Sunday, January 14, 2007

A Cold Mountain Morning

At 8:30 a.m. this morning, we had a "Heat Wave" temperature of -12 F! Yes, it was a very cold night last night. I was so glad the sheep have nice thick fleece as they sure needed it last night.Here you see Ralph taking a picture of me taking a picture of him and the girls. Notice the little dark sheep with the thing that looks like an old fashioned football helmet. That's Loretta, out for a get-together with the other ewes. I have to say that she has really been a Trooper through all of this. But I knew, too, that she really missed being in with the other ewes. I can't risk having the other girls hit her head or try to pull off Loretta's bandages so she's been in a pen by herself. She can see and touch noses with the others, but there is not enough room for anyone to grab her bandages and use them as a plaything. All that being said, if I let the others out without her, she would be bouncing off the walls and even tried to jump the panels in an attempt to still be part of the flock. So, I decided to let her out - under my supervision the entire time. She loved it! And the others seemed to be very respectful of her except for the one time her cousin, Ailee, tried to eat the ace bandage. :)This picture reminds me of when I was a kid in the 50's and my mother would chat over the fence to the neighbor while they were both hanging out laundry. All that's missing here are the clothes! :)
And, of course, here he is, Himself...Lord of all he surveys (as far as the fenceline, anyway) and destroyer of barns! Yes, Mr. Skittles has been a very Bad Boy! He has almost totally destroyed the pen in the barn where he and Colin have had to spend their nights during the storms we've had. So much so that tonight he will be wearing a ram shield - not for him hurting Colin, but for him butting the panels and walls! I haven't been able to tell if this destruction is from him not liking the chickens, or if he just hates barns after spending the summer in one by himself before he was able to make his way westward. Time will tell, I suppose. I will see how he does tonight with the shield and we'll go from there. If he really wants to be outside, then that's where he'll end up.

In the meantime, we have firewood brought in, the jug on for tea, and a couple of movies to watch. And I am behind on my spinning lately. I believe I will enjoy this afternoon and evening...before the winds start up tomorrow. Too bad the sheep aren't house-trained...they could keep my feet warm! ;-)


Tina T-P said...

Brrrr, brrrr, double brrr!!!!! You make our 12 degrees above zero (record low temp for the day) last night look tropical! Our saving grace has been no wind. Stay warm! T.

Kelly said...

Nice pictures! Keep 'em coming!

Michelle at Boulderneigh said...

I think you should have included the photo of you feeding the girls cookies. :-) If I bring Valentine in the house it will be for her pleasant company, not to keep my feet warm!

Leigh said...

I'm glad to hear that Loretta is on the mend. It seems as though the girls don't really mind the cold all that much.

I have a friend who used to have a lamb pen in her living room, complete with it's own door for the lambs to go in and out. I don't think they were allowed to serve as footwarmers however. :)