Ewe Working?

This past weekend we had the pleasure of working the ewes, checking body condition, udders, and giving them their CD&T vaccination.  We like to vaccinate the ewes a few weeks before they start lambing so their lambs will have some passive, temporary immunity when they drink their mother’s colostrum.  This temporary immunity lasts for about 6 weeks, giving the lambs a good start.

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Mark luring the ewes in with a bit of grain…P1140010

A handsome helper…

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Giving shots…

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Working hard…

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Frank dog…

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Next…

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Did I mention the mud?

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Sapphire all finished.

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Little lambs sunning themselves…

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 Astrid giving chicken rides…

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My wonderful crew…

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Us, a bit mud-spattered!

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Walk Down the Dirt Road…

The muddy, dirt road filled with puddles and the naked aspen trees are awaiting springs warmth…

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Wade through the puddles…IMG_8936

View the beautiful mountains…

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Enjoy the setting sun…

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Down the road farther…

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Mountains surround…

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Back home…

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The puddles are starting to freeze up…

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The setting sun between the aspens…

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The flooded pasture…

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From above…

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The view towards home…

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Content creatures…

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Back home in time to enjoy the grand finale…

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Blessed joy…

 

 

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Just Keeps Snowing…

 

We had a blizzard warning for this past weekend, mixed with high winds and dangerously low wind chills.  -20 to -30 below zero, brrrrr! 

My wonderful husband was the one to venture out and do chores and keep our road from drifting shut and the neighbors plowed our this weekend.  He had came inside to warm up for a minute and decided he needed a kiss.  Umm, no thanks honey, I’ll wait until you thaw out!

He also spotted this hawk hunkered down in the storm.  At first we weren’t sure what type of a bird it was…

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Only 17 more days until Spring, right?!

I can’t wait for warmer days and to enjoy Montana’s wild flowers again…

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Double Date…

This past Saturday we had a double date with my parents…

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My mother is the primary care-giver, support person, and everything else to her sister, who is going through the final stages of terminal brain cancer.  My mom is the most caring person I know and would do anything to help anyone.  She works a more than full-time job at a busy health clinic and then spends her evenings and early mornings with her sister in the hospital.  She’s starting to run low, so we kidnapped her for the afternoon and evening and went to her favorite spot, took some pictures, froze to death and waited for the sun to set…

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There wasn’t much color that night but we had fun.  Afterwards, we met my brother who happened to be in town for supper.  I think we all had a great time and it was wonderful to see my mom laugh and smile again.

 

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Beautiful Day with the Boys…

After the fog cleared early last Monday, we were graced with a virtually cloud-free, blue sky day.  I knew I needed to head to Glacier, even if it was just for a few hours…

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That afternoon was virtually windless making Lake McDonald very glass like!  Actually, I don’t remember ever seeing it as smooth as it was that day.P1120188

Two of the boys also decided to tag along…

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Falling…

Everyone seems to be enjoying the snowy weather we’ve had.

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The sheep and dogs seem to do better in the cold than in the heat, which especially make sense with our Icelandic sheep.

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Tori walking back to the house from feeding and watering her horse.

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Kletta, Tori’s Icelandic Sheepdog really enjoys the snow.

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Hazel.

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Part of the flock…

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Despite having a nice warm, straw lined barn to snuggle in, Dugur prefers to hang out with the sheep.

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Snow kisses anyone?

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Audrad and Aubrey bedded down in the snow…

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Gunnar, our other Icelandic Sheepdog hanging out in the snow…

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White on white…

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Breakfast!

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Same thing with Thor, he found out in the pasture rather than in the straw filled sheds he shares with the rams.

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Whatcha looking for Kletta?

Whatcha looking for Kletta?

We are suppose to be getting more snow later on this week!  We shall see.

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