Thursday, October 26, 2017

Quite a scare

We had quite a scare with Annie last week.  The Shepherd was getting ready to go to Monroe and Fiber Fusion NW with our "teen aged girls" and he realized that something was wrong with Annie.  Called the vet and loaded her into our dog crate not knowing what was wrong...did she have pneumonia like Jefferson had just had or what.

She was in very bad shape by the time he got there - they sprang into action and a quick diagnosis determined it was most likely sheep polio, caused by a deficiency of vitamin B1. Which causes swelling on the brain which leads to blindness.  They started   B1 shots immediately and something to stem the swelling in her brain.

Long story short, we almost lost her and she did go blind, but she began eating the next day and more shots here at home plus pills for pain and isolation from her sisters and brothers miraculously she has recovered.  No blindness that we can tell and she seems to not be any worse for wear.   Shetlands are genetically hardy little sheep, they have to be to live on those cold windy islands in the North Sea. 

Now we just need to stop the bullying that happens when you reintroduce a sheep that's been out of commission into the flock.  Poor little thing. 

Sunday, October 22, 2017

He got another pretty ribbon!

 Look who got the Grand Champion Colored Fleece at Fiber Fusion NW in Monroe WA yesterday.

This is The Shepherd with Jefferson's fleece.  The one that the judge at Black Sheep said felt like cashmere, and then forgot to move up to the top 10... Oh well, you win some, and you lose some.  This time he's the winner. 

At this rate, we're going to have to make a "Ribbon Board" for him :-)

Nothing would be more fun to make.

Hope you've had a good weekend. 

Monday, October 02, 2017

A current pic of #1Son

Here is a current picture

Thursday, September 14, 2017

He's for sale - with prize winning fleeces in his background

 The Shepherd calls him #1 son, I call him Lamar - but we're both calling him "For Sale"  He even comes with a little brother wether buddy.  (that's a must) 

He has awfully nice horns and his fleece is like silk - Judith McKenzie said his dad's fleece felt like cashmere and he's inherited that fine trait.

So if you are interested, please leave a comment on the bottom of this blog, or you can email us at marietta_shetlands at hotmail dot com. 

We also have some ewes available - you'd need to talk to The Shepherd about which ones, but I know one of them is white. 

Thursday, September 07, 2017

Things are great in the pumpkin patch

Getting bigger every day.  These are a French pumpkin that don't necessarily turn orange, but if I remember, they were very tasty.  I'll keep you updated. 

The Pacific NW has been on fire for the past month but a particularly bad one is burning critical habitat and endangered species in the Columbia Gorge.  Fire was started by teenagers setting off fireworks.  It makes me incredibly sad. 

One of my coworkers will be out of the office tomorrow and my boss asked me to work.  I'll miss the sleeping in time, but appreciate the hours. 

Well, time to go fix dinner.  Fresh corn out of the garden tonight.  Yum.

I'm on Instagram now.  @menolly44.

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Are YOU ready?

Yes, the "Great American Eclipse" - coming up on Monday and I'm ready.  Got my official solar shades and my observing guide - ap's on my tablet and King 5 will be broadcasting all morning.  And I decided not to even try to pretend that I was working on Monday morning, I took some vacation hours so I could stay home and see the real deal. 

What are YOU going do be doing?    

Meanwhile, out in the pasture

Did anyone see what happened to the month of July?   The lambs are bigger, the pasture is browner, but I sure don't remember the days going by...

I think part of it was the smoke.  About mid month, there were fires burning up north in BC.  The smoke, however, doesn't respect borders and soon our skies were filled with dirty brown haze.

Not only making it hard to see, but hard to breath as well. Happily it rained last weekend and the skies cleared. 

The Shepherd has been working on socializing his crew of lambs.  They are coming along quite nicely.  Next is halter training.  That is always fun to watch - (not for The Shepherd, however)  Most of the time they will do the "flop" until they get used to having that weird thing around their nose.  He is taking them to Fiber Fusion in the fall and needs to have them halter ready to show. 

Here's Mr. Jefferson, looking Oh so Regal, and proud.  His fleece won blue ribbons at the NW Washington Fair in Lynden this past week.   
It is hard to believe that he is not even a year and a half old.  He's probably one of the nicest rams we've had, temperament wise - his mom Jennie did a good job when he was a baby. 
This is "Number One Son"  (what can I say, that's what he calls him)  He's looking for a new home where he can have his own flock of girls, since his dad has the job here all sewed up...
Some of the older girls, looking as brown as their pasture.  You can see the haze in the air - these pictures were taken during the time of the BC fires. 

Sorry for the long absence.  I have been more active on Instagram - you can find me there as "menolly44" - hope to see you soon.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

But Wait, there's More!

See that purple ribbon?  That is the Reserve Grand Champion Colored Fleece that he's got there in that bag!!!  The judge REALLY liked that fleece - :-) 

Saturday, June 24, 2017

First place fleece!!

All his hard work came to fruition.  First and fourth place fleeces out of nineteen.  Yahoo!!

Fleece judging at Black Sheep Gathering

We are at The Black Sheep Gathering in Eugene Oregon this weekend.  The Shepherd has three fleeces out of 19, entered for judging in this class , lamb fleeces.  Judith McKenzie is the judge this year.  Judging starts in a few minutes! 

Monday, May 29, 2017

In Memory - Neelix, Sinda, Bella & George

 I have wanted to do a post in memory of the furry friends we've lost here over the past years. 

I'll start with Neelix - we got this sweet boy from the Humane Society and he was very tiny and very sick - in fact our vet said they shouldn't have released him to us - but we were so in love with him - we "fixed him up" and he was the best farm cat ever. And he grew and he grew - at one point he weighed 17 pounds!   He used to find The Shepherd when he got home from work, demand a piggy back ride on his shoulders and help him do the chores every evening.

He loved lambing time and could always be found checking out what was happening in the barn. 
 He was also very laid back and could often be found sleeping on his back in the middle of the living room - so secure in his position. 

He went to the rainbow bridge in August 2008 -
He's still at the top in number of posts - only "from the garden"  and "Shetland Sheep" out do him. 

This is my Sinda - affectionately known as Sissy -   I got her from some friends when she was 8 or 10 weeks old in the Spring of 1990

A little bit quirky and a lot-a-bit fun - 

On February 5, 2011, at the age of 21, she succumbed to kidney failure, leaving me "catless" for the first time since 1975.  
 This Handsome Boy is George - We got him and his little sister Gracie in July 2011.

They were just the sweetest pair -  you can read more about them if you click on the label - "The Mrreows"

 And then came Bella - who I laughing have called our "transgender" cat - Bella "migrated" here from a neighboring farm - well we fed her, and they didn't... "Her" I say - she seemed so feminine - but when I took "Her" to the vet for something, She was pronounced to be a "He" - so what can I say - we left the name Bella - as he was quite a beautiful cat, and you know, Bela Lugosi -
Bella disappeared the spring of 2015 - I kind of think he might have gotten trapped in The Shepherd's work trailer and then jumped out along the way, as we heard that a cat looking very similar appeared at the Water District office a couple miles away.  Didn't go check though - he had already made a new home there.

George disappeared last August - not a good month for us and kitties - 8 years almost to the day that we lost Neelix to the Bridge.

I keep hoping that George just got waylaid and will come home some day, but he was pretty much a momma's boy and never stayed out more than a day.  Gracie and I miss him a lot - she's pretty lonely since both of us are gone all day long and she's here by herself.  Thinking about adopting someone new, but we'll see. 
You can read more about our furry friends by clicking on their names in the "Labels" on the sidebar.  Thanks for indulging me on my memories. 

Monday, May 22, 2017

At the corner of Noisy and Loud - just a bit of a Rant

When we moved into this house approximately 23 years ago, it was a nice quiet neighborhood - you could have called it bucolic.

Slowly that has changed - just a little bit at a time As the crow flies, we are about half to 3/4 of a mile from the train tracks.  They have been adding another train here and there (where it used to be one or two trains a day, now it is one every couple of hours! - and most of them are coal or oil transport trains - long, loud and heavy) Add to that the three crossing gates that are in our area and the trains seem to blow their whistle about 5 times for each crossing.  I've come to decide that train engineers are sadists.  I mean, come on, it's the middle of the night, there is a drop down crossing gate that's got flashing red lights and bells  - do they really need to blow their whistle 5 times? 

And then there is the airport.  The crow has to fly about 2.5 miles to get to the airport from our house with our close proximity to Vancouver BC, and the horrible traffic to get to Sea-Tac airport, Bellingham International Airport has really taken a step up in the past 20 years with many planes coming and going every day.  And, dare I mention Interstate 5?. 

This map is a snip from a map put out by the US Bureau of Transportation that was printed in the Bellingham Herald a few weeks ago.  Do you see the dark red "ground zero" spot that I've circled - yup, that's just about where we live - at the corner of Noisy and Loud. 

Saturday, May 20, 2017

The Empress Tree in full bloom

Lavender rosebud azalea

Happy Saturday!

Oh my goodness it's been a busy week.

Our accounting/office manager at work has gone to Tahiti far a big vacation so I am working extra hours.  Really makes me appreciate my part time schedule.

We got a couple of brochure projects that I have been working on back from the printer this week.  It is exciting to see something that I put a lot of hours into come out looking nice...really nice, actually.

I walked through the garden yesterday and took bunches of pictures.  I haven't figured out how to post more than one per post from my phone, but they are so pretty I may just do that and, of course, today is chores day, I'd better get with it!

Sunday, May 14, 2017

The garden is going in

The Shepherd planted out in his garden yesterday.  He's mixing corn and pumpkin in one row.  The second one back is his purple cauliflower.  The broccoli is still in the greenhouse, having been planted a little later. 

The sheep are growing like Topsy.  You can see pictures of them on my instagram account .. my instagram name is menolly44. 

Happy MOTHER'S Day all. 

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

The colors of spring

I have been driving down our neighbor's driveway to see the sheep this spring and I have been getting a different view of our yard that is very pretty.  Love this yellow azalea that we don't see from our driveway. 

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Happy Anniversary Honey

Today was our 23rd wedding anniversary.  Sometimes it seems like it has only been a few months, and sometimes, well, you know the old story...the one that talks about "for better and for worse", etc, etc.....

However, the good times and the bad times all add up - and as we so often have, our anniversary cards were in sync - this is my card from The Shepherd -  my card for him said the same thing - You & Me - (different picture though)    One year we actually got each other the very same card - that was a wild one - I opened my card from him, saw the picture and went "Oh, no, I've opened his card!"

We had planned to go down to Whidbey Island, but The Shepherd was feeling under the weather all week and when I suggested that we skip, he said "lets sleep in and then just go down to The Farmhouse (an old favorite restaurant that's on Highway 20, on the way to Whidbey) for lunch and then come home.  We had a great lunch (I had a Reuben - they make their own corned beef and its not that thin deli sliced stuff and he had a hot pot roast sandwich - so we were both happy, and full, and didn't have such a long drive to boot), and then we decided to go looking at the tulips  -

The Skagit (rhymes with "Badge-it"} County area is renowned for their tulip fields - so much so that they now have a month long Tulip Festival during the month of  April.  These were part of the display gardens at the restaurant.

It would have been better if the weather had been a little nicer, but it didn't seem to deter the tourists. 

The tulip fields are just about done blooming, but the farmers have conveniently planted some "late blooming" ones that are just color as far as you can see. 

I was taking these pictures out the car window, on the fly, as the sheriff's were everywhere, giving out tickets to anyone who blocked traffic. But I couldn't resist showing you these pretty pink tulips.  Imagine thousands of people tromping through your fields - I'm surprised they don't have electric fences around them. 

Even with the blustery weather, there were quite a surprisingly number of people out today.

You can see more tulip pictures on my Instagram page.


Saturday, April 22, 2017


All the lambs are out front now.  This is Allison.  She's very sweetly has a lovely fleece.  She's a keeper.

We're having an "open barn" today for friends and some of The Shepherds landscape customers. I have my spinning wheel out, hoping the rain holds off til after 3 when we're done. 

Thursday, April 20, 2017

City of New Orleans

We're at the Mt. Baker Theater tonight listening to the great Arlo Guthrie.   It doesn't get any better.  If you have a chance to see him don't miss it. He is very funny as well as being a great musician.  We are so lucky to have this great venue.  Thanks, Mt. Baker Theater

Monday, April 17, 2017

Out and about

Here's Cal and A.J. on their first day out.  They are so cute!

Saturday, April 15, 2017


A.J. is a carbon copy of her mom.  The Shepherd is very pleased.

Garnet and little ones

This handsome little guy is named Cal ,- he and his sister were born yesterday morning. 

Friday, April 14, 2017

Enjoying the sunshine

When I got home from town this afternoon I stopped out by the pasture to see all the babies.  They are still paired up with their sibs but soon they will be waiting for our neighbors to come home so they can race them down the way.  Two more lambs born this morning.  Pictures soon or you can find me on Instagram -  menolly44. We're off to dinner and groceries in a bit, I need to go  make lists

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

All tuckered out

The lambs had a big day today in the outside world.  They are so fun to watch at this age.

Sunday, April 09, 2017

Ain't she sweet?

I guess I'd be giving up the stink eye if I was her mum too. This is Frosty , Angel and Big Al.  They are all doing well today.

The reality of farming hit hard last night.  Luckily Vikki was "easily fixable" (they just stuff everything back in and sew them shut for a day) The Shepherd had prepared himself that he might have to put her down.  The magic of antibiotics, she's doing okay tonight.

Stink eye, ha ha ha

I was getting a little too close to Angel and Big Al.  Mom was not amused. 

Saturday, April 08, 2017

More lambs and trouble in the barn

This is Angel, one of the new lambs we have today on the farm.  Two moms, Frostiana and and Vikki.  Angel is Frosty's .  Sadly Vikki lost her ewe lamb (darn!) and we almost lost Vikki to a prolapsed uterus. 

Thanks to the great vet from Kulshan Vet Hospital in Linden, who put her back together.  We have to give her shots for the next three or four days .  Whoopee....

Wonderful woollies farm sale!

We're at the Wonderful Woollies Farm & Fleece sale today.  Well, The Shepherd isn't here yet because another one of the ewes went into labor just as we were leaving.  More later!

Friday, April 07, 2017


Allison has a very nice black fleece.  No white anywhere but on her head, and her tongue (often an indicator of the color she'll be, ie black tongue, dark fleece, pink tongue, light fleece,) is black on the top and pink on the bottom!  So who knows.  The shepherd did say she has a healthy set of lungs...

Proud papa

First lambs of the year born on Wednesday.  This is Jefferson's first "crop" of lambs.  So far, so good.