Category Archives: Sheep

It’s Life! Lambs at Heatherhope

Consideration of torn ligaments, aching joints and joint replacements have caused Connie and me to not breed and lamb these past couple of years. The absence of lambs has left a hollowness in our lives each spring. Because, like all … Continue reading

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Easter 4B: Good Shepherd Sunday and Earth Day

The Gospel reading for this Sunday is part of John chapter 10–Jesus discourse on himself as the Good Shepherd (John 10:11-18). Wendell Berry distinguishes between farmers who are married to the land and others who rape the land. I see … Continue reading

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Passionate Parenting and God

In Matthew 23 (as well as Luke 13) Jesus knows he is about to love us perfectly, even if he gets killed for it. His grief overwhelms him and he says, “Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and … Continue reading

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Good Shepherd Sunday

The Fourth Sunday of Easter is, famously, Good Shepherd Sunday. The Gospel reading for this Sunday is John 10.1-10.   I was asked to provide a video from our sheep farm that would give a little insight as to what … Continue reading

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What a Difference a Day Makes

They say about our part of the country, “If you don’t like the weather, wait 15 minutes.” Well, from yesterday to today there has been a bit of a shift. Here are the sheep grazing in our north pasture in … Continue reading

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Blogging in a Time of Pandemic

Isn’t it a loving God who put inside each of us the yearning to belong—to feel the presence of others—to complete someone else and have them complete us? Perhaps Covid-19 is the earth’s way of crying out to us. It … Continue reading

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Say It With Your Body

“Lean on him!” That’s what Gordon Watt used to say when I was working my young, excitable dog, Zac. It has taken me years to understand all that was bound up with that tiny bit of advice. We just completed one … Continue reading

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Another Snowy, Character-building Gordon Watt Clinic

It happened late last April. It happened again this Halloween. Our semi-annual Gordon Watt clinic here at Heatherhope Farm is getting to be the kind of thing that builds real character. It was in 1895 that we last had an … Continue reading

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Sheepdog Demonstrations 2019

For all of human history there has been a bond between people, land, and animals. The Creator God has given us to each other. In spite of the industrialization of agriculture we all feel the need for to feel part … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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