I am going to admit, there are days when I could turn in my barn boots for a pair of flip flops.
There are days when I wonder why they call this the "Simple Life".
Days when I wonder if this is really the life for me.
We have had some of those days recently.
Our first cut of hay looked very promising this year-enough hay to take us through the winter if need be, or better yet sell it, to pay back some of the money we have put into this field.
Reality: RAIN! RAIN! RAIN! Now we will be lucky to sell it as steer feed or garden mulch.
Not suitable for sheep.
You know those lambs we separated from their dams a couple of weeks ago?
After a week, when things had quieted down, I looked out in the field and seen the blue gate open on the corral...sigh....all of the lambs were out. Which means, putting aside what was planned for that day, to gather all of the sheep up, and go through the process of separating lambs and ewes again. Thankfully, the second time went pretty well (if you discount the mud from all of the rain) and we were able to get the lambs ready for a couple of scheduled farm visits.
We feel very blessed to have a healthy, beautiful flock of sheep. But, even with the best sheep, there will be issues. This week, we had one of those issues with one of our purchased ewe lambs. Fly Strike (which I will post about later) is one of the most unpleasant things to have to deal with when raising sheep. Thankfully, we have only had it a couple of times, over the years, but once is too many. She seems to be recuperating, and we are hopeful that she will pull through.
When raising livestock, you have to do some downright disgusting things. You also have to deal with loss no matter how well you take care of your animals.
If you throw in a goat kid eating the leaves off of some new fruit trees, getting chased by our Tunis Ram, and all of our undone chores due to rain, you have my week in a nutshell.
I love the photos of the cute farm babies, the baskets full of fresh eggs, the jars of fresh milk, and the fields of hay as much as the next person, but, there is a lot that goes on behind the scenes.
I almost didn't post, and went through the week silent. But then decided, this blog is our farm journal, and this is a big part of it.
Will I trade my barn boots in? Probably not!
I figure I would just be trading in one set of challenges for another.
But, I could use a few days in flip flops!
Here's to a better week!