Sunday, August 24, 2014

Weekending







This weekend I baked, photographed a smoky sunset and took Spud herding. I also indulged in what I call a "camera walk". I haven't been out and about with the camera for such a long time, so one morning I took it slow whilst feeding the animals. I paused to take photos of our chunky little Silkie chicks foraging in their new pen, and I took videos of our silly ducks and sweet cows. It was refreshing and peaceful and exactly what I needed. This weekend has reminded me to slow down more often, take the time to enjoy my surroundings and this little patch of goodness we're lucky enough to call ours.

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I hope your weekend was good, whether slow and fast, fun or sleepy.
I'll leave you with a little weekend video.
I hope you enjoy it.



Weekend from Chantille Fleur on Vimeo.




Music // Hoop De Doo by Perry Como

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

New Life






A foggy morning, a warm mug of tea and new baby lambs are some of the things that have been going on this week. It started off warm and but now a cold snap has returned.
There has been so much going on here lately that I really don't know how to the find the words for it all. So I decided to simply write about today.

Early this morning the phone range. One of our ewes had lambed! Two little babies, a boy and a girl. After the morning jobs were done we hopped in the car and drove over to see them. Daisy and her babies will be coming in early October, along with our other sheep. I felt so excited going and visiting them today.
To top it off, this same afternoon one of our cows calved at sunset. We stood in the fading light and watched her give birth and help the wobbly new calf up. We're yet to find out whether it is a little bull or a little heifer. Hopefully we'll see in the morning.
So today there were three births - one here by our cow and two elsewhere by our sheep that will soon be here too. It's been quite exciting!


What did you get up to today?
I hope your week is going well.




*Update! Our little calf turned out to be a beautiful little Bull Calf, and a bull he shall stay as he looks just perfect!

Saturday, August 9, 2014

The Sheep Are Coming

For quite a while now I have been mentioning here that I would love to own sheep one day.
Initially I became interested in sheep as I became more interested in pursuing herding with Rilla.
Then I came to the point where I realised we need to produce more varieties of meat for our own consumption. Chicken is a treat and when the beef runs out.....that's pretty much it.
I am not, however, a big fan of lamb from the supermarket. It often has a very strong flavour and is way too fatty for my liking, and I'm not one of those lean meat people. I do enjoy a good proportion of fat with my meat.


In the midst of deciding whether or not to keep sheep, a lamb business started in our local area. They were going to produce "ethically raised lamb free from chemicals".
They were growing Dorpers, the breed of sheep that we were interested in. We ordered a side of lamb from them to try. It was delicious.
The cuts of meat were smaller than those sold at the supermarket, as they slaughtered their lambs at a younger age, so what we were actually eating was lamb, not mutton. The flavour was delicate and the fat content was good.
 I loved it, and suddenly became interested in keeping sheep for a purpose other than herding. I wanted them for meat.

Needing to keep them for meat makes a lot more sense. We're on a small block so every animal that is here needs to have a purpose, outside of recreational activities - dogs excluded. It seemed for a little while that sheep were a long way off, at times I wondered if a flock of sheep would ever come to be.
And then it happened. My Mum and I went to just look at some sheep, as part of our research stage. It turned out that they were the ones we wanted, and the best thing was that some of them had only just been born, which meant we had three months to prepare for their arrival.
So we ordered six sheep, paid a deposit, and returned home in excitement to begin planning the sheep paddock.

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To be honest, I can't really believe that we have bought sheep. I don't think it will feel real until we pick them up and bring them home. They'll be coming some time in October. I'm looking forward to then with much excitement!


Hope you're having a good weekend!

Sarah x

PS If you'd like a more detailed post on why we chose Dorpers and the way we plan to run them, read the article I wrote on our Farm Blog.

PPS I don't have a photo of our sheep, so I had to share this one of our Chrysanthemums instead :-)