Thursday, January 10, 2013

When Will I Learn....

....that you can't leave a clipboard with paper on it anywhere that a sheep can reach?  We had just set up the scale this afternoon to weigh the lambs to see how they are growing.  We heard a vehicle pull in so we stepped outside to see who it was.  The clipboard had just been hung on a nail about five feet off the ground.  We were away for maybe 15 minutes - plenty of time apparently for the lambs to get bored, spy the clipboard and reach it by standing waaay up on their hind legs, front feet braced against the post and grabbing the paper off with their teeth.  By the time we returned the sheets were scattered through the pen with dirty hoof marks on them and pieces chewed off.

I have lots of charts set up for various groups through the year so there must have been thirty pages of info hanging there.  Happily they didn't destroy anything really vital and the bite marks are kind of endearing.  Kind of. At least it seems better to think that than get all mad about it since I DID leave them unattended.  This is the second time I've neglected to remember what  %&$*#!! clever and curious animals they are.

The big rams were uninterested in the hoopla and happy to sit and think deep thoughts.

"String Theory or Loop Quantum gravity......I'm still pondering"
Mr. Lincoln in the back - "What??  Like there's any question?  Isn't it obvious?"
We are going to have some warm weather in the next day or so, and the bright sun dog this afternoon does seem to indicate a coming change.  We wouldn't mind seeing a lot of the snow go or at least settle, and as I'm trekking to Roc Day in the Ithaca area Saturday it would be nice to travel for once in good weather instead of the usual snow storm.

Must be our January thaw, right on schedule!


  1. Oh boy...and that's why I don't let Woolliam have access to the computer. No telling what he'd send out to the world ;-).

  2. Magic is happy that there is much less snow...she's done quite a few laps of the house already today.

    For some reason, I'm trying to think of a way to incorporate the lambs' teeth marks into a project. Let's just see if something comes to me (or not).