Friday, February 20, 2015

Breaking Ice

Wild Rose Farm - Breaking Ice
I looked out the window in the morning and saw the pup running around in the field ... how did she get down there?   Hmmmm.  She was racing ahead of the Wild Rose Farm ice-breaking crew.  Temps of -6 will do that to you!
Heaving Ice With Pitchfork
The spring water development runs constantly, but it freezes around the edges & the sheep can't reach the open water.  You can see that some algae in the tank is stuck to the bottom of the ice.
Jazzy Playing & Chewing On Ice Chunks! 
Of course, Jazzy takes this as a great adventure, playing and racing around!  The crew looks back to see what the heck she is doing ...
Wild Rose Farm Jazzy On The Move!
It looks like Jazzy is showing her Iditarod racing form as the work continues.  Almost done clearing the water tank now ... and Jazzy banks into the turn on the home stretch!  :)
Clearing The Last Of The Ice

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Anybody Out There?

Wild Rose Farm - Whiteout @ 1:39 PM Today!
For all we know, the sheep are trailing down to the water tank, but you couldn't prove it from this picture! The current temperature is 22 degrees F & dropping.  It's looked like this several times today and we've gotten a couple of inches of new snow.
In other news, the applications are flowing in from the vendors for the 2015 Waynesburg Sheep & Fiber Fest.  As the Craft Show Chairman, it's great to see the long time vendors coming back and new vendors sending their pictures in with their application.  A new vendor application came in today - she wrote about her fiber and felted offerings and mentioned that her "fairies have a following"!   It puts a smile on your face on a cold winter day ...   Is the 3rd weekend in May far away now?  ;~)
Wild Rose Farm - Glad to Have Indoor Plumbing!
You can't even see the barn from the porch ...

Friday, February 6, 2015

Sunrise, Sunset

Wild Rose Farm Frosty Sunrise
Nothing like cold weather to keep the sheep happy!  They actually thrive in this weather ... temps in the teens and twenties.  First they trail down to the spring water tank, then they trail back.  Occasionally a single sheep makes a trip alone, but usually it's a group event.
Afternoon Snow & Sun
After a day of bright sun, frisky head butting, and milling around, we usually see some of the ewes trailing back down to the water tank just before sunset.   And scampering back when they get left behind!  :)
 Two Ewes Hurry Back To The Flock - Sunset Soon!