Winter Plan in Action!

Jan
2

Winter finally reared her brittle, flaky, oft cruel yet oft beautiful head today and we got our first real snow!

I prepared the sheep’s stall in the barn and whisked them in there. Moving sheep is easy if you don’t have to go outside any fences AND no other animals are involved. Since I got them separated from the goats already, it was no trouble to take a can of feed and funnel them into the stall. I shut the door on them, prepared another stall with water and hay, and went for the goats.


The goats were hiding in the goat house, afraid the winter weather would muss their coiffures. Goats are picky that way. They always want to look their best. They paraded right out after me and my can of food, though.

And into their stall in the barn!

Cozy and warm for the snowstorm.

They’ll stay in their stall until the weather lets up.

But I let the sheep back out (with their stall open to return if they want shelter) because sheep could care less about their coif. Or they don’t know they have a coif.

I’m not sure they’ve noticed it’s snowing.

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Posted by Suzanne McMinn on January 2, 2012  

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  1. 1-2
    4:34
    pm

    I love the last pic of the sheep in the snow! It sounds like you have gotten your winter plans down pat. Have a cozy evening by the fireplace, knowing your animals are snug and warm.

  2. 1-2
    5:07
    pm

    What sweet relief this winter with a barn will be!

  3. 1-2
    5:22
    pm

    Here I was admiring your lovely green grass all this time.I bet they will enjoy the warmth and comfort of that old barn. They had no idea their life was about to improve too. We got cold and wind but that’s all. Keep the snow…please! :happyflower:

  4. 1-2
    5:45
    pm

    Wow, you getting snow before we do in Michigan isn’t what I expected. So far we have no snow but we are cooolld.

  5. 1-2
    5:52
    pm

    The weather is just so darned weird! I was actually surprized when I saw you had snow! I live in a totally no snow place, so usually don’t pay it any mind…but this time of year I have gotten used to reading your snow stories.
    Hurrah for the new barn!

  6. 1-2
    5:55
    pm

    So much easier, and I’ll bet the whole gang is happy to be dry and (relatively) warm. And you can get ‘er done and be back inside drinking hot cocoa in no time. Sweet!

    I think your red barn looks even prettier in the snow.

  7. 1-2
    7:26
    pm

    Today, here in Southwestern Lower Michigan we received our first 10″ of snow fall….sigh
    ~~HUGS~~

  8. 1-2
    7:29
    pm

    Jealous! Love LOVE your farm, and what’s more perfect than a farm and a snowstorm? I know-a farm, a snowstorm, and baking while looking out the kitchen window at that farm in a snowstorm! Thank you for sharing.
    -Kate
    soupseeds.blogspot.com

  9. 1-2
    7:45
    pm

    Sheep are insane.

  10. 1-2
    8:25
    pm

    Sheep have them some nice wool coats on, they aren’t gonna worry bout a little snow!

  11. 1-2
    8:59
    pm

    I see one lonely chicken in your photos. Where are they sheltered from the storm?

  12. 1-2
    9:16
    pm

    The chickens have numerous hideouts, including access to the barn.

  13. 1-2
    9:55
    pm

    Just have rain or clouds here in Western Oregon.

  14. 1-3
    9:28
    am

    It sound like you have things organized just right now. Congrats! This should make your life and the animals a lot easier.

    We are cold, but no snow.

  15. 1-3
    9:43
    am

    I LOVE your barn. Your animals are so lucky to have a nice dry warm place to go in weather like this. I know what ya mean about those sheep. I have 3 Katahdin ewes and 2 Finn ewes and a Finn-Suffolk ram. It’s funny how I get their stall all bedded down with nice dry straw and the wooly sheep go out in the cold wet grass for the night. The short haired ewes stay in. But they can come and go too.

    That snow looks so pretty coming down with the red barn in the background. Beautiful place you have.

  16. 1-3
    10:24
    am

    Oh boy…I can see some wonderful photo opportunities with your wonderful farm animals and BUILDINGS. That snow looks wonderful with the red barn in the background! I’m happy for you that life will be much easier now at your new farm Suzanne :) Enjoy your day!

  17. 1-3
    2:54
    pm

    Loving your pix!!! Especially the barn in the snow picture. I always enjoy your pictures, but these are some of the best!!

  18. 1-3
    2:58
    pm

    Hey Suzanne!
    Don’t know how much trouble it is to offer the desktop backgrounds, but I would love to have a picture of your barn as my background! Love your blog and I am so jealous of your farm but so happy for you! I have been reading your blog since you first started it! Love it!

    Samantha in Flat Rock, NC

  19. 1-3
    8:50
    pm

    Suzanne just had to thank you for the desktop of your barn! i didn’t think it would be on there so quick! Thank you so much! You bring so many smiles and warm so many hearts! So again thank you, thank you thank you!!!

  20. 1-5
    3:54
    pm

    I hadn’t realized that sheep eat so much! We’re deciding which we’d rather have, goats or meat sheep. It’ll be a while, though, before we do either.

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