Thursday, March 24, 2016

Spring Clean-Up

Yesterday was the perfect day for spring clean-up activities.
Number one on the list of outside chores was cleaning the sheep yard.

A winter's worth of hay, urine and manure were badly
in need of removal.
I hauled out four gators loads.

I scraped the floor of the sheep huts and removed everything.
Do you have any idea how heavy hay is when laden with urine and manure?

The pigs, always curious, stayed right by the fence as I worked.

Ginger visited.  MaryAnn napped.

As I raked and scooped,
the sheep decided it was time to check out the spring grass.

Finally... they've decided to graze again!

Under the watchful eye of Annie, they headed out to the middle of their yard...
an area they had not seen in a few months.

Annie tried her level best to get Faith to play with her,
but with a thick coat of wool on... playing was the last thing Faith wanted to do.

So Annie resigned herself to fulfilling her guard-dog duties...
calling back to me asking, "Are you sure we don't have any wolves in sheep's clothing here?"

"You're safe Annie...
they may seem big, but they certainly aren't bad!"

10 minutes of grazing, and the sheep were ready for another nap.
With temperatures approaching 70, the sheep get very warm very quickly.

Apparently Sam felt he had done enough work as well,

as he settled down beside the sheep for a rest.


  1. Is it time to shear the sheep? They sure are wooly!

  2. Cute post..It will be fun to see them "shorn"?.. They will be much smaller. Sounds like you had a very fun day! I'll bet that sheep will be glad to have a clean house..

  3. Sounds like everyone got to rest but you!

  4. Wow . . .
    You are warm there in the "Cleaned Up Bee Haven!"

  5. Lovely photos . I can imagine how hot those sheep are in their wool coats with the temps being that warm I bey they are just pleating to get the wool off now lol ! Thanks for sharing , Have a good weekend and a Happy Easter !

  6. It’s difficult to grow here in Northern AZ (Flagstaff) in full sun because we are at 7000 ft elevation. Direct sunlight here is super detrimental to many plants.I like your blog and look forward to reading more about your farm. I’m in the beginning stages of my lavender farm and bee colonies.


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