Friday, July 25

Friday Farm Photo: Let Me Out Already

Cary Still Likes to Be
First Through the Gate Each Morning

Wondering who Cary is?
Meet her in A Tiny Tail For Mother's Day

Want to catch up with Cary?
Big Day For a Little Lamb
Cary Is Two Months Old Today!
Cary Is Three Months Old Today!
Cary Is Four Months Old Today! (And still allowed in the house)
Cary Is Five Months Old Today!
Cary Is Six Months Old Today!
Cary Is Seven Months Old Today!

Carybunga! Nine Months Old & Coming At You!
Cary Is One Year Old Today!
12/7/06: Cary Goes Grunge
1/7/07: What I Learned From Cary Last Year (Plus lots of links to photos of Cary laying waste to in the kitchen garden)
2/11/07: Cary's First Woolcut
12/6/07: Finally, A Cary Update
3/12/08: Cary Babies?
3/13/08: Cary, No Baby
4/18/08: A Cary Update
Friday Daily Dose of Cute: A Little Look Back at Cary

© Copyright 2008, the award-winning blog where, for various reasons, we currently have the sheep divided into five rather time-consuming mini flocks (which partly explains where I've been all week) and even though she doesn't have twins or need any extra TLC, Cary (who is doing great) is in the one that's right up by The Shack, where every morning she races ahead of the lambs to the hayfield gate (if she isn't already standing there impatiently waiting for me to open it). It's nice having her nearby again even though, unlike most of the other ewes, she rarely has time for pets or kisses.


  1. When will it be arranged dating time again for Mr. Can Do Studly and the girls - all ewe girls? Do you let him "visit" whenever he takes a mind to or is this all carefully timed and scheduled?
    Good picture - we'll all have a special place for Cary - looking forward to her having a loverly little girl to carry on the Cary tradition.

  2. How nice to see Cary is the leader of the pack.....
    I so enjoy my "visits" to your farm!

  3. I've missed Cary. Is she getting ready to try motherhood next year? And how are the puppies doing?

  4. Thanks for the Cary Pic. It is the perfect birthday gift for me.

  5. It's always great to see new Cary pix--hope your five flocks get more manageable soon (and I bet that'll mean combining them into one, LOL). Hug that sweet wooly girl for me!

  6. Susan I have a question for you. Do you ever think you will have Goats. I was at a farm a few weeks ago and fell in love with a 4 month old Nubian goat named Cocoa. Think Goat Cheese!!!!

  7. Love your pictures and have enjoyed your blog for a while now. I am in love with your farm and beginning to wish I lived on one instead of in the suburbs, with all this crazy traffic around the corner. It's lovely to sit with a cup of coffee and visit for a while.

  8. Hi LindaSue,
    We just finished lambing season (at least it seems that way, LOL) and you're already asking about breeding season?! ; ) We won't put the rams in until October, which should hopefully be after any late heat waves (rams can easily overheat and if they do it takes 60 days (!) for them to get back to their, um, full potential). And yes, I did say 'rams.' But. . . Studly Do-Right Jefferson has moved on to other pastures - we sold him to our builder! We have two new rams for this year - one from our flock and one we bought. Yet one more story I haven't had a chance to share yet! Well, two, I suppose, if you count selling Studly.

    Hi CCK,
    It's always nice to hear from you. Yep, that Cary is definitely the leader when it comes to getting to the food first - whether it's grain or grass! : )

    Hi CJ,
    For various reasons we've decided to cut way back with breeding this year, and while you know I really really really want a Cary baby girl, because of the problems she had this year with her first pregnancy I'm thinking of not breeding her this fall. We'll see. I don't want her to have to go through that whole vet experience again, but I might still change my mind! : )

    As for the puppies, they're doing great. And they're HUGE. First thing Monday morning I'm driving them to the vet to get spayed, plus Lottie needs to have eye surgery. And I'm taking Sarah Kate as well so she can have some teeth pulled. The good news is that they aren't infected anymore, and the heartworms she was diagnosed with last month (which she apparently already had before we adopted her back in December) seem to be under control. For a little cat she's been through a lot lately, but so far she's as playful as ever and is doing just fine.

    The vet is 40 miles away so this is going to be quite an adventure I'm sure. Wish me luck!

    Yellow Dog!
    Happy Birthday!!!! Great to hear from you. So glad you enjoyed your little Cary present. I was thinking about you the other day as I was sorting through a bunch of old photos and found some of baby Cary that you've never seen - including some newborn pics. I'll have to email them to you. : )

    As for my getting goats, I don't think that's ever going to happen. Goats actually became quite popular around here about 7 or 8 years ago, especially when some of the cattle farmers realized you could actually make more of a profit on goats than cows. Because they like to eat brambles and brush rather than short grass (which is what sheep prefer) they're also a great way to naturally clear up overgrown fields, etc.

    But goats require really, really good fencing, and that's something we definitely don't have. I'm talking like 7 or 8 strands of barbed wire. And while we've been wanting to replace at least some of our falling down perimeter fencing for years now, the skyrocketing prices of fencing supplies is making that goal even more cost prohibitive. A 6 foot metal 'T' fencepost that used to be $2 a few years ago is now about $5 - and you need one every 8 to 10 feet. Barbed wire is now running about $90 a roll for the decent stuff. It's crazy.

    I also have it on good authority that when goats get out of where they're supposed to be, they tend to eat everything - like nuts and bolts or laundry. Sheep don't do that. : )

    I can definitely understand your falling in love with a baby goat - they're really cute. Almost as cute as lambs! And yes, goat cheese would be wonderful, but then of course you have to milk twice a day - every single day. I've actually been wanting to get into cheesemaking, though. We're fortunate to have access to amazing fresh milk from a cow that lives a few miles down the road (think several inches of heavy cream on the top of each gallon jar), and I really want to start making our own mozzarella and maybe even cheddar - and butter! So far all I've made besides yogurt is whipped cream. We had some yesterday with fresh peaches. YUM. : )

    Hi Denise,
    I'm so glad you're enjoying your e-visits to the farm! Thanks for taking the time to write and let me know. : )

  9. aahhh, I love any post with a mention of Cary. I love the way she is looking back for you to hurry up!!!


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