Tuesday, February 03, 2009

The Day After

The Day after the big storm, the sun came out. It was extremely cold but the sun really helps to make everyone's mood improve. The sheep aren't so desperate to eat lots and lots of haylage. The fresh snow makes everything look a lot cleaner. This photo shows a bunch of mamas eating fresh snow that slid off the greenhouse roof. The sheep have a source water but they still like to eat snow. I can only imagine how cold the water feels in their mouths. The trough starts to ice up pretty quick in this weather.

Luckily this brown mama decided to hold off on lambing until the storm cleared. We found her lamb outside with her - already standing up and enjoying the sunshine. You can tell she is new because of the umbilical cord that is red. We dip the umbilical cords in iodine solution so they are sterile. It helps to prevent disease.


For all of you interested in photography, can you see how difficult it is to get nice, moody shots on a bright and sunny day? I always prefer my photos when the skies are grey. The sun bounces off the snow like crazy like a giant reflector.

Yesterday we had a bit of a reprieve from winter - the first since December. It was in the 40's and felt so good not to be completely bundled up. The days are getting noticeably longer. I was talking with a neighbor the other day and he reminded me that we could be only a few weeks off from sugaring season. Wow - something to look forward to.

7 comments:

Mare said...

Oh that baby is just so lovely....

Sinje Ollen said...

What is sugaring season? This is such a nice blog. I know so much about yarn, but very little about sheep. Thank you for posting!

:-)

Grace Marie said...

Thank you for your wonderful blog. I enjoy all parts of it - the farm, getting to know your wonderful family, enjoying your knitting and color talents, but most of all, those fabulous sheep!!

I live just east of Worcester and this has been a WICKED winter. I also enjoyed the warm up yesterday but snow again today. This one looks to be more coastal though. YEA!!

Nanci said...

Funny what you said about the photos turning out better on a grey day. When I saw the photos I thought of how I felt yesterday here in Ontario, where we too had such a wonderful day. I walked in sunshine without a hat for the first time in ages.
I also thought wow, those sheep need sunglasses after all the weather we've had.
I posted a snow photo on my blog to end snow photos. I am sick of winter and can't believe that we are so close to maple syrup weather. Bring it on.
As usual, it was lovely dropping in to visit.

Nanci said...

Oh and I forgot to comment on that cute little black sheep. Do they turn white when they age I wonder?

Deborah said...

The little black lamb is so dear. I hope he smiles for the camera next time!

countrychicken said...

Just wanted to let you know I look forward to reading about your adventures every day. Love those babies.