Monday, 22 September 2014

All Back to Normal

Kate has found a new home - man we all missed her. Felt really weird not having her in our bathroom. She has gone to a lovely family who ave 10 acres to romp about on and is going to be a pet lamb for the children,

Isn't she just pure cuuuute

Kate was taken down by the cattery for toilet training. Ollie was fascinated with her

Beau got right down to say hello but Sienna stayed up on top of the house


Bottle feeding makes anyone the new mother and I'm telling you it is so adorable having a little lamb follow you every where.

Here's the video of her birthing day - I think this is Kate doing all the baaaaing. Poor old mumma still had another lamb to birth (she had triplets). Abbey is feeding her some sheep nuts which we laced with rescue remedy

The barn is all fixed. The builder sure was dedicated he even worked in hail and rain.

Brent and I talked about using the same business to build me my woman cave. Brent and James out the fences and gates all back in place again.

The boys have been putting everything back in place

The old truck is pleased to be back inside out of the elements.

Plus they are making room for the new toy to arrive.

This old pickup truck is currently in a container in the middle of the ocean coming by boat to New Zealand all the way from California USA.

Sunday, 21 September 2014

So much to look forward to

I sure am pleased today's weather is looking promising for Tulip Sunday. It is held every year at the Wellington Botanic Gardens. A day to celebrate spring and Dutch culture. In fact the Wellington City Council has some really neat events planned this week. I love seeing the tulip gardens every year.

I'm a head in my studies. My gifts I have been sewing are all finished. Lambing has ended for the year (another lamb was born yesterday),

I do have to get a few chores done before I head off on my trip next Sunday. Do you know my friend has given me firm instructions I'm not allowed to bring Kate the bottle fed lamb with me. That there is NO way she will have Kate the lamb in her bathroom.

As I don't travel I've booked myself my very own cabin with an en suit so if I need to be sick I can do it away from everyone else. I'm being terribly brave going all by myself. It's my friends 50th Birthday and I've only visited her place once in nearly 15 years since she moved to the South Island.

As I'm all a head with things I needed to do I do so hope to get into Wellington to some of this coming weeks events. I'd especially like to attend Flowers close-up with NZ photographer Simon Woolf and the murder and mayhem twilight walk through the cemetery and of course the talk on plants that poison, strangle and snare.


A friend is taking me to WOW - World of Wearable Art. I'm very excited about this and seeing her son dance in the show

So many wonderful things to look forward to this coming week.

Saturday, 20 September 2014

The baby

Good morning! This was the little face I was greeted with in our bathroom. I must admit it is hard having a baby lamb in your bathroom, She is in a pen, But our old 1900 villa only has one toilet which is in the bathroom. So we all tend to hold as we  don't want to wake the baby up.

I have her milk all made up and it just has to be measured out and warmed in hot water.
While it is warming I was able to SNEAK to the loo. But the baby heard me and started baaaaaaing. Not for long thankfully so as not to wake the family as I had her bottle ready.
 It's all about timing,


Am I one of the luckiest gals in the world or what? I put her on Trade Me yesterday but I'm already getting attached to her. I've given her a name and secretly call her it but haven't told the family. Shhhh
My hope is for her to go to another lifestyle block where she will make wonderful memories for some children of bottle feeding her and to be their pet. Bottle fed lambs make the best pets

 Abbey has been doing the day time feeds,

 The baby just wants more and more so starts nuzzling your jeans.

 nuzzle nuzzle

We don't follow the instructions on the milk packet of three 250mls feeds per day. Instead we feed six times a day - little and often as a mother would. Sure prevents any scouring - lessons we learned along the way of having sheep for 14 years.

When the kids were little they got set feeding times of the lambs so there was no fights. I always got the middle of the night and early morning feeds. Brent always got the evening feeds to do

We all still so much enjoy bottle feeding a lamb

Look at those legs spread out. We make the lambs work for their dinner just as a mumma ewe does. Holding the bottle low about where a mumma sheeps udders are and pulling on the bottle. We stop in the middle of feed so lambs can burb or get their breath as man they can just greedily gobble down their milk super fast.

She has a touch of ginger on her legs... but ginger is not the name I've been secretly calling her.

What name would you pick for her?

One hundred and twenty one years a go.

Yesterday I went and placed my vote. As a female I took a moment to thank Kate Sheppard, who led the campaign for women's suffrage.Yesterday was 121 years since women in New Zealand became the first in the world to win the right to vote in national elections. New Zealand woman led the way for other woman of the world. I am a proud Kiwi!

This election has been a bit of a circus. I found I nodded along with a Face Book Share. 

I am angry, really angry. This is our election, an election for all New Zealanders to make up their minds after listening to party policy announcements and the candidates, whom they would vote for. I am angry because it has been sabotaged by a bunch of foreigners who care nothing for this great country of ours. Take last night's circus at the Auckland Town Hall. Who were the major players? First of all, we have Kim Dotcom, who has bought his way into NZ and is fighting tooth and nail to ward off the FBI who are after him because of his illegal activities. Then we have Edward Snowden, an American citizen,who is holed up in Russia of all places so as to avoid extradition to the US to face treason charges. Then we have Glenn Greenwald, Snowdens' mouthpiece, also an American citizen, but who lives in Brazil. Finally he have Julian Assange, an Aussie, who has been cowering in the Ecuadorean embassy in London for two years in order to avoid extradition to Sweden to face s** charges. God almighty, what a bunch of no hopers and here they are holding the media in their thrall and distracting ordinary New Zealanders from their political rights. Bugger off, all of you and leave us in peace, we New Zealanders are quite capable of making our own minds up 

I hope who I voted for gets in. It's the first time all of our family can vote - my babies are all grown up.