Lambing season is just around the corner. Our friendly, people-oriented Blackberry is due first – perhaps as early as next week!
Anyone looking for a cute, friendly Christmas gift for someone?
Evelyn and I did some product/pet photography this afternoon. Often photographing rabbits can be a real challenge, especially for Evelyn doing the posing.
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!
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.
And another style of fishing…
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.
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.
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…
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:
“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
It was hair cutting time in the barn this week! Well, not technically hair actually – wool.
Chipit and Maple had theirs cut a while back, but the three younger sheep still needed to be done. Yoghurt was by far the most agreeable. He loved the back rub! Strawberry and Raspberry were more ticklish and wiggly, but even so it was nice to work with sheep that aren’t afraid of us.
I forgot to photograph Strawberry before and after, but here are Yoghurt and Raspberry.
Quite the change! We measured Yoghurt’s fleece at 9 inches long. It is really beautiful wool. The ewe lambs have a lot of hair in their wool, so the quality is less good.
And of course while I was in the barn… How could I resist photographing those cute little lambs?
April is on its way and lambing season is just around the corner. Our first ewe due to lamb is Chipit and she looks like it!
Sadly, she also isn’t doing the best. The weight of her lamb(s) is making her tire easily and we were startled to discover yesterday that she sometimes struggles to walk about and lie down. A vet visit relieved us of the possibility of hypocalcemia or pregnancy toxemia. His suggestion was that she has suffered some kind of trauma to her spinal column. Our best option is to keep her quiet, fed, and watered and hope that the arrival of the lambs will relieve her of added pressure.
So, we are doubly eager for the lambs to appear! If anyone wants to take a guess at how many ewe lambs and/or ram lambs she will have, just reply to this post and let us know what you think!
Our spring batch of baby rabbits is, Lord willing, on its way! We just bred 8 of our 9 females. Before they pull out their fur for their babies, we took pictures of them.
Here are our bucks:
Other than our original rabbit, Smokey, our does all have small candy names:
Cinnamon Hearts is the only one we didn’t breed simply because we don’t have space. She and Champ are actually for sale. Anyone looking for a couple of friendly bunnies? The babies should be ready to go in May and can be reserved ahead of time, too.
And of course, the cat somehow knew that it was time for portraits…
Looking through my photos from the past year, I observed that quite of bit of it was actually product photography… but not your typical products!
First there was the cow…
Then there were rabbits…
And now there is a sheep!
Yes, we’re selling Raspberry. She’s too small, in our opinion, to breed right away, and we don’t want a sheep lambing in August. So we’ve decided to sell her.
We thought that taking her away from her sister to be photographed would stress her out completely and that all the photos would reveal her bleating, but that was not the case. Apparently, Evelyn and I are as much a part of her “flock” as Strawberry, so she is just fine without her sister so long as we were there. We almost didn’t need the rope – she followed us like a dog, better than some dogs!