We've been breeding the sheep for the past few weeks. Our Romney ram is taking his job very seriously and has been wooing his gals (the Romney ewes as well as the North Country Cheviots). Jed has his 5 Icelandic girls living with him but they don't seem convinced that having a male living with them is something they're interested in doing long-term.
The garlic is in, although if this warm stretch continues I might try to throw a few more rows in. It's been an unusually warm November - it's the 17th today and it is still in the low teens. They have been saying it might be a warm winter. Of course we need the freeze/thaw but my heart doesn't mind the sound of a winter where the temperatures didn't sit at -40 for 2 months. It is so hard to keep the water open for the animals.
We've had a predator visiting the pond, and so we've put the swans and ducks away in their winter hut. We think it's an owl that has been the problem. The water birds aren't crazy about being inside when it is so warm out, but until the owl moves on, at least they are safe. It feels like we can never win the battle against predators.
Soon the snow will come, but the weather has made it possible to keep checking off the to-do list and not freeze while we do it. We are thankful.