Fences With Gates

The center of our philosophy and our theology here at Heatherhope is our belief that God gathers and Satan scatters. If you have an allergy to God- and Satan-talk, then at least consider this basic notion that we all share a need to belong, and there are forces at large that discourage and encourage the […]

There Are Two Kinds of People

“There are two kinds of people in this world: Those who divide everyone into two kinds of people, and those who don’t.”

I put this in quotes because I’m sure I heard it somewhere before. I Googled it and found lots of funny and not so funny ways of playing around with this common, very human […]

Winter Pounces

Advent is perfectly placed in the liturgical and meteorological calendar. It provides a natural faith lesson. Jesus says, “Stay awake! Be ready!”

This was a winter arrival to test readiness. The sheep were grazing on lush grass right up to December 3. Then winter pounced like a deep darkness burglar on December 4. The weatherman predicted […]

Weeding God's Garden

Whose Dominion?

We just turned over from spring to summer. Everything is growing. It is a time to test my resolve to respect God’s dominion and consider my own.

I go out, armed with my tank full of 2,4-D strapped to my ATV, my sprayer wand in hand. It’s not hard to fancy myself seated high in […]

Farm Stroll-Meet and Greet Lambs

Last year we were a part of the first ever Farm Stroll coordinated by the University of Illinois Extension in DeKalb County. Families and individuals could visit a number of small, specialized farms in the county, and many of them enjoyed their visit to Heatherhope Farm where we told the story of sheep farming and showed […]

Herding Dog Demonstrations, 2017

Our Border Collies will show how stock dogs help farmers at  demonstrations throughout the year.

Several times a year we load up some of our sheep and our Border Collies and travel to festivals to put on demonstrations. They are herding dog demonstrations, but much more. As the dogs amaze the crowds with their focused […]

Connie's Poem "Little Lamb" On WNIJ Radio

Life on Heatherhope Farm provides inspiration.

Connie entered a poetry contest sponsored by our local NPR station, WNIJ. Of over 100 entries, she was selected as one of 6 to be read on air.

You can see her and both hear and see her poem “Little Lamb” at the station’s web site: just click here

 

Here is the text […]

Taking Life and Death Personally

Number 248 comes to me. She noses my leg.

I’m fussing with yet another ram lamb who stumbles and falls and is far too wet in her bottom fleece. I’m putting mineral in the feeders and watching if this ram lamb will partake. He does, and I’m glad for a moment.

And then 248, a bottle lamb […]

Meet and Greet the Lambs June 6

Heatherhope Farm invites everyone to “Meet and Greet the Lambs 2015” set for Saturday, June 6, from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

We have 50 sheep on hand with 19 of them being lambs born the first few weeks of April. The very last one born has a nervous mother who isn’t too good at nursing […]

Christmas Eve Reflections

On this Christmas Eve Connie and I have been touched once again by the Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols from Kings College, Cambridge, England.

 

Two bits of verse from the carols especially touched me.

 

Here is the last verse of  “In the Bleak Midwinter” words by Christina Rosetti and music by Gustav Holst:

 

What can I […]