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Friday, April 11, 2014

We salute the head matriarch



Today is Daisy's eleventh birthday. I can hardly believe how that time has passed. Daisy arrived with her mother, Rosemary, in our first year here at Apifera in 2004. I had little knowledge of raising sheep and was so lucky to have stumbled on those two, along with Joe Pye Weed who helped us build our initial flock. We lost Rosie, tragically, in the Spring of Death in '09 but her calm demeanor and leader abilities were passed onto Daisy.

I retired Daisy a few years ago. She is toothless now and her arthritis is showing more and more. She is slowing down in the fields and the other day I watched her try to keep up with the flock as they ran to the gate for dinner. It is best she stay with the flock though, rather than separate her out into the barnyard. If I ad to do that for her safety, I would, and would bring in Lilly too, her eldest daughter who is also retired.

Today I put the lambs and mothers back with the main flock. The lambs are a month and it is always exciting to have everyone back together-they greet old friends, butt some heads if necessary, sniff out the youngsters and let them know the pecking order. But in minutes, everything is calm and quiet again, with lovely white and brown shapes floating around the fields, eating grass. The two ram lambs shown here, are very nice too, really growing nicely.

The photo seen here of Daisy is included in the book, "Misfits of Love".

7 comments:

NancyGeneArmstrong said...

With-the dogs help want they be able to continue to stay in the field with the others . I know the pup is young and has not started her guarding but it won't be long with the way she is growing. Isn't the pup for guarding the sheep?

Katherine Dunn said...

Yes, she will be in upper fields-but there are valleys and such that are problematic for the elders-at some point.

Dandelion and Daisy said...

Sorry to contact you this way Katherine but I don't seem to have my computer set up to e-mail you from your site. I just wanted to let you know that I am having a problem filling out the Kickstart name and address box. I do not get a cursor on the address line. Thanks, Jan

Corrine at sparkledaysstudio.com said...

What a beautiful face. I am going to look at the book again and see her there. Every time I look at our 13 year old lab mix with his graying muzzle I think how much more beautiful he becomes with wisdom and the softness that aging brings. xox

Katherine Dunn said...

Jan- you can just message me on the Kickstarter site, or email me katherineATkatherinedunnDOTcom

Katherine Dunn said...

Corrine, our one lab is greying too-and they are beuatiful, I agree. I try to remember that when I look in the mirror or see it in myself in photos!

pencilfox said...

such a peace, on daisy's face….

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