Monday, July 16, 2007

It's all about the Numbers.

Hi, remember me? Here's a quick, brief run-down (run into the ground, run-down) of what we've been up to around here. There's way more by the way, these were just the highlights of spring and lambing.

More than 200 sheep sheared in 2 days.... and 5 stitches for spouse in a shearing accident.

More than 80 fleeces to skirt - this is just a few of them...

The rest went into the wool-pool bags.

More than 280 lambs (we were just to tired to keep counting by that time).

More than 16 bottle lambs total, with 7 still on the bottle (not bad considering the total lambs born is probably about 350-375-ish).

11 lambs who would have been bottle lambs grafted onto other mothers. (major happy about that one!!)

2 emergency c-sections to save the lambs.

7 animals treated for fly-strike (you do NOT want details on that)

8 new pigs on the farm.

1 steer off to butcher.

What felt like a bazillion-teen skeins of yarn for Cookie's Garden, the spring sock kit for the club.

1 set of double rainbows.

Deja-vu with another astronomical number of skeins of yarn for The Summer sock kit for the club... (pick your own 3 out of 5 ice cream flavors - what was I thinking??)

10 broiler chicks (round 1 - round 2 would be 25 to be delivered next week)

21 hens laying an amazing number of eggs (quiche, anyone?) , down to 13 - see the next 'number'.

1 raccoon who lightened the hen-pen by 8 hens in 4 days... followed by the purchase of a trap.

200 bales of hay at about 600lbs each (that's 1/2 of what we need for the coming winter, folks).

2 1/2 inches of rain in almost 6 weeks (very bad).
5 brand new baby chicks with mommy-hen (2 peeking out here).


Lynne said...

You forgot "One exhausted shepherdess"! Wow! What a spring/early summer you've had. Hope it's calmed down by now, and you'll have more blog time.

Wool Girl said...

WOW! I don't know how you do it! Will you be getting any more knitting time soon?

Anonymous said...

Welcome back - I'm glad you're up for a breath of fresh air!

Tsarina of Tsocks said...

And you call yourself number-challenged?

Astrid said...

I'm tired just reading about it all! What a pretty farm, though, and I love the way you've larks head knotted the skeins onto the line, no doubt under that exquisite rainbow. I can just imagine how fresh and happy those skeins smell.

Sherry W said...

I love the baby chick picture!

Flystrike-eeeew. I'm happy I didn't have to see that!

tammy said...