After living with a tech guy, Brandon , for so long I became more hesitant to use new technologies. Mostly because my tech sweetie, would repair,correct or do anything I needed....I was very spoiled. But now I am on my own and have to deal with covid 19 and how it will effect how sales will be performed at the farm or farmers markets. So I have bought a smart phone and am using Brandon's tablet to do Square sales for credit cards. I find sometimes I just feel overwhelmed with what needs to be done....but I realized that I am organizing it my way and I can change things when I need to. I am hoping to do more pre-ordering on line or via email with just pick up at the markets. I am working on changing my setup of the good things in jars to make it easier for me to load bags for customers with less contact. This can be difficult as the market is a very social place....but those who are at risk should not be ignored and we must be aware of their safety. I look forward to seeing everyone who can come out to the markets once they are underway. Stay safe, wear a mask, wash your hands and support your local farmer.
My chickens were attacked this afternoon by an aerial predator. The chicken who was killed was one of the more dominant girls. Now I have to catch the scattered girls one at a time as they are frightened. I don't blame them...it was probably very traumatic. So I am off to gather the girls and get them back into the coop.
I did catch almost all the girls but they were very wary of me, so I brought Zorra out to help, but she got a bit too excited and tried to bit one of the girls as I put her in the pen. Luckily for Zorra she only nipped my glove, but I corrected her and she didn't try it again. I think there are 2 more chickens who are hiding, possibly in the sheep barn. I will check when I go out to feed the sheep.
As they say April Showers brings May flowers.....but I would prefer long green grass for the sheep. The land around is starting to green up, but it is still chilly and cloudy. The sheep are getting a bit stir crazy and are also starting to shed their winter coats. Hair sheep shed in clumps and those who have more wool in their coats makes it look like dredlocks.
One of my young ewes named Rosie is starting to shed and she has great lengths of very soft wool that has a touch of lanolin hanging below her existing coat. But Rosie has a wool/hair rug so I have to help her to loosen the very soft fluff . Once I get things loosen up underneath her rug she will be able to rub it off using the trees, shelves in the barn and any place that she can rub against. It is very interesting to see the piles of loose fluff , looking like a sheep has blown up. But more interesting is when a sheep manages to get off a complete rug and you see it hanging from a bush or tree. All I can think of is Jason and the Argonauts in search of the golden fleece. So spring on the farm brings green grass and white and brown fluff around the fields . As they say April Showers brings May flowers.....but I would prefer long green grass for the sheep.
Mary Will Sussman