Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Spring Lambs

Hello dear friends, spring has finally arrived!  The renovations on our farmhouse are continuing and as so often happens take longer than planned.  The current project is the ensuite bathroom off the master bedroom.  The floor is in and beadboard wainscotting with chair rail has been installed and will be ready to be painted this weekend.  A claw foot tub is in the basement waiting to be installed along with the other bathroom fixtures.  Since the bathroom isnt ready to share yet I thought I would instead share photos of some of our lambs taken this afternoon.


The above 2 lambs are about 2 weeks old.

This little porker is about 6 weeks old.

Thank you for visiting and have a great week.

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Remembering Drakk

Hello everyone, our dear German Shepherd Drakk recently passed away and I have wanted to share some photos of him.  We have had many dogs over the years here at the farm and our German Shepherds are in many ways our favourites.  

Here is Drakk (right) with his sister Holly.  They loved being outside, especially if there was work to be done!  Although we live on a farm the area around our home is securely fenced to prevent the dogs from getting to the road.  The dogs have about 1.5 acres of lawns to play on along with gardens to trample and big shady trees to nap under.  There are also a number of chipmunks and squirrels on hand to provide excitement along with the occasional rabbit.  

Drakk and Holly both loved the snow and it didnt matter how cold it was they wanted to play outside and when play time was over they were quite happy to lie down in the snow,  When we came inside though they wanted to come in too.  After a particularly hard day of playing in the snow a favourite activity was napping on the furniture in front of the fireplace.  When Drakk and Holly first arrived they had never been inside a house before.  It amazed us how quickly they learned that being on furniture was so much more comfortable than being on the floor!

Drakk and Holly came to us when they were 4 and 5 years old.  They had previously lived in the city and their owners were too busy to make time for them.  We heard of them through a trainer and hoped that they would make good companions to our other dog Kodiak who was grieving the loss of his fur-girlfriend Jessie. After a pretty rocky start they learned to tolerate each other and over time Drakk became very attached to his brother Kodiak.  Kodiak in turn accepted Drakk and Holly as part of his pack and for the next several years they enjoyed a great life at the farm. 

Drakk was always a puppy at heart and loved to play.  Although our dogs have a very large collection of great dog toys his personal favourite was always black plastic flower pots.   Sometimes the pot still had a shrub in it which only slowed him down slightly-after finding the mauled pot I would have to try to find the missing shrub.

Although Drakk and Holly didnt always play together when it came time to relax you couldnt find one without the other.  Fortunately for them the previous owners tried hard to find them a new home where they could stay together and we were so pleased to be able to take both of them.

Drakk was always very affectionate and even though he was a big boy he was quite gentle.  He loved to sleep on the furniture and had his "special" spot on the love seat.  We used to call him "Sheldon" after the character on the television show Big Bang Theory-if someone was in Drakk's spot he would fret.  On the other hand if someone was his spot he was quite happy to become a lap dog.  He was about the same size as my mother-in-law who was quite happy to provide Drakk with lots of cuddles.

Dear Drakk was almost 13 years old and had a wonderful life living with us in the country.  Good bye sweet boy.

Monday, February 13, 2017

Sunday Snowstorm

Hello Dear Friends, it is has been a very odd winter so far here at the farm.  We have seen everything from snow storms to ice storms to very mild weather.  Yesterday we received about 20 cm of  heavy wet snow which was followed by strong winds overnight.  Fortunately we have been spared the huge snowfalls that Eastern Canada has been experiencing.

I love junkos.

My favourite lantern.

A view of our road looking northeast.

A view of our road looking northwest.

Our lambs do not have blue eyes but I dont know how to fix it!

Terrible twins!

Even though we have received a lot of snow the temperatures are mild so the barn is open.  The sheep can come and go as they please.

This little lamb is about a week old.

A mom and her little one.

The entrance to our driveway.

My little garden shed in the distance.

Our dear sweet old boy Drakk who still enjoys keeping an eye on things at the farm even though his advancing age is starting to show.

We are taking some time off of work this week to continue to work on our interior renovations.  Eventually I will have pictures to show of the progress!

Wishing everyone a wonderful week.

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Bitter Cold Farm Weekend

Hello dear friends it is a bitterly cold weekend here at the farm as we have been waking up to -21 degree temps.  Yesterday morning we had lovely hoar frost but by the time I got back from my Saturday morning shopping in town most of the best shots were already gone.  I took a few minutes to grab a few pictures to share.

Burdock is such an annoyance in the garden but looked quite beautiful when touched by the frost.

A view past our kitchen deck towards apple lane and the rear or the property.

A high view from the front veranda towards the hills in the distance.

We cant seem to keep enough birdseed on hand!

I dont recall seeing a woodpecker at our feeder before.

We usually start lambing in early December and I was wondering why our ewes hadnt produced any lambs yet. Yesterday however we had a set of twins and today we had a large single lamb.  We have a special pen that we call "The Twinnery" that we use to keep the mothers and their lambs separate from the rest of the flock.  This makes it easier to watch for trouble with the lambs and also minimizes the risk of a ewe walking away from her lamb and then abandoning it.  Sometimes another ewe may try to "steal" a lamb that is not hers.


Lambs typically have a yellow tint when first born.  The mothers will immediately clean them and encourage the new lamb to stand up so it can nurse.

Pretty girl!

There are many hay feeders in the barn so that the sheep can eat whenever they want.  When the temperatures are this cold we keep the barn closed.

A proud mom with her baby!

Thank you for visiting and wishing everyone a great week.

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Sunny Sunday Walk

Hello dear friends and Happy New Year!  We have had quite a bit of snow at the farm and since it is  a beautiful day and I have a new pair of snowshoes we are taking a little walk!

These are traditional Huron-type snow shoes made of ash and rawhide webbing.  We were very excited to find them on a last minute shopping trip just before Christmas.  Using snow shoes isnt quite as easy as it looks but it is great exercise and a fabulous way to enjoy the outdoors in winter. 

We have lots of bird activity. The bird feeders need constant refilling.  The blue jays are bird feeder bullies.

This little red barn feeder has many visitors.

A view across one of the pastures.  It is such a privilege to have so much land and we work hard to be responsible stewards.  I dont miss living in the city at all!

A view down apple lane.  The fencing divides this area into two separate fields.  The double row of apple trees provide shade and apples for the sheep.

Heading back with our farmhouse in the distance.

Coming around the barn to the farm lane going towards the road.

We love our cedar fences!

Now we are in front of the barn with a different view towards the farmhouse.

We never have a shortage of wood for the fireplace!

Our vacation is almost over and we have been busy working inside the house.  The current painting projects include the living room and library and wooden baseboards are being milled for the master bedroom.  I am excited about our progress and will have photos to share soon!

~thank you for visiting and wishing everyone all the best for 2017!~

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Snowy Sunday

 Hello dear friends and thank you for visiting our blog even when I have not been posting anything new!  I am surprised and delighted to have so many visitors from Europe.  

We have had quite a bit of snow this week and I suspect more snow so far than we had all last winter-and technically winter has not yet started!  Although it was cold today for the most part it was clear so I borrowed my husband's snowshoes for a little walkabout.

 Yes those really are frozen chrysanthemums in our new garden urns!  There is a flagstone terrance under than snow. 

Oh dear it would seem that the lawn furniture is still on the dining terrace.

I hope that we received some points for at least managing to get the cushions inside!  

This year I used the skates to decorate the gate going to the barn.  As we are not hosting any Christmas activities at the farm this year I havent spent much time decorating.

 The sheep are comfy in the barn.  It has been bitterly cold so they are confined inside so that we can keep the temperatures above freezing. 

We have had windchill values around -15 or colder and since we usually start lambing in December we dont want to take a chance that any newborns will become hypothermic.  And we dont want the water troughs to freeze.

I love this cedar hedge.  The chickens are comfortable in their insulated chicken coop-no foraging for fresh grass and bugs at this time of year.

A view from the barn looking towards the house.  A farm tractor comes in very handy for clearing snow!

Humble decorations for our gate at the road!

Looking back towards the barn and the freshly cleared lane.

From the end of the driveway looking towards the house.  The stone part is original and the addition was just done about 18 months ago.

A little stroll down the road shows the damage to this Austrian Pine from the ice storm last year.  The boughs are bending under the weight of the snow.

A view of the front of the house from the road.

My little garden shed in the distance.

Another view.  And now back to getting prepared for another work week.  I am happy to be able to take some time off between Christmas and New Years and hope to have more photos to share with you.

~Thank you for visiting!~