I bought six this year, but one died hours after I brought it home. So we have five for now. You’re lookin’ at a lot of turkey dinners here. ;)
With Trevor’s help, I sheared the sheep the other day. I got through Inga and then only halfway done with Bolverk before I realized I could barely stand up. All of that hunching over really upset my back. With our recent 80 degree weather, I decided the sheep would probably appreciate a haircut.
Since I started this shearing project a little on-the-fly, I didn’t have any sheep shears… so I used some orange handled Fiskars scissors. It’s what I do with the rabbits.For the most part they look good, but poor Bolverk looks a little odd. Cami says he “has his shirt off” and is “wearing puffy pants”. Sure, Cami, sure.
I’ll have to weigh what each of my adults gave me once I finish Bolverk’s haircut.
Sunday afternoon Bridgit kidded triplets! I knew there had to be more an just twins in there, she was a blimp. I was able to witness my first goat birth as well. It was creepy, but awesome! Basically, there is a lot of gross, slimy stuff you don’t want to know about, then this big blob comes out. Once Bridgit started licking the blob, it moved! All of the sudden it started looking more like a goat kid and less like a blob. Almost as if definition came to its face and legs and body as I watched it. Like I said, creepy, but awesome.
Now we’re just waiting for Luna to kid hers.
Tan and white, Buck.
Black and white, doe.
Today we are working on our new cob oven. Most of it will be the same as our last cob oven design, as far as the size. This time, however, we are building it from natural clay, instead of man-made “fire clay”, and we are building the base structure larger so we can fit plates or a cutting board on it without needing an additional table. Our base is constructed of old bricks that used to make a path leading to the side door on the house. When we first moved in a year ago, we moved most of the bricks to form a new path leading to the front door; a much more natural looking pathway.
All we need to do now is: fill in the base with fire-proof material, top it all off with a layer of brick to form the top of the “box” base, then construct a form out of sand, layer on the cob (clay and chopped straw mix), let it dry, scoop out the sand, and call it done. Easy peasy.
I’m thinking of using some of my scrap tile to make a design on the cob oven.