Sunday, August 17, 2014

Hornet Nests in My Trees

This maple tree is in my front yard.
I can not even count how many times I have walked under the tree this summer.

I mowed the grass around it.  I have a small bird feeder in there that I fill. My cats sit under the tree for shade.  I just trimmed a bunch of branches out on the lower level.  Its a popular tree in the yard.  The other day my parents and aunt and uncle stopped over.  
Within a half hour of being there, my uncle pointed to that same maple tree and said, "Hey, did you see that huge wasp nest in your tree?"
"Really? Where?" was my response.  I was shocked to see a huge nest hanging in one of the lower branches. How I missed it is beyond me but it definitely was active and HUGE.   Later that evening I called my neighbor over to show him the nest.  As he was walking up toward the tree he pointed and said, "Wow that is a huge nest!"  He was not pointing to the nest I was going to show him.....what the heck?!?!? Another one?!?! 

I have provided a diagram of the nests.  One became two and then as my neighbor and I were talking, I noticed another one!!! THREE!!!!

Those hornets are slick.  The nest are hard to spot in the leaves.  Last year I had one in the same tree.  It was really high in the tree and I could not get to it.  Thank goodness the winter was brutal and the winds knocked the sucker down.

This nest I sprayed the crap out of last night.   This morning, I cut it down and burned it. I know some people actually buy these nests.  I just want them gone.  Tomorrow night I will get the next one.  
Any suggestions on why the hornets are attracted to this particular tree or is it just a freak thing?
I just can't believe I never noticed these and then saw 3 of them!  Yuck!

Monday, August 11, 2014

Question on Shetland Ram Lamb Markings

Pictured below is one of the eleven ram lambs born this past spring.  He is my pick ram lamb and will be staying here for future breedings. His tail is not "perfect" according to the Shetland standards but in my opinion he has more positive characteristics that override the tail for me.

His personality thus far is awesome! I know you are not suppose to be "friendly" with the ram lambs but he is making it hard to resist him;).  His mom is Ag and his sire, aka Milton,  is  black, single coated, and more on the fine fleece spectrum.  I like wool that is longer in staple so I am pleased with the wool he has.

However, I do admit that I am not good at pin pointing Shetland colors and markings. So since I will be registering some of the lambs in the next few weeks, any insights are greatly appreciated!!
I was thinking a fawn, spotted gulmoget? Are the eye markings yuglet? HST ?
Thanks for reading and any suggestions!!!!!!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Ewes with Attitude

So, this spring 19 lambs were born.  Only 6 were ewes, the rest ram lambs....ugh.
This was the largest amount of lambs I have ever had born on the farm. 
 They are driving me crazy....little escape artists.....playing catch-me-if-you-can.....whatever.
Wooly little stinkers.

Pictured above is Pawlett.  Okay, I admit, she is a favorite.  Her mother Betsy is the matriarch on the farm and the most stubborn sheep I have......stomps her foot at me whenever I get in "her way" and personal contact is beneath is the world according to Betsy.  Final answer.
Pawlett, however, has always been friendly, loving skin scratches, coming up for hugs and grain.
I was so thankful she was not like her mother.
Then she became a mom for the first time.
  I have become a mire after thought.
The only thing that matters are those twin ewe lambs.
Pawlett is 99% zoned into those girls ( 1% is devoted to her grain time ).
She will not go anywhere if she can not see those girls and she will not shut up if she is calling for them and they are ignoring her. They are inseparable. 

Daughter #1

Daughter #2
Spoiled rotten wooly lambs.  They are lucky they are so awesome.
At this point selling them is not an option according to Pawlett.
I think stomping her foot at me is not the only thing she would do to me if I sold them.
 Ewes with attitude......I don't think the farm is big enough for all of us;)

Thursday, July 10, 2014

A Romney/Shetland Lamb for Sale

Ain't he cute?

He is a Romney/Shetland cross.
His wool is absolutely beautiful.....he wasn't that cute when I was trying to get a picture of his wool; hence no fleece photo.  But he is still cute....lucky him;)
And he and his brother are for sale!!!!
Please leave a comment or email me if you are interested......they would be a great addition to a fiber flock!!

PS......I will try to get that wool photo too;)

Thursday, July 3, 2014

My Table Top Dancing Goat

This is Nelly.
A yearling LaMancha who was a bottle baby.  She lived in my house for the first 8 weeks of her life.
She even went to school with me so she could be bottle fed every couple of hours when she was first born.
Nelly is also a mom because she knows how to jump every fence on my property and she jumped right in with the 3 adult bucks.  Her daughter was a bottle baby this past spring because Nelly had no intentions of being a mom.....grain, fence jumping, and tree leaves are Nelly's only concerns in life.
To sum it up.....Nelly's goal in life is to drive me crazy.......and she does it on a daily basis.

Nelly using perfect posture to reach the willow leaves.

Nelly almost loosing her balance trying to get the willow leaves.

Nelly beating up the willow tree because she is pissed off because she is not getting the leaves she wants.

Nelly moving to the old picnic table to get a better advantage on willow leaves.

Nelly's perfect standing posture even as she stands on the table.
I know, I should give her props on being smart enough to use the table to achieve her goal.
However, her creative and smarts is beyond words.
Nothing she does surprises me any more and believe me, she has pulled some good ones on me.

Nelly in action......what a total goof.

And Nelly doing table top dancing........
Ain't she somethin"?

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Happy 40th Birthday to My Little Sister!!!

Dear Sister Jen,
Where has time gone?  Wasn't it just yesterday that you were this little rolly polly little baby that I waited 7 years for?  I was so excited when I heard I was going to get a sister!!!

Now I will be honest that I use to count presents to make sure there was equal distribution of Christmas gifts when you were little and now that we both are in our 40's  I still count to make sure we get equal amounts of presents.......but seriously, mom better not stop giving us Christmas stockings!

And when you were little you use to want to always help me with everything and I was patient and loved to play with you until you figured out how to open my bedroom door and then the lock had to go on cuz you were NOT cutting my Barbie dolls hair and putting Vaseline on my teddy bears!

And then there was the teenage years and we just were not on the same page.....there is just not enough space to discuss the clothes you secretly stole from me, the hair issues you had and I could not get into the bathroom, and then the trip to Walt Disney World and Ron Jon's Surf Shop.....but we survived and we can laugh about it now.

You were right by my side the day I got married........and you were right by my side when I got divorced.....couldn't find a picture for that one for some!

You fell in love with those darn Newfies like I did and nothing made me happier when I was able to give you your first love......Thunder.  This has always been one of my most favorite pictures of you by the way;)

And I had to laugh when you got your first brown Newfie because I told you "they" were a tad left of center than the other Newfies! 
I bought you those pink coveralls and coat to keep you warm (and cuz I am still a better dresser than you;) because I, as your older sister will always watch out for you.
Time has gone so fast and to think my little sister is turning 40 is hard to believe.
I want you to know how proud I am of you.
That I will always be there for you regardless if you are in a crabby mood.
I will continue to do the little things that irritate you because that's what a good sister does;)
Your daddy's little girl and that's ok .....keep sucking up cuz I am mom's right hand B.

So on this very special July 2nd birthday when you turn the big 40.......

Your big sis....Kristi

Monday, June 23, 2014

Mini-Mancha Goats for Sale!!!!

Mini- manchas are a cross between a Nigerian Dwarf goat and a Lamancha goat.
Many say that Nigerian part increases the butter content in the milk and the LaMancha adds the volume.
I personally love the cross! The personalities of the 2 create a wonderful goat!

These month & half old twin does pictured above are out of a mini Mancha doe.
They are delightful.....full of energy.....and friendly!

Check out that little heart on the side of the one girl!
How cute is that?!?!
The doe with the little heart has LaMancha ears and the other doe has more Nigerian ears.
These girls are available for sale at $100 for each.  A discount will be given if they are purchased together!

These mini manchas are almost 5 months old. The one standing is a buck and the one sitting is a doe. Their mom is a purebred Nigerian Dwarf.  The doe has beautiful markings and has a lot of Nigerian features. The buck is super flashy and would make a great pasture mate. The doe is being offered at $100 & the buck $55. He has not been wethered.  

Please leave a comment or email me if your interested in any of these beautiful goats!

Winter at Harvest Thmye