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Edna Leigh
Northern New England
I Live and I care
Interests: Continuing to live and to care.
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The 4th Nor'Easter in 3 weeks was a total bust for us. Here are a few picture of the March Storms and a couple of pics from February cause they came out nice. Bessy and the rams. Often sung to the tune of "Benny and the Jets". Skiing on the pond. We spent out first overnight on the island in February. Baaabra the hair sheep is shedding out nicely. The sisters who are only part hair sheep are shedding a lot more nicely their second spring. But will they shed completely? Findley and chicken Continue reading
Posted Mar 23, 2018 at Red Pony Farm: A journey in motion
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Baaabra's Katahdin lamb triplets at 2 weeks old. I had to stop an minute--has it really been 2 weeks? Yup it has. Baaabra's infection is healing nicely--judged by her amazing appetite and no longer taking up residence under the heat lamp. The latter along with the unpleasant smell of the vaginal bleeding being what prompted me to take her temp 9 days ago and discover the fever. We were able to meet the vet at the clinic to pick up meds even though it was a Sunday. She never go sick enough to stop eating or nursing. She is an amazing mother!! Larry's Katahdin /Dorper/ Tunis twins at 1 week old. Larry has not bonded with the little white ram with the brown ear tips (thus named Tippy by number 3 grandson). The little guy has managed to get plenty to eat by sneaking up from behind his mother and nursing from between her back legs. He gets pooped on a lot--but he get fed and is therefore a happy little ram. Hhhmmm, I don't think the little brown ewe has a name yet. Here is Curly and her little ram lamb (also K/D/T) Finley. This weekend past I put... Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2018 at Red Pony Farm: A journey in motion
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I couldn't believe it Monday night at 9:30 PM when it became obvious that Curly was not going to deliver her lamb without assistance from the Vet. I was told this was rare when we had to have the vet come deliver Baaabra's triplets last weekend--and I shouldn't let it discourage me from breeding next year. This was the third failed natural birth out of three at RPF for 2018 and the second in two days. I felt like crying--I would have cried if I wasn't just too wiped out to feel much of anything. Ray tried to get Curly's almost born little ones front legs in the right position. It wasn't working. I knew from trying and giving up with Curly's sister Larry 22 hours ago--that we would likely need experienced help. You have to push the protruding face back in far enough to straighten the front legs and get the shoulders through. It is SO SO much harder than it sounds--especially when the ewe yells in agony at the onset of the reverse pressure. It is gut wrenching for we who are perhaps overly sympathetic farmer gals. This newest little one had a large purple tongue sticking out... Continue reading
Posted Feb 7, 2018 at Red Pony Farm: A journey in motion
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Baaabra and the new triplets 20 hours old. She had 3 ram lambs this year. Good we won't be temped to keep any more rams--two is enough! we went with Maine State Park names this year. Right to left in order of birth #1 Baxter, #2 Bradbury, #3 Sebago. Last years she delivered her triplets with ease, cleaned and fed them all with no assistance. It was a difficult birth this year. I now think she would have delivered before midnight Friday if Baxter had presented with both front feet along side his nose. I checked on her 4 times during the night found her pawing the floor and stretching. I couldn't detect how much discomfort she was in. She is very stoic. At 6:30 AM she was down and obviously stressed. The vet was there within 30 minutes. Little Baxter took 15 minutes to come round and #2 was slow to arrive. After 40 minutes When Baxter was not up on his feet I carried him to his mothers udder and he drank while she was still laid out and trying to deliver Bradbury. He ended up needing some assistance as well. #3 popped out shortly after full of... Continue reading
Posted Feb 2, 2018 at Red Pony Farm: A journey in motion
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Bess will not go to freezer camp with this years lambs in December. She will grow up and be bred next summer when she turns two. Someone on the farm has gotten very attached to her, and I'm finding it hard to say no to him. We all have gotten pretty attached to her really. We will never be prudent farmers. Bess and her new best friend Sheepscott the new Katahdin ram will be hanging out on the farm this winter and before we know it--frolicking in the snow. Continue reading
Posted Nov 9, 2017 at Red Pony Farm: A journey in motion
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This is where my Sister (1962) Mother (1989) Father (2006) and now my brother (2017) are buried. I stopped in this morning with the intent of getting a photograph of the markers all newly lined up and leveled and clean. I had them clean the older stones so they would match my brothers new stone. Unfortunately a lot of new loam was used in the process of leveling and after the heavy rain we have had the faces of the markers were unreadable from the splattered mud and I had nothing to clean them up with. I am the only one left from our little family--lots of interesting feelings come along with that reality. But the thoughts and feelings are flowing well not getting stuck I think, so it's all good. I spent a lot of time in this cemetery as a child. My parents did all the mowing and trimming once a week for quite a few years. Some of my earliest memories are of crawling amongst the headstones. I remember feeling proud when I was old enough to use the hand held trimming shears myself. It took both of my hands to work the blades but I could... Continue reading
Posted Nov 3, 2017 at Red Pony Farm: A journey in motion
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I found this dog house for a great price on the side of the road on my way to work one day this summer. I couldn't resist. It's huge enough for 2 Katahdin / Dorper lambs. Henry may have hated it but Val and Patches seem to think it's just right (although now at Nov 02 they just barely fit). Another hot day. These girls ( and the new Katahdin ramster Sheepscot) will nap in the shade until late late afternoon on days like this. The solar farm creates shade for these rams. Continue reading
Posted Nov 2, 2017 at Red Pony Farm: A journey in motion
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I could have spent the entire day in this spectacular hillside cemetery. This one grave site in particular for Arthur Ryerson who was lost on the Titanic really made me feel like I was in a sacred place. I hope to return when I have more time. Continue reading
Posted Aug 16, 2017 at Red Pony Farm: A journey in motion
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The Ducklings are growing so fast. This photo is already 16 days ago and they have nearly feathered out. I am always behind with my photos. It was Webster the Grey or what is known as "Violet" Muscovy sat and hatched 18 eggs. She would have done so weeks earlier in the season I think but we didn't understand that she was waiting for the pile to get big enough. when we found 8 or 10 eggs not being warmed constantly we assumed we didn't have a brooder sort of duck so we ate the eggs. Then my daughter read up on the habits of Muscovy ducks and we left the eggs alone after that. The other two Gustav and Michelle. Michelle is now now thinking about sitting on a big pile of eggs too. Bessy Boo is growing nicely. We had soo much grass for several months. Right up until about 1 week or so ago. Now we are in drought again and had to have a couple of round bales delivered. The Solar Farm went on Line mid June. The owner is happy, We are happy, the sheep are happy. With the bit of shade it provides the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 16, 2017 at Red Pony Farm: A journey in motion
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Still relying on my favorite Daughter to capture photos: The Solar farm is nearly complete, 5 rows just as nice and straight as this with a hoped for output of 100 KW for the owner who leases the space it sits on from us. They did a great job with the installation and the excavation. And still we don't have solar for the farm--which seems odd to some folks. Our electric bill is ~700.00 a year so the math of buying a system for us just doesn't work. Though we may go off grid and rig up solar panels of our own for power at some point. Anyhoo, the fencing goes back up around the array this weekend and we will be grazing the rams out there. The new pig pen is going to be out beyond the array for 2017--another experiment in land clearing by porcine. And speaking of piggies: The Gloucestershire Old Spots are here. They were already people friendly! So fun to around. I have ordered a new memory card for the old camera in hopes that will fix its issue. I wish I had it for Wednesday evening on the island watching the Canadian Geese was... Continue reading
Posted May 19, 2017 at Red Pony Farm: A journey in motion
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Me and the Man backing off the island Sunday. We did a relay to get everyone to and from. No more walking across the ice bridge on the marsh. It's close to shore though but still 1/2 mile to the car. We saw an American Bittern in the cat tails, it flew up into a tree right above our heads so we could get a good long look at it for identification in the bird book. I cannot wait to stay over and hear its unique mating call! We saw a lot of Common Merganser and Canadian geese. There is a goose nesting among the cat tails within sight from the island. I really should carry a camera! Mother and daughter hiking back to the car. She is sometimes sneaky with that fancy IPhone of hers. Back on the farm. Baabra and Curly. Little Moe. Rhoadie, one of the Red Pony Farm Egg Production crew. Hairy the Ram. Continue reading
Posted Apr 18, 2017 at Red Pony Farm: A journey in motion
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February 15 2017 from the end of the driveway. More than a foot of additional snow fell between the two photos. It's melting fast now, and Old Grassy Lake had more water in it than I have seen in my 5 springs since moving here. This gully doesn't hold water once the ground thaws and the melt and spring rain stop flowing in--not even long enough for frogs to find it. But the Muscovy Ducks found it. I was afraid I had lost them when I could not get them out of it Sunday night. They did manage somehow to survive the night with the owls and foxes. Monday at day break they were ready to come in but couldn't remember where the gate back to the inner yard was! I showed them and they rushed into the coop and went straight to bed and didn't come out into the yard for hours! Continue reading
Posted Apr 13, 2017 at Red Pony Farm: A journey in motion
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We love our little farm but it's great to get away too. A 3 hour drive and a 2500 foot hike is all it takes to access our 12 acre wood lot retreat. And the hike in is downhill both ways! Sled in and sled out. Kalwall and with a floor that's just 50 square feet--so no permit needed. The wood stove keeps it quite warm and with the sleeping loft overhead there really is enough room. It's amazing what you can do with free stuff. The composting toilet has 3 glass walls with fabulous views. the hot tub can be seen in the foreground (an old cast iron tub with a fire pit beneath it) A single solar panel and a truck battery provide power for a string of lights and a TV/DVD player for watching a movie from the local library. The sledding was epic this particular weekend. Trekking out to check on the spring. It's a bit of a hike through the hardwood. YAY! running water. The best water ever! And then back to the Hot house and more sledding, more relaxing, more conversation without daily live on the farm interruptions. Peace and quite except for the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 23, 2017 at Red Pony Farm: A journey in motion
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The little Lambs are growing! If you wonder why it looks like Baarbara's wool is falling off, it's because it is. Only it's not wool. She is a hair sheep and has no wool--just hair. She grows a very thick coat of winter hair that is falling out in clumps now that the days are getting longer. Continue reading
Posted Mar 23, 2017 at Red Pony Farm: A journey in motion
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Larry, Curly, and Moe 10 days old. named in order of birth. two girls first and the third a boy. In the photo they are Curly, Moe and Larry left to right. At about 26 days old. At about 37 days old. Hairy the Ram meeting Bessy. Continue reading
Posted Feb 23, 2017 at Red Pony Farm: A journey in motion
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Merry Dog wrapped in a wool sweater and hat sits by the fire warming up after she was rescued from an unplanned dip in the icy pond. This is one of the treasures we found in the cabin, along with the antique Mr. Potato-head, a deed from the 1800's and oh so much junk! it's great for warm up breaks while we work to clear out the cabin and insulate the floor before installing the new wood stove. We had hauled out the insulation on a sled for the job that day. This is the hole that opened up from the current of the brook swelled with rain and melt off during our extreme and prolonged January Thaw this year. The hole that Merry dog got too close to. Though the water is only about 4 - 4 1/2 feet deep she could not get purchase enough to haul herself out and within 4 minutes had lost the ability to get her front legs up on the ice and was finding it hard just to tread water. The man had found a rope and I grabbed a 5 foot plastic sled with the 4 pieces of 2" x 8' rigid... Continue reading
Posted Jan 26, 2017 at Red Pony Farm: A journey in motion
I lost my camera! I've been looking for days. Our very first lamb birth and no camera. I don't have an I Phone. Maybe I can link to my daughters photos? https://www.instagram.com/raysflora/ They are Red with a few white spots they were born early evening Monday night so I got to watch it all. It was so very hard to watch #2 way off in the corner trying to climb the wall, gooey sack hanging over her eyes and back, bleating intently. Momma was busy with #1 and still in labor. She made deep low sounds but the tiny thing didn't change her course up the wall in the corner 10 feet away! I had to leave after 20 minutes of that. I didn't dare intervene and I knew it was not a desperate situation till after an hour or so. I came back in 30 minutes and she was with Momma and sister getting cleaned up and finding her first milk. #3 (the little ram) came 2 hours later. I would check on them several times until I saw the After-birth had passed and the little ones had found the warm bed under the heat lamp, then I slept.... Continue reading
Posted Jan 20, 2017 at Red Pony Farm: A journey in motion
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This is the driveway paddleway to our newly acquired Island paradise. It's very secluded with wildlife Management area on one side and a single owner on the other side of this ~mile long rather river like pond of shallow waters. Besides our little cabin there is one other home on the pond. Nearly all the banks are nicely sloped. I think it adds to the quite on the pond. It's seems as though the sounds of civilization flow by over our heads and we are undisturbed. It should mean some excellent sledding this winter and I do not mean the motorized version. Although the trees are rather dense in these photos there are some spots that have a more welcoming feel for navigating in the plastic sled. The landing. this is the inlet end of the pond which is also the shallowest. there is a tree down over the water as the inlet narrows quite a ways upstream (left in the photo) blocking passage by kayak. It is kind of interesting that the inlet is a brook which runs very close to Red Pony Farm. We spent a lovely fall afternoon on our new Island recently. We just discovered the... Continue reading
Posted Dec 2, 2016 at Red Pony Farm: A journey in motion
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Bessy arrived Saturday from the farm in Paris ME. She is caked in mud but otherwise fine. She weighs just 400 pounds apparently. I would have guessed 300 tops. But what do I know? She stood and stared during our visits for two days and only ate / drank when alone. Raych attempted to get her used to people companions by making herself small. She was able to get a few nose pats in. This morning Bessy is much less tense. She is eating more and drinking more. She was curious about the muck bucket and fork and came right over and sniffed them. I told her she will be amazed at what a great back-scratcher the plastic fork will make. She is not ready for that just yet. She did let me rub her neck and shoulder all through her breakfast of Opti-Calf grain. I was glad to see that she is not depressed today; this I judged when I brought the bucket of fresh water in and she kicked up her heels as she skittered off to the back of the stall. It seemed a lot like frolicking to me. Once she is halter broke she can go... Continue reading
Posted Nov 22, 2016 at Red Pony Farm: A journey in motion
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We took a trip on the Conway Scenic Railway Monday. It was an unusually gorgeous day in October for a train ride. We rode first class but spent an hour or so in the open car. There is a dome car too but that sells out a year in advance. You can see the line in the trees slanting along the slope to the right and disappearing at the back of the notch, that's the railway back to Conway. For more pics and details: The Notch train Continue reading
Posted Oct 20, 2016 at Red Pony Farm: A journey in motion
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Flopsy Mopsy and in the middle the Big Bopper. Mr Black Jack and I think Kevin with Hairy in the back ground. They ar Katahdin/ Dorper/ Tunis. This is Baaabara's backside. She is Katahdin and was expected to give birth in September. It's now Oct 20th and she is finally getting bigger but no babies yet. We think maybe she didn't get bred till she went in with our boys in July. Their will be baby pics --maybe for Christmas. The ducks, Quackers and company patiently waiting for the pond to be cleaned. Yipee! clean water! We managed to grow some pumpkins though it took a lot of extra sprinkler time and electricity running the pump. Continue reading
Posted Oct 20, 2016 at Red Pony Farm: A journey in motion
We are in the negotiation phase of leasing a chunk of land to a solar farm association. It's sort of scary as there are so few. I would really love to hear form someone out there in any state who has done this. I'll be updating on the progress. Continue reading
Posted Oct 12, 2016 at Red Pony Farm: A journey in motion
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We enjoyed him for 5 years, independent nocturnal barker that he was. He was so full of fun and cuddle. He loved everyone but kept his tongue to himself (unlike Merry Dog). then one day he got a limp in his left front leg. He had the form of cancer that eats away at bone and metastasizes rather quickly. He was less than 2 months from little limp to high doses of two painkillers was not allowing weight bearing. We buried him next to the oak sisters not far from the fire pit where we gather on summer evenings. Merry Dog greeting Av when he came home from an long day at Clinic. One of their last nights together. It's been really great getting to know Merry Dog as an only dog. One of the best discoveries is that we could tell her not to eat the chickens and ducks and she just stopped. That had never worked when she was 1/2 of the Av / Merry team. She doesn't harass the sheep either. We were very amused to discover that she jumps over the three foot wire mesh fence with the electric rope topper (which is off on most... Continue reading
Posted Sep 30, 2016 at Red Pony Farm: A journey in motion
. . .and it makes me a bit sad. She worked hard all the time I knew her to reduce calories, eliminate fats and cholesterol and get enough exercise. She had quadruple bi-pass surgery before she was 55 and died of a massive heart attach 9 years later. It never occurred to her or us or her doctor that she may have been doing it wrong. We had all so completely bought into the Diet -heart hypothesis that we believed it had to be something in her genes. But as I am discovering the whole story through several books I have read and am reading this year I understand how hypothesis can become Dogma and how a whole nation can change it's way of eating based on misinformation and fail to question any of it in the face of increasing levels nation wide ill-health. But rather than get angry I feel the best response is to be be grateful and to spread the word. Here are a few facts that will change your life. Eating Fat will NOT make us fat. Eating cholesterol will not increase your risk of heart disease, but may well protect your brain from Alzheimer's. The... Continue reading
Posted Sep 23, 2016 at Red Pony Farm: A journey in motion