Monday, July 19, 2010

Welcome Crosswinds Nantucket

Friday night my hubby went to the tractor pulls in Freeport, IL and I got to have supper with my friend, Lori, and then spend a few hours in her pool.  After falling into bed exhausted from the night time exercise, we woke up early Saturday morning to begin penning sheep, weaning lambs, vaccinating and worming the flock.  Mary P. bought 3 lambs from me this year, Speed racer, a mucket ram, Harmony, a white ewe, and Hilda, a light grey (Ag) ewe.  Mary got a spotted wether from me last year, so I know they are all going to a good home.  After getting all the rams into their own pasture, we decided it too hot for anything else besides taking the bike and going for a long, wandering ride, and what a wonderful ride it was for us.  We rode to Janesville, WI, had lunch/supper at Olive Garden, then off towards Evansville and lots of rolling hills, only to end up back at our house about 7 pm. 
Sunday morning we got up early and started our trip to Eldridge IA to pickup Nantucket.  Tucker seems to roll off the tongue better, so I've decided that will be his farm name henceforth. I took my 3rd helmet liner for the trip and 2 1/2 hrs. later, we rolled into Corinne's driveway.  All of Corinne's sheep come running when she shows up, so I got both hands full of very friendly sheep.  We talked for a short time, loaded up Tucker and 3 young chickens that Corinne was kind enough to give me, and then got back on the road. 
Tucker on the left is being greeted by Sheltering Pines Bug and a couple OK Acres rams. 

Tucker on the right, Sargent, a black krunet ram in the center (he's for sale) and Bug on the left.

Tucker: Mioget, Flecket ram making friends in his new pasture.  Due to the heat, I had no place cool enough to quarantine him, so in with the ram lambs he goes.  This is the only time I've ever had to do this and it makes me nervous, not because of where I got him, Corinne has pristine facilities for her sheep, only because I quarantine everything. 
I went out last night and said hello to the boys, Tucker and Bug just walked right up to me. Already love Bug, and I'm sure this little guy is going to win me over just as quickly.
Tata for now.

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