Well, after a surprising amount of interest, the Flannelberry Farm blog has returned. I had no idea people actually read this. I have to maintain the shop one as well so we’ll see how I do! I have to say I like the idea of one that has a very specific topic – like shop – and one that is mine all mine and I can write about whatever I want.
There are things happening here. No lambs anymore. I have had a few health hiccups and so we decided to sell all of the sheep to my good friend and fellow farm girl Lonna at Apple Jack Creek. It turned out to be good that we did because the last month and certainly the last few weeks, have been a wild ride. This time for the past few years I would have been managing at least one bottle lamb so while I miss them so much it physically aches at time, it really was the best decision. That doesn’t mean I’m not hoping things will change so that I could have sheep again. But just a fibre flock, for wethers. I promise. (I have to say that because J will end up reading this). Um… right.
Onto what is happening. So, while I don’t have the woolies we still have plenty going on. In addition to the requisite dogs (the LGD and ES – both still very useful for dealing with coyotes trying to snatch the avians) and cats – also very useful for helping control the mouse populaiton, we have two broods of ducklings, two more mamas on nests and one hatch of chicks. The garden has been repositioned (to take advantage of the old sheep yard nearest the house) and expanded beyond my wildest dreams. And I am thrilled! The new coop is not exactly done and given the weather right now, not so likely to be so until next month (I’m betting). Once the coop and chickens/ducks are moved the garden will expand again. So. Exciting.
And finally, today I picked up our bees for this year. I suspect it’s going to go much better than last year (and it would be hard to be worse so I think I’m starting off well). I have learned to much about beekeeping over the winter and am WAY excited. And over tired. And I’m going to go and check on them because they’ve just come home to a major rain storm.