Vermont Winter ~ Posting with Anna Goodling

Last week, winter raged with wind and snow, making fences grow shorter and hay feeders disappear. The distant mountains were white on white and the snow plow left a swirl of snow behind it. Friends and relatives sent messages that read, “I know you’ll be glad when spring arrives.” or “Stay inside where it is warm.” They do not understand … Read More

Three Things to Love About Gotlands: Part I

We have had Gotland sheep on our farm for two years now. In that time, we have discovered many things that we love about Gotlands and their personalities. I thought I would share with you some of our most favorite character traits. Gotland Sheep – Fun Loving & Playful It is a delight to go out and do chores each … Read More

Sheep and Winter Storms

I am often asked how my sheep can survive the harsh Vermont winter storms. Yesterday our first big snow storm hit with a vengeance. We woke to swirling snow, subzero wind chills, and deep snow banks.  With proper shelter and feed, our sheep have no difficulty with these winter conditions and cold temperatures. Proper Shelter Well ventilated…protection from wind…plenty of space … Read More

Four Distinct Eating Habits in Sheep & the Personality Traits That Go With Them

Eating habits and personality traits seem to go hand in hand when it comes to sheep. Here are four distinctly different eating habits, and the personalities that go with them, in my flock of Gotland sheep. Social eaters enjoy the company of family and friends while eating. Food is essential to bonding and social interactions. Social eaters put the needs of others … Read More

The Season of Restoration, Reflection & Knitting

Winter seems to have settled in on our Vermont farm, and it is the season for restoration, reflection, and knitting. After spending 8 months caring for new lambs, teaching fiber art students and serving overnight visitors to the farm,  I  look forward to winter. I love the short days and long nights. It is the time for hot tea, fires … Read More

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