Friday, March 14, 2014
Shepherdess Notes: A Lamb for your Birthday?
Today is my birthday. I won't bore you with my age, but I will say that I have celebrated 16 birthdays on the farm and 15 of those raising sheep.
Time flies, when you are having fun!
Looking down memory lane, I recall spending one birthday, at a sheep farm. The day ending with me in a truck, with a lamb on my lap (in a box) and a big grin on my face!
I also recall my mother, puzzled that my husband would take me to a sheep farm on my birthday to buy sheep. She was more than puzzled, she actually thought an injustice had been done! What kind of man treats her daughter this way? It took quite a bit of explaining to convince her that the whole thing was my idea and that I really did have a good time. Besides, we did go out to dinner before the farm visit. :)
I don't think she ever understood that one. I was not raised on a farm and my family all thought I was a little nuts when I moved out here and started buying farm animals. (I think they still do)
I have raised many different farm animals, over the years-chickens, ducks, goats, geese, rabbits, cows and sheep. Hands down sheep have been my favorite! Goats are a close second (it may have been closer, if they didn't get into so much trouble)
I enjoy spending time at Sheep farms, Sheep Symposiums, and Fiber Events, even on my birthday!
I like to look back and think that this endeavor has been time well spent. I have learned a lot, living out here. I have had many successes and many failures. I have had joy and heartache. There have been times I have thought I could never live anywhere else, and times I was ready to call a moving van, and NO, the animals were not coming with me.
Overall, it has been a good life, and I hope to spend many more birthdays here..
Enjoy your weekend!