The trouble with simple living is that, though it can be joyful, rich, and creative, it isn't simple. ~Doris Janzen Longacre

The best way to bring a sustainable change in the world around me is by bringing the change in myself

Monday, August 27, 2012

We learn a little more each day ...

Been awhile since I popped in here, My days have been busy with the Animals, bottle feeding the lambs and spending time with my Grandson Cobi before they fly back to South Africa. (So not happy about that) we have been up to the property twice in the last month getting ready for the fire season, lots of mowing and brushcutting, dealing with out of hand lantana. The lantana seems to take over and pop up everywhere if given half a chance and that is exctly what happened, it's everywhere. Going to be a huge job to get rid of it. Miss Lashes's lamb is doing great, he is doing a great impersonation of a Cabana sausage "Round and Fat". Miss Bella had twin on a very cold night and both the baby lambs got sick, one I had to take away because he could not stand up at all so would have died without that first milk. She would not accept him back after that and so he had to be bottled feed. Unfortunately we lost our baby lamb last night the vet had warned us it was going to be rough but we pulled him through only to lose him to bloat last night, might have be different if we had not been out to fetch Tanya from the airport. Suppose it's like having servere colic so I massaged some of the wind out and poop while Tanya mixed the vegetable oil and disprin and then feed it to him. He got a hotwater bottle and way a lot more comfortable. late night for some of us but still we lost him. There is so much to learn ... if you know of a better method please share Cobi was a little upset last night and even said 3 prayers for the little lamb. So sweet ... so far we have 5 lambs for this season 2 ewes and 3 rams that should keep him happy Until nexttime have a lovely day Rina

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Goodbye Miss Lashes ...

Some things just can't be helped for, you need to make that decision for the sake of the rest of your flock of sheep. Once before on a friends blog Aunt Krissy, she wrote how she had to put down her goats, I felt so sorry for her cause she did honestly love them. So yesterday when I had to call the shots, I knew the flock come first. Miss Lashes is with us no more, but all is not lost, she has gone to Pathology at The University of Sydney for a case study .
I took some pics of her after I had spoken to the vet, arranging for him to examine her at home, and he just confirmed she had lost mobility and her condition had deteriated so badly, there really was no turn around for her. (I still get a bill for the call out)
But there is something she has left behind, She hung on just for this little mite. After his birth we started bottle feeding as she had no milk, leading us to suspect she had Mastitis, diarrhea, and lost of weight. But even with all the care and antibiotics, Miss Lashes just went down hill very fast. Yesterday was the day I had decided to end it when she lost all mobility. Mr Big Ears Dennis, who will be 21 days old on Wensday, is going to miss his mommy .
Mr Big Ears Has now got aunty Sally who is due to give birth any moment, as is Bella, Bella's Mum, Stella.
Who said farm life was easy? Until next time Rina