We've had so many beautiful sunsets this summer, to at least partially compensate for much lousy weather. ... See MoreSee Less
August is 'Knitting Koigu size Large' month. This is colourway P345. ... See MoreSee Less
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I attended the Koigu Annual Tent Sale today. Lots of yummy yarns. My stash is pretty impressive, if I do say so, so today I was looking to add some new colour combinations and also to expand my Koigu Lace weight stash, and add a few bags of Sparkle yarn for a specific project.
I impressed myself by exercising a modicum of restraint this year. ... See MoreSee Less
This is the Gotland ewe who had triplets and no milk. It turned out she was just late 'dropping' her milk, and a shot of oxytocin (hormone) kicked everything into action.
I had the vet check her over and he thought she might not have much milk at all and that the lambs should be either artificially raised, or at least supplemented with a bottle.
Turns out the lambs really REALLY didn't want a bottle. So I decided to supplement the ewe instead, with a daily ration of corn and soy on top of her pasture grazing. I thought this would be PITA but turned out to be easy.
The first day I lured her into the sorting chute so she could have her ration unbothered by the other sheep who would try to steal if from her.
From the second day on there was no luring required. When the flock comes in from pasture in the evening she runs right to the gate of the chute, and as I open the gate she runs in and turns around waiting for me to put her pail on the ground.
All three of her lambs are doing very well and are at least close in size to the many twin born lambs. ... See MoreSee Less
The sheep have finished the grazing cycle once - spending on average a week in each paddock. Before beginning the second rotation of the season they're spending a week cleaning up the laneway.
The timing turned out excellent as we're into the hottest days of the summer and the lane offers plenty of shade.
The Gotlands think they are in heaven as they are seriously interested in browsing tree branches.
And of course Bonnie is keeping a watchful eye. ... See MoreSee Less