Next Day – Friday

Slow start today – I’m tired.  Once early lamb feeding of 8 lambs are done, I got the bread started.  Put too much buckwheat flour in and it was horribly sticky.  So nix making burger buns and made 2 loaves instead.  The bones that were saved from the sirloin steak used in stir fry earlier this week were cooked down and I pulled off the bits of meat.  Added additional broth from the chuck roast I’d made Wednesday, threw in the only fresh veggies I have left in the house – onions and celery.

So while the bread is rising, I managed to get all the house vacuumed and it sorely needed it.  The cats are shedding and little tufts of hair were in every nook and cranny.  I just can’t stand that!  Of course the cats could stay outside, but they like to come in often at night because the dogs are out and they don’t get along very well.

After a bit of an early lunch, Dallas and I loaded our brush clearing and fire starting supplies.  We hooked onto the little ATV trailer and pulled it with the Gator to the seed plant.  Before heading north to my farm, we set up the ladder and I climbed up to prune as high as I could with chainsaw a few errant branches of an old apple tree.  It hadn’t been pruned for at least 20 years.  There is a bit more fine tuning that Dallas will finish.  We left the trailer in the yard next to the tree for him to pick up the branches.  I’ll probably cut them in small bits to use for grilling.  Apple wood imparts a nice aroma.

The 35 minute trip to my farm was uneventful, but when we arrived, we saw a baby lamb outside the electric netting.  Hoping to catch him and throw him back over was wishful thinking on my part.  That little bugger had plenty of spunk for such a newbie.  He ran at full tilt down the hill, then scrambled through the barbed wire perimeter fence, down the bank and through a small ditch, then up the road bank and across the highway!  Thankfully, he bogged down in the tall grass  and I was able to nab him.  Little bugger.  I hooked him up and packed back.  Not wanting him to get out again.  I walked to the middle of the sheep paddock and left him.  Hopefully, his mum will find him.  However, since he is a triplet, she may have already abandoned him.

Dallas and I spent the next 3 hours building fires and cutting downed trees down to packable size.  We made good progress, but still only 2/3rds done with this project.  Still hope to finish this winter, but the 20th is fast approaching and I have a lot of stuff going on right now.

Before heading home, we reconfigured a bit of perimeter fence so I could electrify it.  Then once I found the short, it was hot.  Sure doesn’t usually work that easily!

Back home – fed all the lambs – showered – relaxing!

Be glad when these buggers are weaned onto creep feed!  They just about knock me over now.
Be glad when these buggers are weaned onto creep feed! They just about knock me over now. Feeding five at a time.

Shabbat Shalom!


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