Monday, March 30, 2009

More Babies and Promised Pictures

Introducing Bethia's little grey katmoget ewe lambs...Don't they look cozy together? Born at dark on March 28th.
Here the oldest girl makes Katie's aquaintance. We must befriend these little girls before letting them out of the lambing pens. Bethia is one of our original Shetlands and is a total hands-off kinda girl. She'll take them to the farthest corner of the pasture.

Look at the youngest lamb's little "sugar lips"! They have been bounding around the pen tonight like jumping beans!

Today Annie Oakely, another 8- year- old ewe, gave us two grey ram lambs from Rare Find Farms Emmett. This is one of the boys and the other one is almost identical. They have long legs and will have long straight fleeces.

Tommorrow we will introduce you to Butterscotch's lamb or lambs. She is in labor at the moment and it is almost time to go and check on her. Until then.....

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Baby Announcement

Highlander Farms Bethia & Hidaway Farms Razzle announce the birth of twin grey katmoget ewe lambs.

Bethia was bred the day we put the rams in with the ewes. So today was day 148 and about an hour or so from breeding. Wow!! The old gal did well. Bethia is 8 years old and one of our origianl Shetlands. She has a beautiful single coated medium grey fleece. This is only the second time that she has had girls. Katie is thrilled!! Both lambs have nursed and all is well!! Pictures tomorrow...

Theme names for this year: James Bond characters!

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

From Carhartt Overalls to Flip Flops

It truly is amazing the difference a week makes!! Winter finally found its way to the southeast. This is the first real snow we've had in 5 or 6 years. Sunday (March 1) afternoon we saw the big lazy snowflakes start to fall.
By Monday (March 2) morning we had about 7 inches of beautiful snow and very windy, cold temperatures.

Katie and I were greeted by some of our Shetlands as they made their way out of the barn since the snow.

They were so funny licking and eating the snow! Several dug into it with their noses and came up covered.

Thank goodness for Carhartt overalls!

Hidaway Cove on a snowy, cold, crisp, clear Monday.

What is this? I thought it was finally winter. March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb, so the saying goes. One week later (March 9) and we have 70+ degree weather. All living things are thinking it is finally spring.

Darling daffodils,

Flowering Almond blossoms ready to burst,

and little Grape Hyacinths cherishing the warmth.
Katie and Lauren wore flip flops Monday...from coveralls to flip flops in one week.
We're not holding our breath...the warmth isn't here to stay. Normal temperatures will return for the weekend.
Two weeks and a little, and we will have our first little lambs. What usually happens when lambs are born? Could we still have another snow?