Vivian and Chocolat

Vivian and Chocolat

One night was all it took to convince us that bringing another orphan lamb into the house would not be the wisest of moves. At first, little Miss Chocolat was very cooperative. She drank the colostrum from her bottle with

More Icelandic Surprises

More Icelandic Surprises

Our new adorable Icelandics are really giving us a run for our money! Every time we think we have figured them out, they are still full of surprises. Monday afternoon, it was Dulce, our caramel ewe. After our afternoon chores,

Sahara, Sedona, and the Ducks

Sahara, Sedona, and the Ducks

For several days after shearing, all was quite peaceful in the barnyard. The freshly shorn sheep soon returned to their normal routine, and we were back to our usual chores which, thanks to Coco, now included milking, pasteurizing, and making

Shearing and a Few Surprises

Shearing and a Few Surprises

Thinking that it would still be quite cool after our brutally cold winter, we scheduled our shearing for May 8th. What were we thinking? Our shearer, who incidentally has sheared Welsh Mountain Sheep in Snowdonia, North Wales, arrived in the

Barn Cleaning and the Refugee Camp

Barn Cleaning and the Refugee Camp

The day we had been dreading had finally arrived. Barn cleaning was upon us! All the winter hay that has been accumulating on the barn floor since November had to be cleaned out. Amazingly, the level of our barn floor

More Spring Arrivals

More Spring Arrivals

Just before our afternoon trip to the barn on Tuesday, we noticed that Coco was not with the other three goats. That should have been the tip off right there, but we had had so many false alarms in the

Spring Arrivals

Spring Arrivals

Happy St. George’s Day to our readers in England. I am writing this on April 23rd, and it is snowing in the mountains of Pennsylvania yet again! The pastures are finally being transformed from their dull winter brown to the

Springtime in the Barnyard

Springtime in the Barnyard

I know I have said this before, but I LOVE the sheep in the early morning dawn. This morning was no exception. I was a little early arriving at the barn because we were expecting 60 new little baby chicks.

Lessons Learned

Lessons Learned

Daria’s mother is still on the farm. We decided to give her a second chance. The issue would be if she had twins. A single, hopefully, would not be a problem. After all, she had managed to nurse Daria’s brother

Gretchen and Heidi

Gretchen and Heidi

First, it is Easter Sunday, and it has been snowing all day.  Second, I am sitting in my kitchen watching a vignette play out in black and white.  From my kitchen window, I have a perfect view of the barnyard.