Poor Eleanor. We found her yesterday lying on her side in the chicken run. At more than 5 years old she has reached the end of her life cycle. We took her in for her last few days and made sure she got water and food and a warm place to bed down. We will miss her. She was one of our favorites.
Say hello to the newest addition of the Aviation Fleet at Bear Valley Farm. This is a PT-17 Stearman, the full scale version of which was used as a trainer in WWII. The plane flies beautifully. I've always wanted to get a bi-plane. This one has been a hoot.
The Fall colors have not been vibrant this year due to the dry weather as of late. But the sunsets have been spectacular!
This was a tough one for me. Barry, Benny, and Ferrari were our last rams from this year's batch and I've grown very fond of them. Rams at this age tend to be friendly and interactive, but these guys took the cake. They loved to play. Whenever I hopped over the fence in their pasture, they came a runnin' and enjoyed my company immensely. And I theirs. I've been hoping for months now that I could find them a new home somewhere, but alas time has run out and there are no buyers. To market they must go. It was a tearful farewell and that's all I have to say about that.
Goodbye my handsome rams.
It's been a rewarding but busy summer this year in the Valley of the Bear. But now that Fall has arrived, I have a little more time for the fun stuff. The other day, I took one of my planes out to the flying field and had a wonderful time taking to the sunset sky. What a blessing. I couldn't take pictures of the Cub in the air while working the controls, so you'll have to settle with seeing it on the ground.
Yesterday we said a fond farewell to Bambi, Bootsy, Buzzy, Tula, Sammy & Toro. We made the delivery to Adair, Iowa, which took us 6 1/2 hours to drive. But it was worth it. Our lambs found a great new home with a caring farmer who raises Suffolk Sheep and wants to introduce Polypays into his herd. The farm is right in the middle of a these massive windmills--what a picturesque new setting for our sheep. I will miss Bambi's faint little "baah" most of all. She was my favorite out of this bunch, as she has, of late, become a very friendly lamb to me.
The time has finally come, though my heart wished it never would. Goodbye, my favorite lambs. I am sad that Annie and Oakley have left us, but I'm very happy they have found a beautiful new home in Fort Atkinson, WI, to a loving family that will take very good care of them both, including BooBoo who was purchased by them a month ago.
The reality hit me today: Annie and Oakley will be leaving us tomorrow. When we tagged our favorite two lambs, I realized how much they had grown and how much I was going to miss them.
Today Toro was placed with the rest of our rams, as he has gotten too large and developed to remain with the ewes. Man alive, has this ram ever grown! He is nearly the size of the others, yet a full two to three months younger. As expected, the transition was not smooth. Toro was out of sorts in his new environment and the rams gave him a rough "greeting". Nothing unusual there. Newcomers always upset the natural order of the herd and it will take a couple of days before order is restored. It was funny to see Barry and Benny take this opportunity to establish their dominence--the head butting was ferocious at times. But Toro remained above the fray. Within a couple of hours, he seemed to be more at home with his new friends. Ferrari treats Toro especially well. I'm glad all is well.
Fabio, our ram, has been limping around for far too long. We've been keeping his hoof clean and medicated, but he has not improved. So we called in our vet. He discovered a deep abscess near Fabio's right outer hoof wall. Once opened and treated, Fabio was on his feet in a couple of days. He now seems good as new, which is important, for he will be breeding the ewes in less than a month. Here's a photo of Sharon and Fabio just as Dr. Diecher was giving him a penicillin shot. What a character our ram is.
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