Another two day snowstorm. This sure is the winter of the snow. I think the sheep are pretty much ready for it to be over.
When I look at these photos, it is easy to forget the snow, ice, sleet and unfriendly weather conditions. When my camera captures the moment and holds it in a digital file, I will remember back to the moment of the storm. For most of you these will just be pretty pictures of sheep in snow - as they should be. But what I will remember is being farm-bound, luckily with heat and lights, four lambs in the house, and the general anxiety that lambing season brings. Along with the snow comes snow days and an excuse to bake bread, knit and stay put.
The photos here are of the yearling ewes in lambs that are in the snow covered pasture just in front of our house. It is easy for me to get out there and take photos - no driving and not a long walk. These photos were taken Tuesday and Wednesday during the storm. Thank goodness these sheep (which were born last January and February) aren't lambing yet - they will probably lamb much later when the grass is green.
Snow covered mounds of sheep.... wish I could have taken them from the front but I was too lazy to wade through the several feet of snow to shoot it from the other side. Didn't want to risk losing my camera in the snow either!
These two looked happy chewing their cuds.
Look closely - she has icicles on her ears!
This ewe was so still, I thought she might be dead. But she wasn't - when I shoved the gate open for more photos, she got up and shook herself off.
Sheep are all about the food.... snow or not.
This is Olympia eating - Olympia as in last spring's postcards and "Olympia's Felted Knit & Crochet Flowers!" (HINT, HINT - great idea for Valentine's Knitting - pattern available on my Shop Page here!) She is a mature ewe now and most likely will lamb in a month or so.
Love this photo of the brown ewe with the snow falling in front of its face.
Some other brown ewes.
And this Border Leicester ewe. She is gorgeous.
They're just rolling their eyes at me.
Sheep with the garden shed behind. Here's what it looks like in the summer.
Our house looks so cozy with the orange door and the smoke coming out of the chimney. Must have looked similar to this back 200 years ago. They say it was built in 1751.
It isn't as easy for me to get the barn where the lambs are being born today. It is five miles from our house and with all the snow, sleet and ice coming down, I decided to stay put and feed the bottle lambs and hang out with Julia since school has been shuttered. She will be going to school forever with all the snow days they have had! The Farmer left early in the a.m. and we haven't seen him yet. That is probably good news since if a lamb wasn't good, he would have headed up here so we could try to bring it back to health.
Looking forward to when we see real blooms on the hydrangeas again!
Stay warm everyone!
BOOK PARTY - MAY 5-6
to celebrate the publication of my new book
CRAFTING A PATTERNED HOME.
Our colorful 1751 farmhouse will be open to the public. On view will be many of the projects that are featured in Crafting A Pattern Home along with many other things I have made over the years.
This event will be a celebration of the handmade. I hope the day will inspire you to add some pattern and color to your home.
The event is FREE. Books will be available along with some other things I have made. For more information and directions, see the EVENTBRITE PAGE HERE. Although tickets are not mandatory, it will help me get a count to know what to expect. Hope to see you here in western Massachusetts in May.