We had our first lamb born last weekend in the midst of the massive rain fall. We had 1 1/2" of rain last Saturday and 2 1/2" on Sunday that really woke us up - we are not ready for the winter months!
Due to the wake up call, we decided to move all of the ewes back to our house pastures so we can keep a closer eye on them. Lambing is a month later than normal this year and we are certainly hoping for some healthy lambs. The ewes look real good coming off of the pastures in Ophir. Other than needing a good foot trim they should be good for the winter.
We have been so busy working on the pastures in Ophir that we have neglected our normal winter preparations. Our wood is still scattered all over our fields yet should be in a stack near the house. I usually go out and pick up fallen branches and twigs to use for our kindling and that too, is still scattered. I know that the government has made regulations on home fires, but in our area the power goes off so often that having a fire is a neccessity. With no electricity we have no other form of heat but our fire. With no electricity we also have no power to cook with or water to flow from our faucet. We save water in containers and store in the freezer for the just in case.
We will be wrapping our pipes this weekend. Another neccessity where we are. When the temperature gets down in the 20's or lower the first thing that breaks is a water line. Although our well has quit a few times also. Even the levers on the well get tempermental. Not sure what our neighbors have thought when they drive by to see that we have resorted to throwing our old shirts and towels over our well on cold days. We do what we need to keep our house comfortable. We do not have the luxury of calling someone else to come and fix it. That is our job
Fri, October 29, 2010
by Karin Sinclair filed under