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It’s been so long since I wrote a blog post! If you are subscribed to my blog, you are probably getting this and saying “who?”

It has been a year of more computer duties than usual with not much time for sitting down and musing in my blog. Not much time for sitting down at all, come to think of it. Forget musing.

With the start of 2016 lambs comes the inspiration to revive the blog.

Patchwork Marabelle took a look at the calendar and said “it’s time!” Patchwork Rolex (because he was right on time)  was born just before midnight on 3/7. He’s a handsome two horned boy sired by Kenleigh’s Casanova.

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Just after midnight on 3/8, Patchwork Tempo delivered a flashy ram lamb. Last year this same cross produced a lilac ram that was barely 15% color. It pays to try again.  Patchwork Joker because genetics has a sense of humor.
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The afternoon of 3/8, Patchwork Praline found a sunny spot and delivered the first ewe of the season and Chester’s Banjo’s first lamb. Brio is full of vitality!
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Wednesday was a day off for the ewes.

Thursday noon, Patchwork Jazz walked down the hill and delivered the first set of twins of 2016. Banjo is doing a good job. Patchwork Ella (in front) and her brother, Patchwork Domino. Ella and Domino and Jazz.
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Lambs are so much fun!!

 

 

 

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The Issue of Horns (or a horny issue)

Because I haven’t blogged in forever and because someone asked me about ewe lamb laterals, I decided to answer via my blog. If you don’t care about laterals, you can stop at the sunflower.
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Everyone that raises 4 horned Jacob Sheep knows how hard those ewe lambs can be on their laterals. And we all know the nail biting time while we wait to see if those laterals are going to really be horns. Or will they be scurs?

While my favorite ewe lambs show up with strong horns from the beginning like Sashay
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some ewe lambs take a little longer to develop strong laterals. You can generally feel the horn core beneath the surface, but you can’t always see it. Lisha’s horns at 3 months certainly don’t look very promising.

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I was glad when she broke them. The blood is actually a good sign. It shows that she has a true horn core.

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Just over a week later, she shows a strong horn beginning to grow. Although it’s abit hard to see in the picture, the “nub” is very firm and just under an inch in diameter.

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Don’t despair too quickly on those slow developing ewe lambs. If you can feel a core, patience will likely pay off!

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April Showers….

Bring …
Mushrooms..

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and mud…

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and mud creatures..

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(I have to confess that I did move the salamander a few feet to pose him under the four leafed clover. The old fashioned way of setting up pictures, before Photoshop)

and mothers..

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In preparation for next week’s shearing, I discovered that Momma Wren had chosen to build a nest in a basket of fleece sitting on my work table.

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A cardboard box on top of the basket gave her a narrow entrance into her cave. I moved the box to get a picture of the eggs. It has been replaced. Wrens are pretty tolerant of humans if you don’t get too close. I’ll be using a different table in the fleece room for a while!  It’s good luck to have a wren nest in your house.

A four leafed clover and nest of wren eggs! What a great year!
And … maybe, with some luck … there will be May flowers.

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The Thing About Blogging…

is that when I find I have time to blog it’s because nothing is going on. When I do have something going on, I don’t have time to blog.

Lambing started here on March 2 with twin rams from Sweetgrass Gavotte and Kenleigh’s Casanova

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Ten days later, the lamb count is up to ten lambs from six ewes with six more ewes left to lamb.

Lambs are posted on our website LAMB PAGE as they are born.

Soon there will be time and news all at once and I’ll be back with a chatty blog post.

But for now…

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I’m outside watching the lambs play.

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Snow Day

A snow day in Georgia is about as rare as….a blog post from Patchwork Farm!

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Tempo has plenty of fresh water, but she prefers snow

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Loretta, a Wisconsin native, wonders about all the fuss over a little bit of snow

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The rams just want to eat

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And Dorothy prefers a day by the fire

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As novel as a snow day is, I’m ready for spring..
and new lambs!

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Sharing, because…

I’ve always enjoyed Robin Lynde’s posts from Meridian Jacobs. Her current series of Close To Home blog posts is such a fascinating look at the journeys from farms to gallery.
Sharing, because.. I love the stories of the farms, the farmers, the sheep, the artists and I think you will too.
http://meridianjacobs.wordpress.com/

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Sightseeing From the Front Deck

One of the things that is included in the “Welcome to Medicare” visit to the doctor is depression screening.  This consists of answering an assortment of questions, one of which is — “Do you take time for vacations?” I had to answer honestly and say that I seldom travel, but that our life is full of “vacation  time”.
My front deck is my favorite vacation spot.
Cold drinks, good food, good company, and lots of sights to see..

This lady praying mantis stopped for a bit on her way to lay eggs.

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This handsome southern toad lives under our bbq

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This racer actually caught the mouse on the top of the bank and come tumbling down the bank with the mouse. He/She moved slowly back up the bank carrying his dinner.

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I don’t know what kind of moth this is, but I love the delicate colors.

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A pretty milk snake. These are my favorite snakes.

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A crowned slug caterpillar.

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A rainbow

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My favorite vacation spot is home 🙂

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