Thursday, August 27, 2015

Truck Dog Three

The third pup of the trio and also Allen’s favorite.  This is Speed, perhaps soon to be Tanner; Allen and I think we should change his name. 

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Sheep Full Day

We have not done any routine gathering of the flock this summer with the stock dogs (either for the purpose of night penning or just tucking ewes into a bunch at dark) like we have in the past.  Last evening we gathered the ewes and walked them home and we could tell the difference in the way the ewes moved.   Last night felt like the first time we tried night penning several years ago, with the ewes being reluctant to go where directed.  The stock dogs worked very hard. 

Today we sorted ram lambs from the flock and tagged all the wether lambs.   This is probably the earliest we have tagged market lambs but we had to sort out ram lambs anyway, which meant taking a look at everybody, since we had our hands on them it made sense to put tags in at the same time.  It was a long and full day of sheep work with Allen doing the brunt of the tagging work and me and the Kelpies gathering and moving the group and working the large alleyway to fill the race with sheep.   I used Gibson, BJ and Cajun at various times and when it was time to move larger groups from the holding pen to the alleyway I  used two dogs together.  BJ hasn’t worked stock since having her pups. 

I do not have any photos from our sheep full day but it looked similar to this Sunday wooly workload.

I do have another truck dog photo to share though.   This time it’s BlackJack along for the morning ride.

His ears are getting help to stand like that, they still flop

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Friday, August 21, 2015

But Do You Know What It Is?

Some pieces of artwork look quite pleasing in the sketch form, as I felt this one did.

This is one of those scenes I wanted to capture in wool.  How cool would that be I thought.  Now that I’m part way through though I am wondering if others can tell what the scene is.  It looks abstract upon first glance and if abstract were what I was hoping for this would be okay, but I like to share scenes and tell stories.  

This is where it is at in the needle felting stage.  So dear readers can you tell what the scene is? 

The sketch is below if you need a clue, it seems more obvious in the sketch.  I suspect anyone who does not experience sheep on a regular basis might not see the scene at first glance, if they ever do.  I had a similar experience with an older piece of artwork, also done in wool come to think of it.  A very kind, elderly, farmer lady was trying hard to encourage my artwork but when she got to that piece she had no clue what it was and had to ask, “what is it dear?”  It was a dogs nose resting on a paw, cropped close up so you just saw the nose and paw.  It was very, very obvious to this die hard dog fan but until that point it had not occurred to me that another viewer might not have a sniff of what it was.  Even when told what the picture was she seemed confused. 

I'm wondering if this piece will be like that.  If so, a good title for this piece will go a long way. 

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Ticking Along Smoothly

While I’ve been bumping my way around in blogland, the rest of the place is ticking along smoothly.  We check guardian dogs, we check sheep, and we fence.  Before and after a day of that, I walk the stock dogs and work them.  There is no rotational grazing on our part so the ewes are taking that into their own hands, grazing where they will.   There are a lot more sheep trails on the place but the grass is holding up well and some of the lambs look to be half the size of their mothers already.  There are several of these clean white face dolls in the flock this year.  I think they have the best ears of all.