Springtime Sprouts

Life has been happening fast at and around Heatherhope these days. Back in the hay field the alfalfa and grass that Chauncey II and III (or is it III and IV?) planted a couple of weeks ago are just minutely popping their little sprouts above the ground. We are eager for the rain that the […]

Triplets Born As First Lambs of 2018

As I write this there is still a dusting of snow on the ground, but spring and new life are heralding the Easter season. The purple finch is singing it’s boisterous song just outside the window. And we are in the full swing of lambing season.

We had no births the last two lambing seasons […]

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 […]

The Animals Teach Us Advent Expectation

‘Tis the season for expectation. Pregnant waiting. Yearning flavored with confidence. Confidence born of experience.

Advent has always been a favorite time for me. Of course, as a child, it all led up to that moment when we drove home from Christmas Eve pageant, past the colored lights on the homes and along the runways of […]

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 […]

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 […]

Herding Dog Demonstrations for 2015

We invite you to join us for a herding dog demonstration where you will learn about dogs, sheep, wool, and human teamwork. That sounds like a lot, but it’s true.

 

Betty, the youngest dog we are using in our demonstrations this year, keeps her focus. Photo by Amanda Martin.

 

The first thing you will notice is […]

Handling the Primal

“I want to hold her,” Connie pleaded with me.

 

She rolled up her shirt and undershirt and took puppy Number One from me. An hour or so before I had called to Connie, “We’re losing her.”  

Puppy Number One is so small lying on Abbie’s foreleg. Photo by John

 

 

Tiny, black, with just a half of a […]