Tuesday, October 12, 2010

A Very "Special" Sheep

Two years ago a very flashy ram lamb was born here at Harvest Thyme. The moment I saw in the barn on a Sunday morning I thought, "Oh my gosh, he is going to be a special little boy!" I named him after a popular song at the time and hence the name "Jammer" came to be.

Did you ever notice that sometimes when you name an animal, they kinda grow into that name? This was Jammer's dilemma....issue......it just seemed to suit him.

For example, he always seemed to be in the wrong place doing the wrong thing.......like eating in the garden...............

............or playing hide-n-seek behind the trees or just simply annoying the goats. Jammer's issues seemed to spiral out of control as he grew up. As a 5 month old ram lamb, he successfully bred 5 adult Shetland ewes and then around 11 months it was apparent that his horns were putting him in a "jam" and I decided to wether him and have the horns trimmed occassionally.
Overall, Jammie has become an extremely friendly and loveable boy and has yet to shed his sense of getting into jams.
Yesterday morning I let some of the sheep out to graze on the grass. Everything seemed to be going fine until I heard some serious banging in the big barn. Upon my arrival this is what I
found:

First reaction was of course, to laugh hysterically because I knew who was in there. Second reaction was to grab my camera. Third was too laugh again. Fourth reaction, I decided to help Jammer out of his jam.......again.

Jammer: " I am glad you found that hysterical and that you found time to run and get your camera while I was in obvious distress. Could you have possibly found a little humanity and helped a brother out? I was scared to death that I was going to kick the bucket!"

Me: "I am sorry Jammie.......you know I love you. Come on, give me a kiss"
Jammer: "Whatever. I am not talking to you right now. Maybe tomorrow."

Monday, October 11, 2010

A Beautiful Fall Day

I was fortunate to have today off and enjoy this insanely beautiful Autumn weather! I wasted no time sleeping in as I had a packed day of events. Barn chores to catch up on, the vet was coming to do health certificates on sheep, my parents were stopping over for lunch and to share their photos of their trip to Vermont ( I know, they went w/out me!!), and just to spend time enjoying being home.

This morning I let some of the sheep out to graze on the fresh grass. Miss Addison, who is in the center (Shet. x blk. Cotswold) has the most beautiful fleece and is looking like a chunky wooly ewe!

I caught Dixie enjoying the morning Fall colors and keeping an eye on the sheep.

I found this little guy in the barn this morning........never seen one of these types around before. Perhaps a tree frog? If he's poisonous, don't let me know;)
Lots to blog about as things are really busy here. Six of the Shetland sheep are leaving this Saturday to a wonderfully nice lady in New York. Her and her daughter are starting a fiber flock and I am honored to have her start with my sheep! She is taking 3 ewes and 3 wethers and she will have a nice variety of colors to start with. Sally Ann, my fawn kat ewe who has produced 2 smooth polled rams, is going to be bred to Jed and then is off to join a new Shetland flock here in Ohio along with one of my other spotted ewes. It is very refreshing and has renewed my goals for my sheep to know that they are moving into new flocks. I have more to say on this but I will leave that to another entry.
I hope everyone is enjoying this Autumn weather and for those of you who stop and read about life at Harvest Thyme, your interest and thoughts are much appreciated!