A Typical Evening

It could have been an ordinary Thursday at Tower Ranch. There were chores to be done, animals to feed, and dinner to cook. But there was also lambs to play with. But first, the girls wanted my attention. Today was the day that we decided to put the lambs outside, with their mother of course….

Lamb Watch 2014

Waiting for lambs is like waiting for paint to dry. You know it’s going to happen but you just don’t know when. It depends on the thickness of the paint, how it was applied, the relative humidity in the air and room temperature, among other things. Waiting on Lambs is much the same. We know…

Bald is Beautiful

Christmas presents come with pretty wrapping paper and frilly bows indicative of the great lengths we go to in order to decorate and disguise the gifts we’ve purchased for our loved ones. Then Christmas morning sees us staring longingly at all colorful packages waiting anxiously until we can open them up and see what’s inside….

Too Many Nameless Ones

We need your help. Once again we have sheep that need names. Some had names before they came here, some didn’t. We give them nicknames but then we have to explain to each other which sheep we mean when we mention them because we’ve never declared a proper name and the nicknames can change depending…

Moving On

What a busy couple weeks. The 15 year old had a football injury that was surgically repaired and he’s finally to a point where he can be more responsible for his own care. ¬†Yay for him, but also yay for me, it’s a lot of work having to care for another. Don’t get me wrong,…

Things I Love

I love watching the puppies grow into mature guardians. They are not yet 4 months old and they are so well behaved with their sheep. They patiently watch as their sheep exit the night pen and head out to graze. Morning chores happen about 5 am here, it’s dark and quiet and really very peaceful….

New Sheep

Nothing speeds a recovery like new furry friends to cuddle. Last weekend I was in the hospital and this weekend I’m welcoming new sheep. I love my life. Jolene is a Cormo that originally came from the same flock as Missy, Katherine, Nellie and Cocoa. She is a petite little girl with gorgeous fleece and…

Busy Busy

Summer means busy days, at work and on the farm, so much to do (and of course I want to do it all) and so very little time to do it. Amanda patiently waits for dinner It occurs to me that I haven’t shared very many photo since my wonderful Teeswater joined the flock. She…

Tent City, Bug Lights, And Sheep That Go Moo

Living in Alaska teaches optimism, flexibility and versatility. On the first of April our low temperature was about 17* and on the first of May the high was 72*. Thirty days makes a big difference. The ice is melted the mud is dried up (here at least) and the sheep are battling the heat. The…