Shetland Sheep: Rich in History, Rich in Textiles

Shetland Sheep: Rich in History, Rich in Textiles! Our farm mission is to enjoy and promote the wonderful diversity of the Shetland breed by fully utilizing to the best of our ability all they have to offer historically. We believe the best preservation and management of this breed includes it's full spectrum of history. We encourage old and new shepherds alike to join in the fun by engaging in fiber arts, especially spinning and knitting, as this breed is so intimately linked with those aspects of the arts.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Snow Day!

Wow! What a day! It started out with a snowman of the warm type....then out to shovel! First, the house door had to be shoved open as a drift had rendered it unusable! Then to look up and see every door of the barn drifted shut....oh boy! This is is one of those doors. The threshold of the door is about 14 inches off the ground, so the drift ended up being up to my waist of tightly packed, super dense snow. Got pretty sweaty shoveling that one out!

Once in the barn, this is what the window looked like looking out! Wow!

Here is another door....that drift was nearly four feet deep and impassable.

All the animals were in the barn for this storm. Wooly Bear and Wilbur are enjoying their cud in their stall. This storm was caused by a fierce low pressure system that gave pressure readings along the lines of a category 2 hurricane. Obviously we don't see that around here very often! I noticed the anxiety in my animals. Wooly Bear started butting the wall with his head for the first time ever (he is a very docile ram), just as the storm began to hit. Today, he did it again a time or two, until he received a surprise splash of water. Back to chewing cud and being happy with my reassuring voice! :)

Wait....that's no sheep! No, that's our pony, Calypso (or Calippy, or Bud, or Buddy Boo....idio, idio, idiosyncracy here?)

They went out in the snow to gallop around and have a good roll.

Then back to the gate, pleading to come back into the barn! Any apples for me? (Yes, Calippy, they are in your grain bin...)
After an afternoon playing in the snow, shoveling, cleaning stalls, moving the chickens to a "warming hut", and tending to water buckets and feeders, it was time to come in for a steamy bowl of homemade chili made with our garden tomatoes and homemade garlic biscuits. Yum!
In the news, even snowplows are getting stuck, and city buses. A sheriff's squad car was smacked by a semi when responding to a different accident, and LED traffic lights were blown over with snow so bad you couldn't see which light was on. LED lights do not burn as warm as normal lights, therefore they don't melt the snow! Power outages are reported all over the place, and cars are in ditches everywhere. We are thankful we haven't had any serious problems.

Next up? Punch number two! Tonight is high winds and rapidly falling frigid temperatures! Oh boy!!!

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