Sunday, March 28, 2010
Sunday, March 21, 2010
The first daffodils are blooming here at Wild Rose Farm ...... they're right next to the house. The small ones are Tete-a-Tete daffodils and the larger ones are an unknown variety that was here when we bought the farm.
More spring work this weekend .... clearing along our fenceline. This is not a fun activity since most of this area was multiflora rose along the neighboring property plus some sumac trees. Next the sumac stumps will be cut down to the ground and coated with a brush killer. The brush has to be kept off of the electric fence so that we don't ground it out ......... The pasture is just beginning to look green back here.
Friday, March 12, 2010
The ewes were out of their wintering area for an hour or so today while another round bale of hay was being placed in their feeder. The green area is the spot (mentioned a few days ago) where the spring water comes near to the ground surface. Most of the snow has melted now, with the exception of the north facing slopes and the big piles left behind after plowing. The ground is saturated, including the squishy spot where I stood to take this picture .....
The next thing you know, the rattle of a grain bucket brings the sheep scampering back to the feeders. Notice that they are looking a bit rounder these days? We've still got a while before lambing starts at Wild Rose Farm.
Thursday, March 11, 2010
Tuesday, March 9, 2010
Monday, March 8, 2010
The car coming down the driveway tonight sent 3 whitetail deer running back into the field. By tomorrow, the driveway should be just muddy! As it got darker, the deer came back up to graze and paw around in the paddock next to the fence. I really don't like them coming up so close to the house ...... just a matter of time before they put the munch on landscape plants!
The sheep are still on a nice cover of snow. Notice how the maple trees are beginning to turn red at the tips. Warm sunny days and cold nights make for a good sap run for making maple syrup, but we don't do that here .... taking care of the sheep is enough.
Sunday, March 7, 2010
As we were driving around today, we saw small herds of deer in several places grazing on the open south facing slopes along the highway. At this time of year the deer look pretty rough. We also spotted several turkey vultures flapping around and trying to catch updrafts near the roads. I guess they come back to Western PA before they return to Hinkley, Ohio !!!
Thursday, March 4, 2010
Our Wild Rose Farm Rambouillet ram is still out enjoying his time with the ewes. We won't start lambing until late April, so he has another month or so to be "free". Here he is munching on hay .... notice how he's pulling out the fresh green stuff!