Raising Finnish Landrace, Cotswold, Border Leicester, and Romeldales, in the Heart of Illinois, as well as working with rescue llamas.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Yesterday and today are the type of fall days that leaves one seeking a  easy chair with cup of hot tea, good book or fiber project, and a cozy fire. Now, of course, that does translates differently for each species. Here is our barn cat version:

Calliope sitting outside the back door of the farm house looking real cold.......
Calliope spies her Mom, Darling and sister, Cece in the napping basket.....

Pile on! with all brothers and sisters for an afternoon nap en mass. 5 kittens and their Mama cuddled and snoozing the afternoon away in a hay filled basket. My mousing army, lead by that fearless leader 'Little Darling'. I am sure the mice wonder why we named her Darling as they do not find her frequent daily hunts endearing at all.  I've always heard the best mouser is a well fed cat, thanks to Darling I now believe it. She is simply a mousing machine, frequently bringing back several catches before lunch. She has tutored her children in her kill and they show a lot of promise in the hunt.
Please note all of our cats were sprayed & neutered & vaccinated through the Operation SAFE program, since they are outside cats they bear the international sign of a fixed cat they have a tipped left ear. This program enables us to have barn cats and not have the headache of finding kittens homes constantly. In fact they when they found out we lived on a farm they tried to send extra cats home with us!!! Great program check it out they are on the internet!!

Sunday, October 16, 2011

 Much has happened here in the last few weeks!  Fall has arrived, with it's bold colors, cooler temperatures, and delicate fall aromas on lovely light breezes and even our first frost a couple weeks ago. Fall has brought breeding season for most of the flock. Finns, as a breed are able to breed in any season of the year but we made a choice to only do one breeding once this year, so the rams are in with the ewes. But this fall has brought something new in with the ewes as well. 2 guard llamas, Buster and Dot, who we are adopting through Southeast Llama Rescue.( ) This has been a wonderful experience!! From the beginning our contacts at Southeast Llama Rescue have been awesome, they found us nearby mentors and national mentors for all my questions. The depth of knowledge and deep he love for American camelids these folks have is truly awesome.
Buster and Dot in one of our pastures, the sheep were around my knees begging for more breakfast.