Zayne…

Our almost 1 year old little boy is growing so fast!    Right now he is in the stage of crawling really well and standing by himself for a few odd seconds.  He can walk along anything his height; couches, tables, benches, dogs, etc.  He has found his way a couple of  times, half way up the stairs only to realize where he was and start to fuss cause he doesn’t want to go any higher and can’t go back down.  He so easily lets a smile go to brighten our days and we are constantly amused over his antics.  He is such a blessing.

 

Big Smile :0)

Big Smile :0)

A new variety we're growing this year in the strawberry patch...

A new variety we're growing this year in the strawberry patch...

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A new way to wash dirty little boys! ;0)

A new way to wash dirty little boys! ;0)

Zayne had just had his bath and we were finishing up dishes and when I turned around here he was.  With his wet hair he look as if he had crawled right out!
A real basket case, anytime someone would try to take it off he would just cry and cry!

A real basket case, anytime someone would try to take it off he would just cry and cry!

Pasture perfect…

That doesn’t exactly describe our pasture, but rather where the animals prefer to be… ;0)
Dugur watching...

Dugur watching...

~Bliss~ enjoying the pasture...

~Bliss~ enjoying the pasture...

~Blush~ eatin' it up...

~Blush~ eatin' it up...

~Butterscotch~

~Butterscotch~

Blue Andalusian hen...

Blue Andalusian hen...

~Breve and Bistro~

~Breve and Bistro~

~Bruno~

~Bruno~

Lambs enjoying...

Lambs enjoying...

A brief mountain snow...

A brief mountain snow...

Soon to happen...spring shearing!

Soon to happen...spring shearing!

Spring Pasture…

With Sundays beautiful weather and the pasture grass up and growing well, we decided that after the sheep had a hardy breakfast of hay to let them out onto green luscious grass.  The sheep were almost in disbelief, wondering if it was to good to be true as they ran out on the grass…

Lambs racing off dry lot to...

Lambs racing off dry lot to...

 

...green fields!

...green fields!

Some of the lambs wouldn’t cross where the electronetting once was, afraid they would get shocked.  They would just stand there at the border and call out for their mamma’s.  After a while they finally worked up enough courage to go out on the strange new green stuff!
Working up the courage to go out onto the pasture...

Working up the courage to go out onto the pasture...

Mark watching sheep, after fixing the fence.

Mark watching sheep, after fixing the fence.

One of each color lamb enjoying grass.

One of each color lamb enjoying grass.

Dugur watching the flock...

Dugur watching the flock...

Butterscotch out enjoying the pasture too!

Butterscotch out enjoying the pasture too!

Sheep on pasture...

Sheep on pasture...

...with the mountains in the background.

...with the mountains in the background.

At night they get moved back behind the electronetting to keep them safe from coyotes and other dogs roaming about.  After loosing 5 sheep last year to coyotes or a mountain lion,  it still makes me nervous even to have them out in the pasture behind 7-strand electric fencing that has 7,000 volts running through it.  It didn’t seem to deter the critter too much from a lamb dinner.  Another thing to make me nervous was the spotting of a  Bald Eagle today while out checking sheep, and then a few minutes later a larger bird flew over that must have been a  Golden Eagle!  ~Yikes!~ 
While it’s unlikely an Eagle would kill and fly away with a lamb, as it sounds like they can only fly with about a 5lb load they could still kill a lamb and feast on it there in the pasture.  Hopefully Dugur will be enough of a discouragement to them, even though he is only a puppy and not quite ready to totally defend the flock on his own yet.

How pictures happen…

On Sunday we let the sheep out on pasture, while that is always fun to watch this was a bit more cute!
Brothers sitting in the pasture...

Brothers (my babies) sitting in the pasture...

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~Teigen and Zayne~

Teigen sharing his hat...

Teigen sharing his hat...

Which led to Tori taking Zayne's picture...

Which led to Tori taking Zayne's picture...

...which resulted in this picture!

...which resulted in this picture!

...and this one!  Can you tell he starting to feel a bit better!

...and this one! Can you tell he starting to feel a bit better!

 

This picture was taken a little while later in the day while enjoying the awesome weather (mid 70’s) we’re having…
Teigen in shorts with snow boots!

Teigen in shorts with snow boots!

Potatoes in…

Mark was off early last night and actually beat us home from the doctors office-well I guess for us anyway 6:30 is  early, so he was able to work in the garden and get the potatoes in…

Mark with his helpers!

Mark with his helpers!

Using the tractor Mark put in 4 long trenches in which to plant the potatoes...

Using the tractor Mark put in 5 long trenches in which to plant the potatoes...

He planted Yukon Golds, Russets, and some Norland Reds...

Yukon Golds, Russets, and some Norland Reds…

The pea fence...

The pea fence...

On Thursday Sawyer planted peas and for a trellis he used some cattle panels, now that we don’t need them for lambing jugs anymore.  We’ll see how well that works, they are definitely easier to put in then a long strand of chicken wire that tangles.  They are also a convenient length of 16 ft.  and can be cut easily to smaller sections.  We’ll see what else we can get in tonight!
Poor Zayne is still not feeling real well today...

Poor Zayne is still not feeling real well today...

After visiting the doctor yesterday it was determined that my sweet little man did have a bad ear infection :0(  but he’s hopefully on the mend now…

Friday Farm Daze…

Catching up on this week…

Last nights cotton candy clouds...

Last night's cotton candy clouds...

A Cuckoo Maran hen, who lays beautiful chocolate eggs...one of my fav's!

A Cuckoo Maran hen, who lays beautiful chocolate eggs...one of my fav's!

Bee food...a pretty apple blossom

Bee food...a pretty apple blossom

Us in color...

Us in color...

Big Mountain...

Big Mountain...

More busy bees...

More busy bees...

Smiling lamb...

Smiling lamb...

Todays foggy morning...

Today's foggy morning...

Still waiting…

While we are still waiting for one more ewe to lamb, the rest of lambs keep getting bigger and bigger…
Here's a comparison picture of the biggest and smallest lambs...

Here's a comparison picture of the biggest and smallest lambs...

Bistro vs. Black Licorice

A new picture of Breve

A new picture of BreveI love Bistro's coloring, it will be neat to see what is color is later...

More lambs...

More lambs...

Happy Tails at feeding time!

Happy Tails at feeding time!

Teigen saw this picture and said that he was barfing!

Teigen saw this picture and asked why he was barfing!

Gardening…

Well we haven’t gotten very far on the garden yet as we have been having some serious frosts still but on Mother’s Day the boys planted over 200 onion bulbs and Mark was able to plant the apple and plum trees, along with the gooseberry bushes!

Sawyer planting onions...
Sawyer planting onions…

The boys had a great strategy for planting onions, Sawyer would poke a hole in the ground with an old broom stick handle and wiggle it back and forth just a bit, making it just big enough for the onion bulbs to fall easily to the bottom when Garrett dropped one in.  They would then go back and pack them in. Pretty easy!

Mark putting in fruit trees under a rainy sky...

Mark putting in fruit trees under a rainy sky...

Shoes were optional!

Shoes were optional!

 

Garrett and Mark putting the finishing touches on the tree...

Hayden and Mark putting the finishing touches on the tree...

 

The tree against the sky...

The tree against the sky...

 

The rain just missing us...

The rain just missing us...

 

It was a fairly productive afternoon and we never got rained on, it was actually pretty warm!  We’ll be putting some peas, spinach, asparagus, and rhubarb out today and hopefully we can get our potatoes, radishes and few others out this weekend.

 

The bees seem to have settled in their new home quite nicely and were really active on Sunday too!

Busy bees working away...

Busy bees working away...

Last years bunch of bees was taken over by a group of angry wasps, but what a difference they made in our garden while they were around!  We are definitely looking forward to having honey from our own bees eventually as we go through at least a half gallon of it per month and also having all the perk benefits of bees in our garden!