Happy New Year! Friday’s Fab Five (Photos)

We are Truly Blessed

The New Year is always a time of retrospection.  I have been looking through farm and family photos as a way of reflection — and planning for the future.  As newbie Shepherds, we are constantly “tweaking” our methods.  We have made some changes to the farm/flock management this past year – some proved ingenious, “Why didn’t we think of that before?”   Other changes have left us groaning, “Why is there a sheep under our bedroom window – at midnight?!?”  I will do a post on triumphs and tribulations in the future…

On Friday’s in January, I will post my favorite photos from 2009.  Most, but not all photos have already been featured at some point on this blog.  I hope you enjoy them!

Rudy and his sheep. The black eweling in the rear is Helena, a BFL X NC Cheviot. I really like her confirmation, disposition, fiber and size. If you click on the photo to enlarge, you can see the shine of the fleece of the white Shetland Mule standing directly behind Rudy's legs. As a contrast, the Cheviot Mule fiber is more dull, but very "sproingy."

Shetland ewe Nugget stands over NC Cheviot Molly as she snoozes in the snow. Molly is Helena's dam.

Gus waits patiently for the Shepherdess to finish chores in the barnyard.

Gus waits patiently for the Shepherdess to finish chores in the barnyard. I have never had a dog as sweet, well-behaved and loyal as this boy. He truly is a gem. And he is intact. If you are looking for a purebred, 7/8 Scottish/English bred Border Collie sire, contact me. We sure would like to have an offspring of his.

Granddaughter Reese is not sure what to think of bottle baby Duncan. Of course, he thought she was wonderful!

Twin Shetland Mule ewe lambs playing on Rudy

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