Well, I am not sure who is still even paying attention to this blog, but after an extended, and cathartic, I might add, absence, I finally feel ready to come back and share my life. I have re-centered myself, and am hoping I can keep this place not only fun, but perhaps a little educational- in the don't make my mistakes sort of way.
I feel like I should share why I had to take leave for a bit. I felt sort of empty, and even more so, extremely unhappy with other bloggers who have taken the very meaning of a blog; a life diary on the web, and subverted it to the explicit purposes of funding their lives. I found that extremely offensive and decided I did not want to be part of it- and that meant a break.
Well, now I am back and ready to move forward!
So, what has happened... Well, I had a very nice crop of lambs this year. Almost all lambs have been sold, or retained for breeding. The ram I have is just great, and produces excellent well muscled lambs, with quiet temperaments. He is being sold this year as too many of my flock are related to him. I also have one cross bred ram lamb for sale. Other than that, I purchased three ewe lambs from the owner of the flock from whom I rented sheep for my sheepdog trial. They still have tails, which is rather annoying, but they have good confirmation and I hope to eventually produce really nice lambs from them. As I mentioned, I hosted a sheepdog trial at the property across the street from the farm. It went very well, and was a monumental effort. I do mean monumental. BUT, it was so worth it. My goal was to have a calm, relaxing trial on good sheep, and that is exactly what we had.
There was a lot of help by many, but still, it about wiped me out for days afterward. Hopefully we can have it again next year!
On the dog front, not sure if I mentioned it, but I have a pup named Johnny, he is about 7 months, and is a smooth coat. I named him after my friend John who passed away. Did I mention that? My very very good friend John passed away at the end of March; he was found in the sheep barn having suffered a heart attack. It was very very difficult for me to process and I miss him every day. His property is for sale. So very sad.
The summer flew by, partially, I think because of the long winter we had. The hay (most of it) is in the barn, and I still have a lot to do. Lots of barn clean out. I did get a load of crushed stone in the barn so that I can put stall mats on the floor, and I will put straw on top of that. I should save a lot of money in straw, as now the floor should be raised above the wet zone (water seeping in),
This fall, I don't have many plans, I would like to do some trials, but in all honesty, I am not sure I could afford it (to go away). This is one reason I wanted to have my own trial...
Well, that is it for now. I hope all has been well with you. I have attached some pics of some of my favorite things.