Monday, July 1, 2013

OUR WOLD & Nature Notes - Crutching Time

Today it is 5 years and 900+ posts since I made a 
tentative hop into the blogosphere

it kept me sane during the dark years of my 
husbands advancing 

step by step, I connected with many like minded bloggers
many of them became friends

one particular friend is still fighting the good daily fight in 
caring for her husband at home
I greatly respect her indomitable courage

for all this and much, much more, I am eternally grateful

Panda and her twins in the sheep yards

a little unsure of me standing at the gate 
and opting for a comforting suckle

another set of twins, this time a mixed pair
the season has been crazy, the sheep are lambing 
a good month early

play time

when one starts levitating, the others instantly join in
the light was not ideal for action shots
but I'm sure you get the idea

unfortunately a few sheep went to the big wooly white ram in 
the sky, they got too stressed being so close to lambing
but there was nothing else to be done, they just had to be 
crutched before the lambs drop, their rear ends were filthy from 
eating lush wet grass and given a sunny day, 
fly strike was a distinct possibility.

Thank you all for being such kind commenters over the years
you comments helped me greatly in the tough times.


  1. It is not hard to figure out why she is called Panda. Beaut shots of the lambs frolicking Arija. Your blog is a pleasure to read. Make sure that you mark post number 1,000 as that will be a great milestone.

  2. Shalom to you, Arija.
    Mazal tov on five whole years of blogging!

    What beautiful sheep and lambs. (I posted a lamb too, just last night.) They have a good home.

  3. so fun to see lambs leaping
    my friends dog leaps and bounds in playful ways, i love watching her.

    so lovely to know you here in blogland
    congratulations on your beautiful blog celebration

    it would be fun if you join us for gossamer. a lot of people share photographs, so if you don't come up with a drawing.... possibilities are endless. let me know if you are doing it, so that i can include your link. lovely week to you ~

  4. HI Arija...So glad that you are in the blogosphere , and to have found your blog!! : )

    There is nothing any cuter them baby lambs, they are so cute at play!!
    My daughter is a sheep farmer in northern Maine!
    She also does here own yarn from the sheering to the finished product, even the dying!!
    Yes sheep do have there issues, but that is the way it is sometimes!!

  5. Baby lambs as with baby goats are so much fun to watch.
    Blogging kept me sane as I cared for my husband during his last years. The interesting people we meet--eh? MB

  6. sweet lambs and sheep. congrats on 5 years!!!

  7. Congratulations with your blogging lustrum, I understand you had a hard time. It's such fun to see the young lambs jumping around in spring.

  8. I am sure Arija that blogging is one way to help you cope with the situation - I agree with you - friends all over the world help with one's sanity.

  9. Hi Arija! Blogging is very important. The other day somebody said to me:"You can't make friends by blogging!"But I don't agree, because in the course of 5 years I met several blogging friends here at home, Which was always very nice. Besides I have learned a lot from all of you and it helped me coping with problems, though they are not as difficult as yours. I have been thinking of you a lot! Take care Arija and survive!

  10. I am so glad to have become one of your followers on the blog.Keep on posting and sharing your world with the rest of us.

  11. Great shots of the adorable lambs. I always enjoy your posts.

  12. Sallie Rainville said:

    Must just comment on your lamb post (they are so sweet). How I wish I'd been following you for the whole five years of your blog. Your blog is one of my favorite places to visit now -- . thank you for sharing your journey and for the reminder that nature's beauty is always there even in dark times. (With every passing day, that becomes more and more important to remember.)

  13. You and I started blogging about the same time and I have so enjoyed our friendship over the years, Arija!! I do love your happy, playful lambs!! What great smiles for the day! Take care and have a lovely week!

  14. Love it. We lived on a sheep farm in the Central West of NSW for a while, and this post brings back lots and lots of memories. Where the phrase 'gentle as a lamb' comes from I don't know though. They are full of delightful energy and are NOT gentle when they head-butt their mamas for a drink.

  15. Happy Blogversary, Arija. It's been fun getting to know you and seeing your part of the world. Those leaping lambs are so cute!

  16. Congratulations on your fifth year of blogging Arija, and 900 posts. Wonderful! People also have said to me, you can't make friends with people you have never met. I disagree wholeheartedly.
    Wishing you a great week,
    An English Girl Rambles

  17. I adore lambs, they are the sweetest and these images touch a chord in my heart strings. They are precious! Happy Blogging my friend, oh so close to my own anniversary last week. You were a whole year ahead of me and so I commend you and I am so thankful that our blogging paths came together. Love and hugs~

  18. Sending big smiles around the world on this landmark day.
    Panda - I just love her! And, since bringing a pair into the world myself, all newborn twins tug at my heartstrings.
    My sister helped in their neighbors' sheep care and lambing for several years, and took in a little triplet once, that would not have made it without her round the clock care. (the farmers didn't have the time for it.)
    Oh - how we loved watching the springs on his feet!! I get the "levitating" picture very well. :)

  19. Such fun seeing your lambs, May there be many more years and delightful posts ahead,

  20. Sorry to hear about the loss of some of the lovely sheep. The lambs are so sweet. I miss lambs.

  21. Very cute! BTW, congratulations on completing 5th anniversary. Soon there will be 1K posts!

  22. You are a strong and amazing woman!

  23. Wishing you more happy years of blogging!
    Cute lambs!

  24. beautiful lamps and sheep. Happy 5th anniversary.

  25. Awesome cute!
    Congratulations on completing 5th anniversary.

  26. Hi Congratulation on your milestone event. In 2 days time, it will be 4 MONTHs for me! I have quite a bit of time to go and more learning to do. Loved the lambs. Margaret

  27. It is good to know that blogging has been such a source of comfort to you during the dark and difficult times. May you continue to write your wonderful posts for many more years to come.

  28. Happy Anniversary, Arija! I have enjoyed reading your blogs and seeing your wonderful photos. I love the cute lambs, they look so sweet! Thanks for sharing your world and post. Have a happy week!

  29. Hi there - happy 5th - and glad that out collective blogging has been a help!

    Funny how a single tree can connect us back to another landscape.

    Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

  30. Happy anniversay!! Thanks for all your ID help on the wildflowers. Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

  31. You show such joy in your photos. It must be so hard to be a strong caretaker. My father took care of my mother for five years when she was ill. He used to do Tai Chi for an hour a day at a local gym with a supportive group.

    Blogging can be a great way for people to connect. I'm glad you have had such good experiences.

  32. Congrats for completing five years of blogging and I hope you continue to blog many, many more posts,

    Wonderful shots of the lambs. They are so cute!

  33. So glad to know you as a beautiful blogger. Connecting to others is much needed, especially during hard times. Congrats on 5 years. Hugs! And the little lambs are adorable.

  34. Congrats on the five years. And keep posting. I love seeing the world of others! Oh the lambs are so cute. So cute never hurts either.

  35. The lambs look so carefree bouncing around! Quite inspiring! And a little black sheep in the white mix! Congrats too on your blogging milestone! Great achievement!

  36. I remember coming to your blog years happy that you are still here....hugs.. Michelle


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