Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Lambs in time for St. Patrick's Day (Updated)

We were blessed to have two twin ewe lambs last night in time for St Patrick's Day. We hope for our other ewe to lamb in the next few weeks.

We are also enjoying 7 new chicks which will add to our flock of laying hens.

[Updated with photos]


Blogger Mimi said...

What a blessing indeed!

10:44 AM  
Blogger s-p said...

Very cool. We don't have animals but we planted tomatoes and new grass for my turtle and they are all sprouting as I type. New life! Yay!

5:42 PM  
Blogger Hilarius said...

Steve - Well - probably your life is simpler. This morning I had to seek out the proverbial lost sheep - leaving the flock (not 99, but 6) to seek out the one that was lost (I knew where she was, she was making enough noise, but she wriggled through a very small crack and got out in the barnyard for an "adventure" and then was VERY unhappy about it - there's a lesson in that).

9:45 AM  
Blogger s-p said...

Hilarius, Funny (not ha-ha) I kind of envy the "simplicity" of your life. I'm self employed (for 30 years)... you chase sheep, I chase jobs and clients. If we both have no work or money, you can eat your sheep, I can't eat my clients. :) The grass is greener... but thank God I have grass (burmuda, not Cheech and Chong). LOL!

8:38 PM  
Blogger Hilarius said...

Steve - ha, ha!

I too am self-employed and chase jobs and clients (in addition to sometimes having to chase the sheep around)!

Frankly, the economics of the farm right now are such that we might, in some sense, break even on the tax burden (though not in a cash sense - just food equivalents that we arguably wouldn't have to buy at the market - see Wendell Berry's essay on Home Economics in The Gift of Good Land). It certainly doesn't produce enough to pay PITI yet or provide equivalents - although that is my goal. Small acreage is very expensive here, although quite productive as well. Nevertheless, I will still have to be chasing jobs and clients, like you, for many years!

But count none of it loss that I get to be steward of a little plot of land for a while.

Have a blessed Holy Week and Pascha!

10:35 AM  
Blogger s-p said...

Thanks, and also with you. Don't let a Greek near your lambs. :)

9:44 PM  

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