Sitting here watching Lacey, our Icelandic ewe hobbling in the pasture. Watched her awhile to see if there was something wrong with her leg/s, only to realise she's carefully navigating the ice. Would have been rather funny seeing a sheep skadaddling past on its' arse.
Helped DH off-load the hay from the truck, one into the bale feeder for the cows, the other next to the chicken yard fence. Wanted to put it down parallel to Little Africa, but the metal from the roof is lying on the ground covered in snow and it's stuck to the ground, so decided to place it elsewhere. He spoils the cows. Takes 2 buckets, OK, half buckets, of barley out to the feeder for them before going in the other gate with the hay. Me, I do the delivery and they mostly stand back and wait for me to finish. I don't like them getting that much grain but he gets naaked with me when I complain. Sort of, if you don't like how I'm doing it, do it yourself.
Had a phone call this morning looking for a Border Collie puppy. She's just preggers, hopefully. I listed the last litter on something called Pets Unlimited, but can't get it taken off. There is no self-removal route, I e-mailed admin asking them to take it down, no response.
Looks like it's raining out there, as all the sheep are making their way to the shelter, or under the leafless pear tree. They look somewhat bedraggled. Liquorice stopped, and seems to be eating either snow or grass under the snow, so the 4 lambs stopped single-file behind her. Not one of them will pass. There comes Prince, the ram. Also stopped behind them, waiting. Sheep are weird. He's impatient, pushing into them and using his front leg to paw at them, so they've bunched up behind Liquorice, bumping her. She turned and saw Prince, and they all moved out of my view, still single-file. The alpacas were also bedraggled today. Frogz came up for kisses and a neck rub while I was helping with the hay. Didn't want her jumping on me as she was wet. Fortunately she was more interested in keeping her footing than jumping on me.
Although I'm not fond of the colour, I love the capabilities of my oven. Put bacon in to cook before I went outside, timed it for 20 minutes and came back inside to perfectly cooked bacon and the oven switched off. Think I do prefer an electric oven over the gas one though, but after 4 years think I'm used to it. But love the gas cooktop, think even more so than the AEG induction I had in South Africa.
Paid a lot of bills yesterday, the last of the farm insurance for the next year, a bite out of the cars' insurances, and ordered a new starter for the big tractor from Tisco. Hopefully this is the only thing it needs. Sure miss that front loader. And to think when we first started here we didn't even have a bale spear for the little tractor. Used to pull the bales off with a tow-strap, and then drag it to where ever it was needed. Took so much longer than it does now and it's even quicker when the big tractor is working.