Last year we purchased 6 Baby Doll sheep, a ram (Ernie), a wether (Farley), and four ewes (Aggie, Bertha, Cora, Dory). They produced two male lambs this season, Gus and Hero. We used a portable garage for shelter. Now the work begins for the permanent structure. The county allows us to build a structure up to 120 square feet without a building permit. We have designed a 8×12 structure with a 8×8 roof covered fenced area for shearing and other tasks.
This year’s Spring pond after the first grass trimming. When the pond fills in late Fall or early Winter the Chorus Frogs sing all night long. Gradually the water dissipates as the rains subside. We had 52″ of rain this season and the grass was 4 feet high. I begin to cut the grass as soon as the ground begins to dry, but I always leave the pond vegetation while there is water in the pond. There are still this season’s tadpoles and wildlife visiting the pond. Five Mallard Drakes have been visiting every morning this month. We’ve also had Canadian Geese visiting this year—a new first. One pair hang around for most of the day and are not bothered by our activities.