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!?
Lambing season is just around the corner. Our friendly, people-oriented Blackberry is due first – perhaps as early as next week!
How many lambs do you think she’ll have? And will they be ram lambs, ewes lambs, or a combination? Tell us what you think in the comments below!
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!
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!
Reunion of a pair
We even got to see them fishing.
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
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…
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