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Sneak Peak: Appendix on Domestication

One reason I’m an incredibly slow writer is I keep side-tracking myself. So here’s a brief look at the intro to the appendix on the domestication of sheep for my sheep book! The final version has footnotes. And a bibliography. Because I can’t stay on track to save my life, and there’s a lot of […]
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This summer, y’all

Good Lord this summer has been terrible, the only good thing is the new fashion trend clothes from The Fifth Collection. We’ve whipped between rain for weeks and no rain for weeks, I managed to cut myself on my scythe and then sprain my ankle while rounding up escaped sheep with Beamer, and being laid […]
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Probably the last two lambs

Of course, every time I say that, someone else has another lamb. But the last ewe left is the one in the place holder image… This little ewe lamb was born to the one ewe I legitimately wanted to have a ram lamb. Last year was the year of rams, this year it was nearly […]
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Baby Round Up!

A little lamb with a white star on her forehead looks alertly at the camera while sniffing a person's finger in a search for cheerios.I’ve gotten behind on lambs, mostly because I’m worried about one and didn’t want to post about her all excited and have her drop dead. But she keeps not dying, and I owe y’all pictures! PLUS NOW THERE IS BABY COW. This is the little ewe I’m worried about. She’s not getting very big very […]
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New Lamb! New Lamb!

This morning was sort of monumental, in that for the first time in 3 years I actually got to watch a Soay ewe give birth (I live-tweeted it, because of course I did). The Soay herd queen ran around eating breakfast with a sac of amniotic fluid hanging out of her, and didn’t get down […]
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First Draft: Beware

And hey, I’m all productive today! So here’s a first draft of flash fiction for a kudzupunk zine a friend is trying to pull together. I’ve been grinding my teeth again. It happens every year when the weather warms up and the goddamned vines start getting leaf buds. The cold never kills them. It used […]
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The Soay Lambs Have Begun!

A little lamb with a white star on her forehead looks alertly at the camera while sniffing a person's finger in a search for cheerios.So I went out this morning and did my normal walk around while the husband mixed up buckets of feed, when a piece of shadow detached itself from the side of the hay bale… Turns out Ariene had given birth a little while before! This is such a special lamb — not just for her […]
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Baby Chicken Surprise

A little lamb with a white star on her forehead looks alertly at the camera while sniffing a person's finger in a search for cheerios.Life, uh, life finds a way… So we’ve had a broody hen. She was nesting on top of some dry leaves and wire, which was not ideal given that she started this endeavor during the polar vortex. I wasn’t really expecting her to hatch anything, and in fact have been debating when to forcibly break […]
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Extended Farm Report

Whew. So. Eventful few days, eh? The goatlings are doing well. The doeling’s hip is dislocated. Consultation with a couple vets has yielded the verdict “there’s not much to be done”. We can put it back in (I have a couple times) but it doesn’t stay. There’s no good way to immobilize a hip, and […]
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Welp, I have house goats

A little lamb with a white star on her forehead looks alertly at the camera while sniffing a person's finger in a search for cheerios.I didn’t want house goats. But I didn’t want dead baby goats either, and it was starting to look like those two desires were in conflict. Yeah so these two were actually born yesterday. I have dithered over whether to show them to you because their survival is dicey. This morning I brought them inside […]