Friday, September 25, 2009

A Little Autumn Cheer for You Too!

It doesn't matter what the season is, of course its better if its Fall, but regardless.........

I do really love garden flags! Especially my favorite Autumn flag:)

And I really do love my chicken coop and the chickens, even if someone in the coop is an egg hater! So, today when I was shopping at my favorite store, I found this really cute garden flag that had 2 of my favorite things on them........autumn and a chicken!

Too fun I thought so I bought 2 of them! One for me and one for a blogger friend.
I thought I would share one with someone who stops by and reads about the on-goings at Harvest Thyme whether its good, bad, silly, or whatever. So, if you are interested and think this flag would look cute at your house/farm, just drop me a comment and on Sunday I will draw a name and whoever gets picked I will send you the flag:)
I just thought this might be fun to do and bring a little autumn cheer to someone's home!


Thursday, September 24, 2009

Trying to Give Everyone Equal Blog Time

As a blogger I sometimes get zoned into certain subject matter. For example, Autumn is my favorite time of year so I tend to post lots of pics about my Fall decorations, the garden, the scarecrows etc..........


........and of course there are the sheep. I have been zoning in on the abundance of ram lambs that were born this year because everywhere I look I see little boys with growing....well, you know what I mean. BUT there were 6 ewe lambs born this year so I thought I would post one of the prettiest girls born.

This ewe lamb is out of Windswept Savannah Grace, an exquiste honey mioget ewe. Miss Ewe Lamb is working on her pesonality qualities.......I tell her she is a tad "uppity" as she always turns her cheek to me when I want a picture. She inherited her mom's beautiful facial features. Her sire is Harvest Thyme Jammer. She was much darker when she was born and her color is lightening up. Would one call her a moorit or a mioget?

She is twin to the mioget ram lamb Kara at Mapleton Farm bought. She is more double-coated with a softer, wavier fleece, but there is nice crimp to it. This pic was taken about mid-side. She really hit a growth spurt this past month and is filling out nicely:)

I so neglect the miniature horses in posts and since Miss Speedy is Queen B in the barn she felt the need to be recognized. She needs a bath before the cooler weather really sets.
When I first got the mini's I was not sure if they would work out with the sheep and goats but it all has worked out well; of course there is the occassional push and shoving at feed time but other than that, everyone gets along.
Now I need to get a much neglected goat post going because there are breeding plans in the air for them coming up!


Monday, September 21, 2009

A "Smooth" Autumn Start

This is not the view from my kitchen window, but from the chicken coop!
Yes, I thought the girls needed a little Halloween spirit amongst their silly cackling selves.

Its okay, I know I need help, but Autumn is my favorite season and everyone should join in the fun, even if its a bunch of chickens........it is a nice view the big barn, don't you agree?

As you know I have an abundance of ram lambs and since I am a wimp about sending them off to market (I do not eat lamb, only fish & pork, no red meat unless its a pot roast....ground meat is disgusting btw:) so I am having some issues with deciding what "to do" with the boys. Pictured above is the only smooth polled boy born this year.

This is his fleece about midside..............

........and this is at the back of the neck area. He is single coated and is just a really loveable boy. His tail, in all honesty, is not perfect. A tad wool but I think I will take a tad wooly too get the fleece and smooth polled features.

Here he is with his sire, Jammer. He is not a huge ram lamb, probably about 25-30 lbs. He was born the first of May but he really is starting to put on some weight and is filling out nicely. I guess I would say he is more "refined". Though, the polled boys just don't have that massive head like the horned guys do (right?). I am going to micron his fleece ( I will be fleece collecting this weekend).
Here is my offer:
If his fleece comes back with good results and someone is interested in him as a ram lamb, he is yours for the cost of your transportation and health papers. I would rather have him go to someone who would appeciate him for his polled genetics than have him wethered. Otherwise I am going to wether him and he will stay here as a fiber pet or maybe someone will be interested in him as a wether.
So as Autumn rolls in officially this week, I will enjoy the season and what it has to offer and of course, make sure all the ram lambs are not with the ewes:)







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