Took this photo yesterday of the lambs in the pasture by our farmhouse as the rain was starting to come down here in western Massachusetts.
Winston sleeps outside with the sheep. He has a calf hutch for cover but seems to prefer the outdoors. It is stormy nights like last night and now tonight when the coyotes often attack the sheep. They must feel safer when the skies are not clear.
The sheep generally just wait out any storm - rain or snow, not moving around too much. They aren't like humans, running off to get milk, watching a t.v. screen, getting worried. They take it easy. I think they sense a change in the atmosphere and know something is coming. I suppose because they don't have monetary things to lose, they don't worry so much. They have seen it before and will see it again. A good lesson to learn from sheep
Every one made it through the storm fine although we did get a call early this morning that one of the flocks of ewes which is grazing in the center of our tiny town was on someone's lawn. No surprise - a tree limb had knocked the fence down and the ewes found something better to eat on the other side. Trees and branches were down all over town and some folks still don't have power.
We were lucky on our road. The sun came out today and it was a gorgeous day. In the photo below the mist was rising from our hillside as the sun was trying to break through the clouds. Unfortunately, the Northampton Tuesday Farmers Market had been cancelled on Sunday evening so we lost a day of sales. With only three weeks left to go in that market, every sale counts. Our loss of income is nothing compared to what people in New Jersey and New York are in for.
We here in this area are so fortunate to have made it through relatively unscathed.
We feel very fortunate to have not lost power. I feel for all of you trying to get your lives and homes back to normal.
Slow down. take a deep breath. It will all get done in good time. Hug your kids, your family, your co-workers, your neighbors. We here at the farm are thinking of you all.