Friday, July 30, 2010

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Dances with ewes??????

Speaking of Goat Babies......

Chunky Buns

Our Chunky girl is growing up, but her personality has not changed since she was a baby lamb. She is very vocal and greets us every time she see us outside the house. She even tries to talk to us through the dining room window as we eat supper. She is quite the sheep extraordinaire!

Our Dor Galen Ewes Redux

A couple of our Dor Galen girls captured  this very evening !

We are proud of these girls as one can see the Horned Dorset confirmation combined with a unique set of horns we hope will prove to be a distinguishing characteristic of this breed.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Stunning Summer Flowers

Sometimes a flower can say alot by its mere presence.  It has been an extremely hot and humid summer.....kinda like the dog days of August, but it has been ongoing since May. This zinnia doesn't seem to blooms anyway........So does this "chicken and hens"........

Quite a perfect pink star..........

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Our Dor Galen Ewes

Our Dor Galen girls, out for a peaceful graze in the front pasture. They have inspired me to want to paint a  sheep portrait.

This pastoral should induce peace and relaxation.

"Peace and relaxation" is not easily attained in these days of economic stress and uncertainity. I think alot of Americans are not resting peacefully , now.
Our future is uncertain, we have a lack of leadership in our government at all levels, corruption at every level of society. We feel unsecure about our jobs and economy, but more importantly, we feel helpless and  powerless to affect any change that needs to be undertaken in our personal lives, our social lives, and our civilian lives today. We are overwhelmed.
My husband says I can't save the world and that may be true, but it doesn't stop me from caring and worrying about it,
So , to whoever reads this post, take care of yourself, your families, and your  communities. .....

Monday, July 12, 2010

Triple Postin'

Yes, Farm wife gone wild.................

There are eggs to wash, gardens to weed, yards to mow, chickens to feed, animals to water, dogs to be let out, cats to keep in, roving to be spun, items to crochet, clothes to be washed, furniture to be dusted,
etc, etc, ect, ECT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

By the way, this is Bill , our guardian of our flock..........

Double postin'

Ya know, I don't want this to be a ho-hum farm blog. I want this to be exciting and maybe a bit unusual at times..............stir the waters.........kick the can........who knows when something exciting may appear.and you know as members of Western Civilization, we are all about exciting, entertaining, unusual,
We have to see something new, freakish, or bizarre, to keep our motors revved up on full throttle......


You just never know what may appear here in the future...........

Our Farm Sign

Dor Galen .........

I painted this farm sign last year. That is Sindarin script below "Dor Galen"......
Sindarin is an elvish dialect by J.R.R. Tolkein.  My husband and I are Tolkein affectionados from "way back in the 70's.  Dor Galen in Sindarin means "green land" or "green acres' in our case.
To the right of the sign are sunflowers which will be blooming very soon. I planted sunflowers in our garden in 2007 and we have had volunteer sunflowers every year since. Future plans for gardens include a natural dye garden and sunflowers will be a part . I will be learning from the ground up  (no pun intended) about natural dyes and how I can utilize them for our wool......

Sunday, July 11, 2010

The Love of My Life Holding Our Surprise Twin Ewes

Here are our new girls, Miniel and Tadiel, named after J.R.R. Tolkein's Sindarin elvish dialect. Miniel means " First Daughter " and Tadiel means"Second Daughter" in Sindarin .My husband  and I are absolutely delighted by them.

They are out of Sheltering Pines Meliah, who is a seven year old Shetland ewe that we acquired last year.
Meliah is an excellent mother and a wonderful sheep. We noticed that she had been sold several times but we plan to keep her here. Dor Galen will be her last home.

Friday, July 9, 2010

New Ventures Afoot........

Yeah, I know....Long time no post!
Things have been happening at Dor Galen .  We have joined a fiber cooperative and everyone is busy trying to get it up and running.

We are working on establishing a new breed.............The Dor Galen breed to be precise. We have an active ram who is in with the other Dor Galen ewes and we are hoping for fall lambs. We've had two surprises already born July 1st......twin ewes out of a purebred Shetland  with Rambo, our active Dor Galen ram, siring these two in early February before he was separated from the rest of the spinning flock.

We are planning to purchase a digital camera tomorrow so new photos can be added to this blog and update our website!

More photos of our flock will be arriving on this blog.

That's all for now.........more later!