Friday, May 25, 2012

full day

Today was a such a full day. So much happening. Running the gamut from blissful to tragic, it reminds me of why I chose this path. I watched a college-junior WWOOFer intern hold a lamb in her arms for the first time while we delivered it to its new home. I also had to cut a blackface ewe free from a horrible tangle of brambles that had trapped it all night. (She is eating and drinking and will be okay, but terrifying to discover). There was sheep shearing, goat milking, wool carting, lamb chasing, shots, foot trimming, ice cream runs and new friends.

More details tomorrow. I need to get some rest and painkillers (think I really did a number on my back wrestling ewes for the shearing) and get ready for tomorrow's archery event in Albany. Heading south to shoot a longbow in a green dress.

Shearing photos to follow!

9 Comments:

Blogger Odie Langley said...

Hope you get a good nights rest after this trying day.

May 25, 2012 at 8:12 PM  
Blogger Elizabeth from the Berkshires said...

It was awesome, as usual. :) Miracle, tragedy, sweat and bliss.

May 25, 2012 at 8:46 PM  
Blogger Mary said...

Rest your tired muscles and joints! Can't wait to see the pics.

May 25, 2012 at 8:51 PM  
Blogger Debi said...

Very eventful day...glad all went well!

Good luck at the archery tournament tomorrow! I want to thank you again for reminding me about the joys of arcery. My husband and son especially love it, and I love that my boy is doing something besides sitting infront of the t.v playing video games. He spent hours this weekend shooting with one of his friends, and they even tried making their own bows! Also, after a few weeks of watching us, our neighbor was inspired to dig his beautiful recurve out of 20+ years of storage and come over and join the fun!

May 25, 2012 at 10:26 PM  
Blogger Kris said...

Jenna, I'm so sorry about the ewe. That's so sad. I was wondering though, when you said she was all caught up in brambles, what kind of brambles? Like blackberries or thistles? We have alot of thistles here all of a sudden and it's made me a little nervous so I just went out and cut them all down and hauled them off over the fence. I could not touch them so had to just grab them with the cutters. They are really sharp. I don't mean to sound stupid, I was just wondering.

May 27, 2012 at 6:51 PM  
Blogger Kris said...

Jenna, I'm so sorry about the ewe. That's so sad. I was wondering though, when you said she was all caught up in brambles, what kind of brambles? Like blackberries or thistles? We have alot of thistles here all of a sudden and it's made me a little nervous so I just went out and cut them all down and hauled them off over the fence. I could not touch them so had to just grab them with the cutters. They are really sharp. I don't mean to sound stupid, I was just wondering.

May 27, 2012 at 6:51 PM  
Blogger Jenna said...

It was a rose bush Kris, an old one the flock has lived and eaten around since last summer. But that pasture is gated now as the grass grows up from their eating.

It is good you did that. If my lesson saved one of your sheep, all the better.

May 27, 2012 at 8:57 PM  
Blogger Jenna said...

It was a rose bush Kris, an old one the flock has lived and eaten around since last summer. But that pasture is gated now as the grass grows up from their eating.

It is good you did that. If my lesson saved one of your sheep, all the better.

May 27, 2012 at 8:57 PM  
Blogger Kris said...

Ok, there is a huge wild rose bush out in the front sheep pasture agaisnt the fence that will be cut to the ground tomorrow before they go back out there. And anything else I see that might be dangerous. I had a doe kid break one of her back legs last year I think stepping into a cinder block. Broke the bone clean in half. I had the block to prop the stall door open and it fell over. No more blocks out there. You really just never know what an animal can get into. You can be as careful as ever and they will still get into something. I'm so glad you had a good long talk with your friend. It always helps. Have a great horsey day tomorrow! And be careful!

May 27, 2012 at 9:59 PM  

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