named him Fletcher. SO, he answers to Puppy or Fletcher. Kind of like having a middle name. He loves me best and spends his days anywhere I am. Love it! 

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November 2018

Even though our Pyrs spend the night sleeping inside, they are very adamant the bad guys (coyotes and dogs traveling with them) stay on their own side of the fence. They bark and bark, which is what Pyrs do! They love being outside, specially if there is snow to roll and play in. I hope we get snow this winter. We’ve been getting ice instead for about 10 winters now. Took a few spills myself that gave me a few concussions. I do not need repeat! AND I don’t want any of the critters- or Jim- to break bones on the ice either. Here is Milo rolling in snow a few winters ago: (snow angels!)

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April 2019

We had a chance to adopt two bottle lambs this winter. It was too cold so they lived inside with us for a bit. Our Pyr Milo is so so attached to them. He watches over the lambs outside and they follow him everywhere he goes. (Thinking the lambs could have some identity issues?!)

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Our Suri Alpacas!

August 2019

Howdy do? Spice says hello!

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2018

A few months back life changes forced a friend to reduce her flock of alpacas. I am still so sad for her. I am also happy though- because I am selfish. We've never had Suri Alpacas. They are so sweet! Much smaller than our llamas! They are quiet and love attention. Brooke's friend Teagon even lets me hug her! (well, she will occasionally come over to be scratched- and put her head on my shoulder!)

Brooke is a gorgeous color of dark fawn. It has a reddish tone to it and the locks are from 4 to 10 inches long, depending on which part of the fleece they are from. It is silky soft and so so pretty! Just like Brooke! (She is standing closest to me/fence in this photo)

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The suri girls are so sweet! They are very interested in what is going on all about the farm. We are getting the sheep ready for winter right now. The gals and their little group of senior citizen sheep are sharing the old dairy barn with the big group of sheep. We got their part of the barn ready and bribed them with their dinner grain to follow us over. Everyone went except two sheep- Trillium and Theo. Stinkers! One suri also stayed back with the two sheep. Spice.

She’s the alert suri. Specially in the middle of the night? I’ve trooped out to see what is going on only to find our Big Kitty tom cat snoozing in the old Maple tree, just out of her reach. Such taunting right? The suris are not too keen on cats. They do chase them out of their pasture. Yikes!

Spice would NOT leave the little pasture until all of her sheep were out. Then she quietly led them to the other gate and walked the sheep in. Good girl! She’s very attached to her sheep. Theo and Trillium were the wayward sheep. This is a picture of Trilli, you can read about her here… And Theo here…

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Waffles!

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July 2018
Well, this year found me 'strategically' purchasing another lamb. Twist   my    arm! This is Waffles, a silly little sheep- a very cute one! 

Waffles is a Cotswold sheep we purchased from the same flock Coco Bean and Pirate came from.  He is a delightful, very very curly fleeced little fellow. Spring shearing will give us another beautiful fleece. He is a little bit shy but that won't last long. He's too curious!

Cotswold sheep are on the list of threatened USA sheep breeds. Read more-

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8/2018

Waffles and our little Trillium sheep have become good friends! Trillium is a Jacob sheep with 3 legs. The fourth is deformed and not useful to her. They are so cute together! (please note that in this photo Trilli was walking away, she doesn't stand like this!)
Read more about Trillium...

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August 2018

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November 2018

Waffles is growing up! He is so sweet and wants to see what we are up to any time we are outside. He’s taken to following Speedy around now. You can read about Speedy here…

We moved the little special needs/senior citizen group to their winter barn. They share the old dairy barn with the big group of sheep. Now I have a great chance to catch Waffles for a little bit of a trim of those adorable bangs. Was thinking of braiding it? We’ll see what he thinks!

He will spend the winter in the little group so he can grow and eat grain. Cotswolds are a slow growing sheep. They are not done growing til they are around 2 years old. He can join the big flock after shearing day in the spring.

Here is Waffles and his buddy Speedy!

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February 2019

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Our Romedale/CVM sheep!

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Fall 2017 found a gal in need of a place for 7 of her Romedale/CVM sheep girls to retire. It was a difficult decision for her. We are very happy to have them here, we have never had this breed of sheep! They are beautiful! 

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They've had a few months to settle in and get to know us, and us them. They are always ready for grain so that is a great start! They have moved in with the big group of sheep now that we know we can catch them. They are quite tame but we have to be sure. It's hard to move when a sheep's lived in the same place with the same person all its life. Sheep are not great with change, I think that is why we get along so well? HA! 

I'm looking forward to working with their wool this spring. It is soft and gorgeous, feels a little bouncy too? For now you can read more about them here...

We'll be adding more information about them soon! 


1/18:  The girls are gorgeous, adorable (of course!) and getting used to us. Here is a photo of Comfort. She is the lamb who rode along to our place. She will be one year old soon. Time goes so quickly past.  

Comfort, complete with a photo bomb by Mayhem!

Comfort, complete with a photo bomb by Mayhem!

I asked Kim to put names to this picture of her CVM girls. Now I can finish memorizing faces and names! They are all such special peanuts! 

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I'll be giving each of the girls their own page soon. Keep an eye out! Several of their fleeces are for sale- don't miss them. I'm having trouble sharing!!! Fleeces available here...


August 2018

I haven't had a chance to spin any of the girls fleeces but thought I would post a few photos. Sorting it out was fun, such soft and pretty wool- soft as Merino with a little bounce to it. 

DELLA

DELLA

COMFORT (baby fleece)

COMFORT (baby fleece)

JESSIE

JESSIE

SPICE

SPICE


10-2018 Comfort’s two ply yarn- a fun adventure for me, I’ve never seen or spun from a CVM fleece until the girls joined our flock. The yarn is Merino soft with a bit of bounce- great sock yarn or any other project!

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February 2019
Berti!

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Angus

Angus is an adorable Shetland sheep we adopted from a friend who had to sell her flock. He joined us along with his Shetland friends Charlie, Ilse, Rose and Gilbert the California Red sheep. They are a happy little family. Gilbert and Charlie are trying to teach the others that treats are a good thing. So far they are not convinced! 

Angus is a beautiful silver color with black markings. He is almost 2 years old now and we are looking forward to a beautiful fleece next week!!! He is very close in markings and such with our Claire sheep. I also think Claire might have a little crush on Angus? (Angus is left picture, Claire right)

He is a sweet fellow and so far happy happy! 

Read more about Shetland sheep here


2017 update !
Angus is a little sad right now. We had to put his Claire sheep to sleep earlier this summer. She lost too many teeth, because of that could not keep weight on properly. We miss her like crazy. He still keeps close to his Shetland family though. They've been helping cheer him up. He hangs around the most with Rose now. He's feeling better lately, did you know sheep grieve just like people do? 

Found another picture of Angus from last winter- love his face markings!! Sweet sheep!

Found another picture of Angus from last winter- love his face markings!! Sweet sheep!

Shetland sheep are listed as 'recovering status' at the Livestock Conservancy. Read more...


2018

We are having quite a humid, hot and rainy summer- the weather in this country has been crazy for everyone.. It is hard on the sheep because they stay where they are cool and don't get as much exercise. Lucky for Angus he is a fit and trim fellow! He's one of the first sheep out of the barn at dawn and at dusk to roam the pastures. Lots of nice green grass out there! He's also one of the first to start up Shetland shenanigans. Tag, hide and seek then jumping in and out of their 'secret' barn window! (They are just so sly!)


Chaquita!

August 2019

Beautiful fiber available from our pretty girl!

Ooh la la Chaquita Llama!

Ooh la la Chaquita Llama!


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Chaquita is a funny llama, she arrived to retire here from a good friend of ours. She was always busy spitting at them and generally being an ingrate. She came here and we gave her a job watching over some sheep. Since then, she has been much more polite, but if you hear her working on something- DUCK! she has some deadly aim! 

Chaquita lives with our little herd of llamas now. She used to watch over our small group of special needs sheep. However, her best friend (boy friend?) Max convinced her to jump the fence to live with the llamas? Stinkers. She's been happy there ever since. Never far from Max and sassy as ever. 

Chaquita's fleece is soft and pretty. White with some brown spots here and there. I love the little spot on her face. She is older now and her hair does not grow back as fast so we shear her every other year. She still gets her shots, toenails trimmed and a good looking over when we shear the others though. She has such cute banana ears don't you think? I love her sassy attitude too...


2018 updates:

Ms. Chaquita has decided she likes to be a llama, free to be a llama? She used to watch a few goats we had in the past. She loved them. She tried to put them to bed every night. She thought they should sleep in the cabin. Unfortunately, there are two doors on the cabin. The people door in front and a goatie door on the side. 

She rounded them up at sunlight. Herded them into the front door. She stood in the door to keep them in. Then the goats would zip out of the other door and run around behind her. She really got ticked after about 10 times around! After a while they would do what she wanted them to- but on their terms. Only after dark! 

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