I don’t think I’ve let a week slip by between blog posts since I first started this blog and felt so unsure about to what to write.

I took a break, partly because I’m at the point of being unsure again. I’m trying to decide where to go with this blog, including the option of ending it.

It serves as in incredible journal of this land and life, sheep and dog journey I have fallen deeply into. On the other I wonder what is the impact and value outside of myself. Is this the best use of me? Can I tell this story in another fashion? I could let this go and put time and energy into new projects and artwork. Or keep this and use it as a launchpad for those other projects. Or keep this and change it up somehow. Or stay the course because the course is familiar.

Yeah, no, I’m still not sure what to do with this.

Doing a blog is a creative venture and I always struggle to let creative ventures go, even knowing there are new and exciting ones on the horizon. I’m like that around the farm too. Well, until I figure it out, I will continue to take photos and share glimpses into this shepherd-ly life. Stay with me and stay tuned.


  1. Hi Arlette,
    My name is Gearóid Ó Fathaigh from Western Ireland. I'm currently breeding just under 100 ewes on 10 hectares (25 acre). I find your blog a fascinating insight into another shepherding world - a different landscape and climate with similar ruminants! It was on your blog that I've first learned about lgd's - until lately I didn't know these dogs were available in Ireland; but just last Tuesday I learned theres a guy raising outdoor chickens and turkeys not 6 miles away who uses them to guard his flocks! There's been a tradition of indoor lambing in these parts for perhaps the last 25 years; but I'm thinking of outdoor lambing next March (different climate!) as a change... Your blog is definitely valued....

  2. Thank you so much for your comment and encouragement Gearoid. It is very rewarding to hear from someone in Ireland! Very neat little story about the LGD's. Things have a way of working out, don't they. Being able to keep 100 ewes on 25 acres, lambing outdoors in March - oh, that sounds splendid. Different climate indeed. All the best, thank you for taking a moment to comment.

  3. It's awesome to hear from other sheep farmers, keep blogging. I too was thinking to stop my blog, but friends and family still read it so I will keep doing it. You can see my blog at thegardenofgood.ca it's more to let our family in Africa share our world but you can have a look.


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