Monday, October 24, 2005

Daily Farm Photo: 10/24/05


Sheep, Sunlight, Shimmering Leaves

21 comments:

  1. I love Autumn where you are so peaceful *Sigh* and so many colours!

    I bet it is quiet too, there is stoopid car alarm going off here :P

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  2. Hey Susan, Perhaps I need to get my eyes or my imagination fixed, but what I'm seeing is this poor sheep just about to be munched by this alien tree creature that's rearing up in the background with its tentacles stretched out - need to look again... ;)

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  3. The world is a beautiful place. First I admired your view Farmgirl. The wonderful colors of autumn - very much alike our colors of autumn right now. Then I went to see sonia's pictures from Brazil and she lives in a very beautiful place too.

    Yes, the world is truly a beautiful place...

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  4. Hi Clare,
    I have almost succeeded in totally forgetting what a car alarm sounds like. : )

    Hi Sonia,
    Thank you. Always nice to hear from you.

    Hi Liselotte,
    You really can't beat autumn for beauty. : )

    And Oliver,
    Oh for crying out loud, now that's all I'm seeing, too! : )

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  5. All these colours, the sheep, which I thought was a deer at first sight :) and sun too! It is all about raingear at the moment here!

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  6. Hi Baking Soda,
    Deer, sheep, whatever. . doesn't really matter since it's about to be munched by Oliver's tentacled, alien tree creature. . . : )

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  7. sheep? SHEEP?
    don't tell me this little beauty doesn't have a name. I can think of one for you. All you have to do is say the word and I will start bombarding you with suggestions.

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  8. Sam,
    Did I say sheep? Geez, I meant deer. Just ask Baking Soda. I'm sure she'll back me up.

    (Unless she is too busy singing about Chirpy Chirpy Sheep.)

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  9. What's the word I'm trying to come up with...bucolic, that's it. I love the angular, yellowy light at this time of year too.

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  10. Oh, how simply beautiful! It's so peaceful as to be poetic.....

    Kat

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  11. Ahhh.. fall. Here in the Northeast, I wish it were possible to bottle fall, and then release it (all the colors, smells, etc.) about mid-January, when everything is iced over and covered in snow.

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  12. Afternoon Farm girl! I had a busy day here and no new pictures yet! Your's is vunderful! No alien tree creatures spotted in that picture or here for that matter! Tomorrow am going to go on an outing with a blank camera and see what I can find! oooooo.. the possiblities! Wish me luck!

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  13. I love that many-branched tree! Sheep looks as though she has a perfect spot.

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  14. That looks like a grat spooky hallowwen tree! Gorgeous pic, as always :)

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  15. *sigh* today is not a good spelling day... apologies for the excessive typos :)

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  16. Thanks Susan! I appreciate you link with my blog!

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  17. Omg! Sam don't start! I was clutching the keyboard, hanging by my fingernails just to withhold myself from NOT entering names for this lonely deer.... Oh dear

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  18. what do you do with your sheep?

    (i suppose minutes from now i am going to come across some multi-linked expose portion of your site that explains in Farmgirl detail exactly what you do with your sheep and then i'll be a fool for asking. but hey why not ask.)

    by 'do', of course, i mean what use do you put them to?

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  19. Hi - I loved reading your thoughts, recipes and especially admire your bravery. I am a baker and was a caterer for 15 years, grew my own vegetables and herbs and it made me quite homesick to look at your photos. I lived in the heartland of Virginia back then and have transplanted to California. It is hard work to keep up a blog with a life as busy as yours!! Blessings to You and all your "family"

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  20. Hi Tabitha,
    I apologize for not answering your question sooner. What do we do with our sheep? Well, we (and other people) eat them. : ) We raise breeds that make the best meat (as opposed to the best wool)--mostly Hampshire and Suffolk right now. The females (ewes) are bred each year to a ram (the one we have now is named Leopold), and in the early spring we have adorable, frolicking lambs racing around the farm.

    When very young, the male lambs are castrated, which means they are then called 'wethers.' They run with the flock for about a year, getting plenty of exercise and eating lots of fresh grass, until they are big enough to be sold to people who want a freezer full of lamb chops and leg of lamb and lamb burger.

    Some people who raise sheep sell their wethers when they are only a few months old, and then they are 'finished off' at a feedlot. We don't do that. We raise the lambs until slaughter weight. They lead short but happy, healthy, stress free lives.

    Ewe lambs can of course be eaten, too, but since we have been building up the flock for the past several years, we have been holding back our ewe lambs. They are bred to the ram when they are about 1-1/2 years old.

    Oh, another very valuable thing the sheep do is provide us with lots of fabulous manure for our organic garden. : )

    Hope that helps! : )

    Hi Gypsy Girl,
    This is a very belated welcome to the farm! It's always nice to hear from a fellow foodie. Glad you're enjoying your e-visits. Thanks so much for your kind words and for taking the time to write. I look forward to hearing from you again. : )

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