Morning Pictures (and surprises!) from the Farm

JK  captured this beautiful shot of the sun rising over the Martin tract – and dozens of sheep and lambs greeting the day…

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Over on the other side of Hopewell, another nature scene was playing itself out on my front lawn.  For starters, I thought we had a deranged fox on our property because we would see it every day, very close to the house. And it looked pretty shaggy.

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But as I was pulling out of the driveway this morning, I noticed the fox again. She wasn’t moving, and there was something squirming underneath her. I thought she was perhaps sitting on a groundhog, which would have been perfectly ok with this farmer. But suddenly three little kits bolted from underneath the her and into the den!

 

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As expected, the fox was not happy to be discovered and she grabbed one of the kits and ran.

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But she left the other two by the bee hives – playing happily!

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She was not pleased with this situation, to say the least.

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When I left, she came back and got the the other two kits. I’m sure they’ll be back to the den, but seriously, Mrs. Fox – location is everything! Her den is 50 feet from the front door and 10 feet from the driveway!

 

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Update on Romeo – the Fierce Feral Cat

We thought we should update you on our highly skittish, rarely seen, vampire-like feral cat we adopted a while back. Sir Romeo.

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He is a vicious predator, wily mouser and able to fend for himself with just a little help from us throughout the seasons (or shall I say, our continuous new season,: ‘never-ending cold’). But suddenly the dynamic has changed…

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He’s taken to us in a big way. Jon says that’s because I feed him hamburger meat from the front doorstep, but I know that it’s because we have a connection. He waits for his treat me at the front door and walks me to my car in the morning.

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It’s worth noting that we are not a ‘cat’ family, but this one is pretty darn likeable.  And yes, he’s still a supreme mouser, despite the pampering.  How long before he comes into the house?

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In other news…there are over 250 lambs on the Martin tract and they are happily bonding on the fresh green grass. Sometimes the other animals get a little jealous from all the hubbub. So Brett sent me this picture of the older lambs on pasture near Bayberry Road.

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But still, it’s hard to resist the little guys…They’re only young once!!

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Lambs Everywhere!

This is what it sounds like on a relatively quiet afternoon with over 100 lambs in the pasture:

 

The little lamb in the front was looking for its mom for about 30 minutes while we were there (it found her!). This is what happens:

1) Lamb feeds.

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2) Lamb lies down and falls asleep.

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3) Ewe moves to find some fresh grass and ‘get away from it all’ with a few precious moments of peace and quiet. Honestly, when it’s someone else’s offspring wailing, can you really hear it?

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4) Lamb wakes up alone.

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5) Lamb starts crying for its mother and takes off looking for her, bleating all the way.

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6) Lamb nurses once again.

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7) And as the little lamb settles down for a nap, the cycle repeats itself. Times 100+!

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As their protector, Bea can be fierce. Here she is patrolling the perimeter.

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But when she sees it’s just us, she warms up to Jon for some TLC.

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We have had zero problems with coyotes since she’s been here to protect the sheep. Good girl!

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