The sheep were shorn this past Sunday- FINALLY! Our shearer is VERY busy, since he covers several states while holding down a full time job in the construction industry. Sheep shearing is a bit of a lost art, I suppose.

We were surprised with a couple of lambs again this year. The ram escaped about 5 months before Mother’s Day. We know this since he has seldom escaped, and both Mama Cleopatra and her daughter Starlight lambed that day – one early in the morning and the other late in the night, on Mother’s Day 2010. Mama C had a ewe lamb, and Starlight had a ram lamb. They are both black – no surprise there.

We’ve fenced more pasture for the cows and horses, but we still need more.

The garden is almost done. I’m looking forward to just maintaining it – no more warring with weeds, we are doing square foot gardening this year! So far we have planted:
tomatoes (many)
cucumbers
beets
broccoli
cauliflower
carrots
green onions
radishes
white radishes
bell peppers
jalapeno peppers
cantaloupe
marigolds
nasturtiums
parsley
basil
stevia
tarragon
oregano
rosemary
thyme
lima beans
bush beans
cilantro
white, yellow & red onions
garlic
sweet snap peas
pumpkins
watermelons
corn
strawberries
grapes
raspberries
blackberries
chives
potatoes
popcorn
several varieties of lettuce

I think that is most everything…

And I’ve got some flowers started and seeded, some in pots, some in a small garden in the front yard that I did last year. I’m also going to do a bed in the back yard – I hang out there more anyhow, especially since the garden is out back.

Our house is at a standstill. Many small projects to be done – or to be finished.

The guys have finally been able to start getting firewood for next year.

_He_ bought me a pair of turkeys, but they died. We lost most of the chicks that we bought this year. We started with a dozen Araucanias, a dozen Buff Orpingtons and a half dozen cornish-X hens. We have only 4 of each variety left – but they seem to be doing well.

M&M has her ducks. She’s lost several, but we have 5 left – a pekin and the rest I ‘think’ are Rouen’s.

More later…