The fresh snow admittedly makes the Christmas lights look prettier.
One of my favorite parts of seeing the first snowfall is watching the animals' reactions to the new ground cover, especially the lambs that are experiencing their first winter, and their first taste of snow.
At first the lambs are afraid to take those first unsure steps into this unfamiliar landscape. Soon curiosity takes hold and once they become brave enough to test the footing, the romping and head-butting ensues and the pasture is full of life once again.
Yesterday, I broke up the breeding groups and the girls were thrilled to be back together in their snowy pasture, renewing their friendships and catching up on boyfriend gossip.
I put the rams back together too. Luckily my mature ram is very docile and the younger boys are not confident enough to try to challenge him, so the reintroductions went rather smoothly.
Rocky (the wether) didn't think it went so smoothly though, once again he seemed to be the object of affection for the boys that had just returned from the breeding pens....lucky for him he is a fast runner, and the deep snow slowed his pursuers down a bit.
Arturo will go back with all of the girls in a couple weeks as my clean-up ram ( to breed any ewes that didn't settle with the other rams). He knows that he is handsome, posing for his picture.
Unfortunately, with breeding season coming to an end and the onset of winter, Hero is for sale now. I just can't keep this many rams over the winter. There is more info about Hero on my "Shetland Sheep for Sale" page (above) on this blog.
The biggest fan of this change in weather? Emma, of course. Or more specifically, Emma and Jolly Ball. Emma + snow+ Jolly Ball = happy dog.
Ande....not so much a fan of the snow. The slightest hint of wind or cold and he heads for the comfort of the straw-filled barn. Yup, he is quite the guard llama.
"I don't like it either!"
I apologise in advance for any future postings regarding winter weather, because, I can assure you that I will not be talking about how pretty it is. In the meantime, I will enjoy it today for it's clean beauty-just don't ask me about it tomorrow.