Christmas time! Our big Christmas present this year was A NEW TRACTOR! The boys shopped around, and we ended up accepting delivery of this beauty this week.
Talina and Megan got lessons in driving it today, and we took it into the Neutral Zone to play around with knocking down some of our standing dead trees. Much better than cutting them down, which would have left a stump to mow around forever. Plus, fun!
Our new toy is a pretty small one, so there will likely still be projects for which our neighbors larger tractors will be more appropriate. But as a good, easy assist around the farm, I think we have only just begun to discover the ways this little guy will be useful!
We hope your Christmas Day was warm and bright, whether you spent it unwrapping presents with family, or eating Chinese and seeing The Hobbit!
For our Christmas Day, the sheep were feeling in a giving mood, so they led us on a merry adventure by getting loose and running off down the road. Then they got ‘lost’, and we had to help remind them how to get back to the pasture. On the way, Eureka’s will to live flagged (it’s a long way from the end of the road back to the barn!), and I got the chance to get this shot of her, giving up, lying in a mud puddle in the snow, while Thaddeus looked on in amusement.
We did finally get the ladies back to the barn, slightly more soggy than when they left it, and made our way to our own Christmas Day events.
We are really late on this task for the year, but we finally brought home a ram for Eureka and Blackfoot today. We are borrowing him from a friend of Thaddeus’s.
His name is Magnus, and so far he is WAY more enamored of the ladies than they are of him. But hopefully everyone will settle in and we might get a few lambs.. Sometime in summer, because sheep gestation is about 5 months, and we won’t be sure the ladies are bred til early Feb. oh well, you can’t get it all right the first try!
Talina left Oregon for a two week trip to Nicaragua yesterday morning, so it was only appropriate that I wake up to snow today. In the year we’ve lived here, the only time it’s snowed is when Talina is not in the state!
I figured it would be a short morning snow and transition to rain later, so I went ahead and moved the sheep to the north pasture.
A few hours later it was still snowing and they decided they were sick of it… so they let themselves out and came back to the barn. So precocious. At that point, I realized this was probably an entire days worth of snow, and went out to feed hay to everyone else who clearly wasn’t going to bother leaving the shelter of the barn in the first place.
Yes, you, lazy goats.
I’ve spent all day inside, watching the snow transition briefly into rain and then back to snow. Good thing I’d already planned to spend today doing nothing but recovering from my hectic work week! But we have chores to do tomorrow…