The Blacksheep Homestead



Starting over...

Posted by Tish Toren on May 5, 2011 at 10:20 PM

Starting over on several different levels...

When Yahoo closed Geocities I lost the ability to edit or update our old website. There are still some pix and info links located at, but we are in the process of moving/reconstructing what we need here. Please bear with me as I figure out all the new editing tools and options available (and spare me the "old dog, new tricks" jokes, lol :-)

I had to farm out or sell all of our livestock last year after a cattle-handling accident left me busted up and in need of hip replacement surgery. Have recovered and been thru PT so that I can get around some but it'll be a while before I'll be able to put in a full day like I used to.

But we have chickens again, hooray, some broilers, a flock of red sexlink layers, a dozen Buff Orp ladies (anyone have a nice Buff Orp roo? These girls want to go broody and I would love to hatch out some little ones :-) turkeys and more chooks on the way.

Sophie's sweet Nubian goat, Brownie, will be returning from her stay at the neighbors' soon now that we have pasture greening up, and we have two little hi% Boer bottle babies that are growing like weeds. Am shopping for sheep, have missed having sheep on the farm and know I'll miss them more and more as the grass gets further and further ahead of me, WILL NOT spend the whole growing season running back and forth between a lawnmower and the extra off-farm job I would need to be able to afford to run it, lol!

Record April rainfall has gotten in the way of regular garden chores, but we have some blueberries planted and lots of heirloom tomatoes and other goodies started and waiting to go in as soon as it's dry enough.

Suzy and Rowdy's litter arrived on 4/21, pups are two weeks old, fat as hogs, lol, and their little eyes are open now :-) Will try to get pix posted over the weekend.

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Reply Teresa R
3:13 PM on July 28, 2011 
Tish, I'm so sorry to hear about your accident. I hope that you'll be able to recuperate fully soon.
Reply Karen
9:00 PM on November 30, 2011 
Tish, sorry to hear it's been so rough recently, but hoping things are improving. Mindy is a daily joy for us, and is certainly an entertaining attitude to say the least!! She had her first exposure to chickens this fall and with about 20 minutes of exposure and teaching she was herding them all back into their coop and not a feather lost. I was so nervous how she'd be with them but she acted like she'd been around them for years. Talk about a couple of proud puppy people! Looking forward to seeing more puppy pics from your dogs and show off some of the chickens too! And feel free to call anytime if you still have my number! :-)