Spring Time! :)


Well, it seems spring has arrived. Lambing has started, only a couple of ewes so far with a single ram lamb and one pair of twins – both ram lambs. The pregnant ewes are getting bigger and looking ready to pop!.

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Rain and more rain….

Well, here we are entering the 2nd half of March and we have a big storm this weekend. It did start out as a light snow but now is just a heavy rain. I am glad we are not getting a big dumping of snow but we are expecting a couple of inches of rain and that will cause flooding for some folks in the area. I also think the rain might help wash away a lot of the snow we still have on the ground, which might be a good thing because it might help us get some early new grass. This would not only help us directly but would also help out the hay produces in the area which helps us all in the long run.

We had an interesting nighttime visitor this past week – one of our trail cameras got a cool picture of a bobcat at 4:30 AM right in the same spot we have seen coyotes, foxes and even some turkeys. Cool picture, I may post it up here on the blog in the post or two.

Stay tuned…..

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A tough few days..

Well, February decided to go out with a bang. A big snow storm dumped about a foot of heavy wet snow, this was followed by a few inches of heavy, cold rain. The ground is frozen and the run-off areas for the foundation drain were covered with ice. Thursday night was spent outside chipping away the ice to get the water to run off to the storm drain. With help from our barn friends, Bill and his twin boys Cole and Logan and with Matt, our friend Dan’s son, we did get the ice cleared away and the water draining.

Got back inside, dried off, then we lost power. Seems like well over 250,000+ NH residents lost power Thursday night with hurricane force winds knocking down trees and power lines. I must admit it reminded me of the ice storm of December 2008 where we lost power for almost 10 days! This time we got the generator running to power the well and other appliances and we turned up the gas heat to stay warm. Power came back late Saturday night so we were only out for a couple of days – others are not so lucky with many homes still without power 4 days after the storm hit.

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A busy day on the farm:

Bill the instructor came back again today – school holidays so a lot of his students have extra time to ride – and had a good size group, 5 of 6 riders in his group lesson.

Cole and Brandon helped me with feeding the sheep this afternoon, they boys live driving the RTV utility vehicle around the farm.

We did not check the trail camera today but we have been getting some good coyote pictures lately – it they start to bother the sheep we will have do something about that.

Expecting some more snow over the next few days – not doing much tonight but supposed to get heavy later tonight and into Wednesday. Should be not such a good weather week, roll on spring.

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Leslie’s Lessons

Exciting week at Spinner Farm.

Cole tried out for the U.S. Lawn Dart Olympic team and he may well have qualified! Cole took Gold in dirt biting, dirt compression and for his double black-flip on the way down. Even the Russian judge gave him a 9.5!

Spinner Farm Sheep decided to go on an outing, even Charlie the guard Llama went walk-about! A combination of people and Ruckus, stock dog in training, got them back in their pen.



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Just another day at the farm

Well, kind of getting tired of the snow, we had another storm this past Tuesday night into Wednesday.  We only got about 5 inches but all of us, the dogs, the horses, the sheep and our visitors are all ready for spring.  Soon enough I suppose, when it it ready to arrive it will.
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