Tuesday, October 13, 2015

It's Lambing Time

The sheep have been so prompt in their lambing, combined with the cattle calving, that I haven't had a chance to sit down here and write about it. I know many of you have been eagerly awaiting photos of lambs, and I'm glad to finally have the time to share some here. 
With our last cow having calved this morning, there is only Mabel the sheep to go and that will be the end of the calving and lambing for this year. These last few weeks have been so full on!
As we head into what looks like a hot dry Spring, things will probably remain just as busy but with the babies on the ground there will be a difference in the work that needs to be done. 
And whilst the four-legged creatures may be nearly finished in the maternity department for one year, the chickens are still in full swing as far as going clucky and raising chicks is concerned. 

None of the ewes have had twin lambs, which does not surprise me as they are all first time mamas. The baby-lamb count is at five, and if everything goes well Mabel will bring it up to a nice even six. 
Plenty of babies for my first year breeding sheep, I think.

I've got two ewe lambs and three little ram lambs, one of which will be remaining as a ram for sale. The other two little ram lambs will be whethered, and are destined eventually for the freezer.
Tilly and Thumbelina are the ewe lambs, and what characters they are!
Thumbelina is obviously petite, but she is growing like a rocket and has so much personality for something so little. Picking up the lambs and cuddling them is something I'd dreamed about since they came home as weaners last year. I'm lucky that I can do this with these lambs, as Dorpers are such excellent mothers that they don't lose track of their young when you handle them, unlike some other breeds.

Lambs are so much fun to watch skipping about. The little group of them zoom around the paddock early in the morning and then again in the evening. With Rilla not being able to work them whilst the babies are so young, getting the sheep into their shed at night can be a little tricky with a bunch of mischievous lambs in tow.

This first season of lambing has been so enjoyable, and is something I hope to be able to enjoy again and again in years to come.


I hope there are good things happening for you at the moment!

Sarah x

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Monday, September 28, 2015


I love this time of year when there are little calves skipping about the paddocks, exploring the world that is all so new to them, and hearing their mamas give that beautiful soft moo they only have when their babies are newborn. 

I find it amazing that in one day after birth, calves initially wobbly on their long longs are zooming about the paddock, skipping and jumping with perfect balance.

The calves pictured are Jellybean and Chicco Baby, born only 2 days apart. Their mamas gave birth only days apart last year too; I wonder if these two cows will always be synchronized mamas?

We seem to be naming our calves with a confectionery theme this year. I'm hoping for some heifers since our first two have been little bull calves. 


What been happening in your world lately? 
How does Spring unfold in your part of the world? 

I hope you have a great week

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Friday, September 25, 2015

3 Quick Knitting Tips

Following on from last week's post, here are 3 quick knitting tips

1. When knitting a blanket of individual squares, sew in your ends as you go so you aren't put off by the task when it comes time to assemble the blanket. Set yourself a rule such as end sewing every time you finish a square, or every 3-5 squares. I've heard of several people who don't finish a project simply because they are put off sewing in the ends. Sewing as you go makes all the difference and means your hard work won't go to waste!

2. If working fair isle designs, learn how to carry your yarn across the back of your work so you don't end up with heaps of ends. Not only is this annoying but it wastes yarn. Carrying strands is easier than it sounds and well worth your while. Instructions may seem daunting, but if you grab your work (or a test swatch) and have a go I guarantee you'll be wondering why you didn't learn this earlier! (Little Cotton Rabbits has a helpful article on it here)

3. For new comers to the knitting world, I recommend joining Ravelry. It's free and is a great community for both knitting and crocheting. It has heaps of features, but the main one I recommend (and the one I use the most) is the pattern search. The search lets you narrow down the results by specifying things such as yarn gauge, construction techniques, design elements and heaps more.I find 99% of my patterns through Ravelry's search as it has better results than searching on something such as Etsy, for example. There's also lots of helpful forums and interactive groups you can join when you need help with your knitting or if you just want to chat.

I hope you find these helpful!
Have a lovely weekend,
Sarah x

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