Returning from dog training last night about 11pm it was snowing pretty good. The Subaru's outside temp gauge said it was "only" 33 degrees so I knew we'd have some snow sticking by morning.
I love snow....in a drier climate. The humidity in the air in this part of the world makes the cold reach your bones. Drier snow is also easier to drive in. The wet sloppy stuff especially if it's on a sheet of ice makes for some fancy maneuvering.
Couple that with the inexperience some people around here have driving in the snow makes me not want to be out on the roads at all. Unfortunately we're supposed to have an arctic front that will be staying with us for over a week....with lows around 14 degrees and not rising above freezing in the day. And unfortunately I have to go to work all next week. I may have some interesting stories....
The snow we received last night and this morning was only a dusting.....not as pretty as a nice full blanket of snow.
I have the weekend off so I slept in. Needless to say Jasmine and the crew were not pleased about waiting a couple extra hours for breakfast. I received some very disgruntled braying and baaing as I headed down the hill.
I decided it was time to post pics of my breeding groups, they have been together for a week. I didn't do the raddle powder so I would know exactly who was bred and when because if I waited for some spare time to mix it up I probably wouldn't get them together until Spring, instead of having Spring lambs.
I have 6 Shetland ewes in with my Shetland ram, Duncan and 5 Jacob ewes in with my Jacob ram, Lawrence.
Here's the Shetland group first. Here's a few of Duncan and his harem.
First we have Ilse from Lois at Stonehaven:
Then Flora who is also from Lois at Stonehaven:
Here is Aurora, she is from Briana, at Call of the Wool (Sheep Ridge):
The last three are from Michelle at Boulderneigh. She is the one responsible for me getting addicted to Shetlands. She has sold me her best and friendliest girls because she is now breeding for polled Shetlands. I can't thank her enough.
Here is Bella. She was the first of my Shetlands. I fell in love with her when I saw Michelle leading her around the Black Sheep Gathering on a halter:
Here is Rechel, she is Bella's Mom:
And last of the ewes, but definitely not least, is Valentine, and yes that is her head in front of the camera lens in the following shot. If you are squatting down you OBVIOUSLY want to be scratching her. :)
Here is Duncan, a wonderful ram, I was lucky that Lois, at Stonehaven, decided to part with him:
My Jacobs are a bit more wild, they just knew I was there to try and catch them to trim feet or give vaccinations.....the memories were too fresh of a week ago. :)
Here's one of Janelle (in front), from Mary at Shadow Mountain Jacobs, and Pacifica (on left)from Shannon of Kenleigh Acres:
Here is one of Gypsy, she is from Robin of Meridian Jacobs:
Here is a group shot.....Janelle out in front, followed by Symphony(Shannon,Kenleigh Acres) then Constance (closest to the camera), a lovely lilac ewe I got from Joan at Mud Ranch and Pacifica bringing up the rear (Kenleigh Acres):
The ram is Lawrence, also a lilac, from Sandy at Windy Acres:
Here is my group of young ladies that will have to wait until next year, Claire, the black iset ,Ellen, the black gulmoget (both from Briana, Call of the Wool), Bevin, the moorit (Michelle of Boulderneigh), Matisse, the HS but no T moorit from Marybeth at Shady Oak, Sasha, a Jacob (Mary at Shadow Mountain) and grumpy old Uncle Carl, a Jacob wether (from Mary at Shadow Mountain.
The trumpeter swans were still circling the valley, I love seeing the sunlight make their feathers glow.
What's this? I had a dinosaur visit in the middle of the night!!????
Oh, it's just Fred. :)
As I was walking back to the house I took this pic of a couple of apples that no one could easily reach, donkey or people.
These pics I took on the way to class last night of sundogs or parhelions. I should have pulled over to take the pic but there wasn't a good spot so unfortunately one is kind of blurry. (Nothing like taking pics out a side window and driving down the highway.....
Kylie says I think I'll just stay in and sleep until we get some REAL snow!