Catching up

What have I been up to?

Well, I’ve been writing for the Piedmont Virginian’s blog. My most recent piece is about my current service dog, Xita.

I’ve had to pare down the goat herd due to my health issues, and am shifting over to low-maintenance breeds of sheep that are more appropriate for the pasture we have (as well as being way less work than dairy goats). I successfully crowd-funded a starter herd of Soay sheep, and last weekend a friend and I drove down to get them. They’re amazing little perfect woolly jewels, observe:
Two small and mildly wooly reddish-brown sheep, one of whom is looking at the camera. They are elegant and slightly deer-like (if deer grew wool), but only knee high.

I am especially smitten with my ram, Saltmarsh Ferrington:
A dark mahogany brown ram with massive curling horns and distinct white eyebrow markings deliberately poses for the camera.

Unfortunately our garden was destroyed by goats this year, so there won’t be any vegetable harvest until the fall crops have been planted and gotten a chance to thrive.

Meanwhile, I’m finally dealing with the Veterans Administration trying to get them to admit that the Navy broke me and they should be giving me money. Fun, only not.

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Comments (1) | Farming,Life at the Manor,Pictures — Tags: , , — Andrea @ 1240 on 23 July, 2015

One Response to “Catching up”

  1. Helena
    1600 on July 24th, 2015

    Xita sounds lovely. Do you still have your Dobermans? (I always remembered your dobes because that was the first time I’d seen them portrayed as sweet, rather than scary. We recently met an enormous black and tan Doberman at Lowe’s who was delighted to meet my two-year-old son and attempted to smother him with kisses–after being introduced, of course–and honestly, I think if I hadn’t seen your writing about your dogs years ago I would have been scared of him, not knowing any better).

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