Friday, February 13, 2015

The Buzz in the Barn

Saturday @ the Montessori School -1618 Tower Grove Ave;
Pick up some Grass Fed Lamb, Duck Eggs, Chipotle Tomatillo Salsa & Watermelon Blood Orange Marmalade.

In October, we attended Bill's Uncle's funeral in Arkansas, A cousin mentioned that his Pyrenees female was due in a few weeks. This was well before we knew that Rosa was sick so we made a really good deal on this Pyrenees female pup we named Bumblebee...a bag of dog food. This was also before we picked up Paris in Mexico. So we have been playing a serious game of musical dogs.

                                                                          Part of the deal with training a new dog for a guardian is that it has to be left with the sheep 24/7. This can be scary for the dog and a little heartbreaking for the She's so cute, how can we not play with her? There are several reasons, the dog needs to bond with the sheep which is kinda hard as the sheep will knock her about for a bit to teach her to leave the lambs alone, not to pull on their tails or ears. If you're lucky, you will have another dog to teach that part but Rosa is doing very little right now and not feeling like dealing with a youngster. This is what it looked like for awhile.    
                                                                                     I would go out to the barn every 20 minutes or so to make sure they weren't being to rough on her and would only leave her alone with 2 or 3 at a time. At night, we would put her in a large wire crate so she could see and be with them but protected. After about a week, this is more like what's going on. 
                                           Another thing is keeping she and Paris from bonding with each other instead of the sheep. Paris has part of the flock and Bumblebee is flitting from sheep to sheep trying to find someone to play with. Rosa is dividing herself between the two groups during the day and                                           

                                                                                                                                            Many times we find them both sitting on each side of a gate because they can see each other with sheep all around the both of them and that's okay too.

Before last market, I checked on the flock to find a new set of female twins. This is what they looked like when Courtney and I returned. The girls are hardly ever colored. Usually the boys are the pretty ones. These two are both keepers. The black is Nigella and the spotted one is Chrysanthemum. We have been waiting for Angelica to lamb all week, Buttercup and Belladonna are next in line too. But earlier this week, Sorrel presented us with another ewe lamb. It seems to be the year of the female. That makes 5 outta 5 since November.
And so we will see you tomorrow at the Montessori school. Don't forget to get your Valentines stuff at the Market or from a market based business such as Kakao Chocolate or Whisk Bakery and I'm sure Traveling Tea might have something for a tea LOVER in your life.
God's Blessings on you and yours.
Sam and Bill

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