A little update on our (not so) baby Bluefaces. 'Cadbury' is now called Sweetheart and has settled in well with her flock of black Bluefaces and Gotlands in Cornwall. The remaining two girls have retained their names of Fruit and Nut...Nut is currently living up to hers and is rather unwilling to socialise. Fruit, however has… Continue reading Those aren’t Ryelands…
Whenever we visit the flock we do a quick head count to make sure that everyone is still in the group (and to ensure nobody has wandered off). We count them as we have always counted, starting at one and going up, because that's how it works, isn't it? However, counting sheep hasn't always been as it… Continue reading Counting sheep
For a little while we've been toying with the idea of getting some more sheep: not a vast number, but just a few for cross-breeding purposes. The Ryelands are perfect for us and we're still going to be breeding pedigree stock, we're just going to be investigating other options. This funny looking sheep is a… Continue reading More sheep?!
An annual job; sorting out the registration certificates and making sure they get to the new owners. Due to putting last year's certificates somewhere very, very safe, there are more than usual to send out this time. Our (not-so) little lambs are off to join other flocks and hopefully produce wonderful lambs of their own.
We've got an Etsy shop! We've had one for a little while, but have recently re-vamped it to include some lovely new items. We have a selection of yarn from our sheep in lovely hand-dyed colours, raw and clean fleece, hand-made cards and are hoping to add some lovely lip balms in the near future.… Continue reading Get your hands on our goods
After a lot of thinking and a few false starts we have finally come up with names for Olive's two little lambs. Presenting Drake Newton (who will also be known as Atlas) and Drake Annie. We are very pleased with these names and hope that Atlas will grow into his at some point; it seemed right to start… Continue reading They have names…
We've got into a routine with the lambing checks; every 4 hours or so we get in the car and drive down to the field to see if Olive is showing any signs. Last night she was as she has been for the past couple of weeks; large and not looking bothered by anything, so… Continue reading We have lambs!
The outfield at the local cricket club is a bit long for the gang-mowers to cope with, so we've helped out with a different gang of mowers. The girls seem to prefer the grass to the view and sunset!
Today, we went on a little bit of an adventure to Tiverton to select our Ryelands! We were really excited (and still are!) as this is our first foray into sheep keeping, and Alan (the owner) was more than happy to introduce us to his flock and show us around his fantastic holding. Despite the… Continue reading Picking our sheep