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A Second Lamb Guess!

Our purebred Finnsheep, Honeycomb, is due to lamb in about a week or so! We wanted to get some pictures of her, so Evelyn and I headed out to the barn.

Blackberry and Currant were easy to lead out.

Aren’t I cute?

The warm, sunny day made for a frisky lamb!

And of course, the cat had to come inspect.

Timid little Apple didn’t want to leave the barn even to get some corn.

But our subject for today was Honeycomb. With a little coaxing, she followed Evelyn out of the barn and was rewarded with some corn.

After a while, Honeycomb got curious and venture farther.

She certainly looks pregnant! How many lambs do you think she’ll have? And will they be ewe lambs or ram lambs? (Just a hint, Finnsheep normally have more than one lamb at a time, though not always.)

Hey, what about me!?

Still Winter

Winter is hanging on in Quebec this year! Here are a few photos from this morning.

The blue spruce had only just emerged from being completely buried in snow and now it was dusted over again! Notice the high snowbanks against the cedar hedge. Yes, the snow really is still over 3 feet deep in places! It is beautiful, though! And spring is around the corner as the presence of our growing little bunnies keeps reminding us.

Anyone looking for a cute Easter bunny? Or just a friendly pet? Or maybe a mischievous one!

Lamb Update

Black Currant is growing quickly! Today we had to put in her ear tags (Quebec law for all livestock), but we thought we’d take some pictures of her first. Blackberry and Currant are so friendly they had no hesitation about following us out of the barn.

And of course the cat was around too… Snow is a new taste for Currant and the freezing rain yesterday made the driveway a field of broken ice. How does the cat always manage to get in the picture!

Since Currant is 4 weeks old today, we also wanted to weigh her. So we brought her and Blackberry up to the house.

This is a nice-looking house… Anybody home? And then it was time to return to the barn.

The cat decided to join in the race! And the winner is……but that wasn’t fair – Blackberry slid on the ice.

‘Till next time!

Lamb guess answer!

As it turns out, no one guessed right! Blackberry just lambed this morning with one black ewe lamb. And is she ever cute!

After observing for 1/2 an hour with nothing more progressing than seeing two little hooves, we stepped in to help. But all the help Blackberry needed was having the lamb’s legs straightened out and she managed the rest just fine. Mother and daughter seem to have bonded well.Now what should we call her?

Christmas bunnies!

Anyone looking for a cute, friendly Christmas gift for someone?

Rabbits make wonderful little pets: they are soft, cute, friendly, quiet, inexpensive, and don’t require a lot of care!

Evelyn and I did some product/pet photography this afternoon. Often photographing rabbits can be a real challenge, especially for Evelyn doing the posing.

But this time we actually got an amazing number of great photos.

Part of the reason for this was that Evelyn had an assistant to get the rabbits to sit up and put their ears forward. Somehow the cat always manages to get in there!

And now the rabbits are hoping to hop to new homes! Any buyers?

Bounty!

So far, Hershey has always calved early. Since her calf was due today, this year it looked as though she might not. But late yesterday evening she had a surprise for us!

Unlike last year, the calving went very quickly – so quickly that we missed the whole thing! When I checked Hershey at 6:30, she looked normal: eating happily. When, at 8:30, I heard her bell ringing continuously, I went out to check and found Bounty already trying to get to her feet.

Yes, Bounty is a little heifer! With a birth weight of 61 lbs, she’s one our our largest calves. And she has energy to match! A straw bale “fence” is easy to jump even at only 12 hours old!

Aren’t I cute?

We chose the name Bounty (the name of a chocolate bar) to combine her parents’ names: Hershey and Profit Driven. And after losing two calves last year, we feel bountifully blessed to have such a lively, healthy calf this year. Praise the Lord!

Family Vacation part 2

The wildlife in Cape Breton is quite used to seeing tourists.

The moose especially seem nonchalant.

The birds are a little more wary.

Though not the seagulls as much. Most of these photos are barely cropped.

Yikes, we’re going to get wet!

Flying together

Reunion of a pair

We even got to see them fishing.

Dive!

Splash!

And they always come back up in time to miss being hit by the next wave!

And another style of fishing…

They know what fishing boats carry!

On the topic of fishing boats, we were actually in Cape Breton during the lobster season. We had the amazing experience of watching the fishermen at work.

many boats at work

many docked boats

watching the boats

pulling up the lobster trap

Though it rained one day while we were there, we saw several really beautiful sunsets. It was a beautiful vacation and a wonderful time as a family.

“From the rising of the sun unto the going down of the same, the LORD’s name is to be praised.” Psalm 113:3

Family Vacation part 1

To all our readers, my apologies on the lack of blog content lately! Life has been incredibly full in the Frazer home.

Our family was able to take a family vacation together the last week of May. Yes, we all, including Stephen, were able to get away. Yeah! The destination: Cape Breton Island, NS.

Cape Breton is a beautiful place of rocky slopes, wind-scarred trees, rolling oceans, crashing waves, screaming gulls, a not-so-wild moose! I’ll let the pictures tell the story…

The O-Tentik where we stayed

A beautiful waterfall nestled inland

The hills of Cape Breton ore steep and rugged

Insect-eating pitcher plants in a bog

Watch out, Sarah!

Your feet will get wet!

The Cabot trail runs all the way around the island, hugging the coast most of the way

Abandoned lobster traps

My favourite graveyard

An old, one-room schoolhouse

The red dots in the water are buoys marking lobster traps – more on that later

Well, maybe I’ll make a second post with more…

Still Winter!

Winter is hanging on this year! Usually there isn’t much snow left at the beginning of April, but here is what it looked like on April 20th:

We decided to take advantage of the beautiful new snow to photograph one of our new lambs.

It looks like we’ll probably have snow into May! But I like snow, so I don’t mind! 🙂

“Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.” Isaiah 1:18