This is a difficult post for me to write. For once, these days, it's not Lucky Nickel's turn to write. This one is all mine. It's about change, about decisions, about the course of life. It's not all happy, but it's not all bad. It's just a bumpy road sometimes.
As a number of you know, the relationship I had when I started out on Whispering Acres ended many months ago. Some of you may not know that, but now you do! For a long and awkward time, however, Kelly continued to live here on the farm, because he didn't have anywhere else to go and could not afford a place to live on his own. He was supposed to be doing the animal care and taking care of the yard, etc, in return for free room and board. Things declined, quickly, and the situation became intolerable. Now, as of quite recently, that situation is also over. You might be thinking this is one of the sad parts of this post, but really it isn't. It is all for the best. Without going into details, I shall just say it was fraught with problems and caused a tremendous amount of stress. That too, now, is easing.
So, that has left me in a difficult situation - even though I only have 8.5 acres, I have a lot of animals and a lot on my plate. I work full time, and I was in law school part time. I said "was" because I made the really tough decision to withdraw for this semester. Simply put, there is too much on my plate right now for me to continue. So much change and so much anxiety is too much for school at the same time. So, I withdrew from my classes about 2 weeks ago, and am still coming to terms with that decision.
I knew I had to reduce my flock numbers immediately, so I was both incredibly fortunate and tremendously relieved when the blue-faced Leicesters found a home at Grace Haven Acres in Wisconsin. I know they will be well cared for there, and they will go on to produce happy little lambs to delight their new owners. I hope to see them at future shows.
Now, the really sad part. I have to sell Whispering Acres. It's too much work for me along with everything else. I'm heartsick but I know it's the right thing to do. As a result, I also need to find homes for nearly all my animals. I am hoping to keep Lucky Nickel, Marshmallow, and Stormy the llama. It depends on where I end up. I will keep those three until the last possible moment. One thing I want to avoid, at all costs, is animal auctions. I want good homes for my animals, where they will be loved and cared for. That is part of the reason I am sharing these changes today. I hope that by some chance, some twist of fate, there will be somebody that can help with a home, or has a friend who can provide a home, for at least one of my beloved flock/herd/menagerie.
Looking for homes are....
(I know I need more sheep pictures, I'll try to take some soon)
Bianca - a white unregistered full Icelandic ewe, probably about 4-5 years old.
Blizzard - a white unregistered full Icelandic wether, well tempered, probably also about 4-5 years old.
Cream Puff - white ewe, Poppy's daughter of last year, sired by Blizzard (before he was wethered) so she is 50% Icelandic and then has the Rambouillet/Suffok/Dorset mix genes. Her ears have tan coloured tips. She would probably throw coloured lambs.
MB - Marshmallow's Brother. White, 1.5 years old, half Icelandic, remaining half unknown but possibly Polypay cross. Has horns. Fairly small sized wether.
Paddington - Poppy's ram lamb from this year, black, sired by Cragganmore, a black blue-faced Leicester ram. He is really sweet so far. He could be wethered easily but hasn't been yet.
Ferdinand - a black Shetland wether who is a real love-bug. He loves chest rubs. I may also take him with me because he's so sweet. If he found the perfect home though, I could part with him.
Also three unnamed lambs from this year - one white ram lamb who is half BFL and two black ewe lambs who are half BFL. Their sires are not known for sure, although I have my suspicions.
GOATS (all have horns unless otherwise stated)
Coffee - she's a mini-Nubian doe with good milk production. She had twins this year and is a great mom. She's black with a light underbelly and brown on her ears. I think 3 years old.
Larke - Coffee's daughter sired by Val, the angora. White. Born in May 2010.
Both Misky and Larke are in the picture below to the right of their mother, the two smaller white goats not inside the hut.
Opal - another Nigerian dwarf doe, VERY sweet natured. I might take her also if I cannot find a home for her.
Dolly - Dark brown and white female, registered, mother of Stormy. Not extremely approachable but tolerates shearing.
Hazel - Dark brown solid female, moderately approachable.
Cabernet with Merlin - Cabernet had Merlin a few weeks ago as my regular readers know. They cannot be separated for about 6 months so they have to go together. Cab is cinnamon brownish/grey and has a few white patches. Merlin is a male with a brown head and tail tip, otherwise white. Growing well - much bigger now than in the picture below.
My primary objective is to find GOOD homes. I am aching at the thought of parting with my animals, but I know it is best for both them and for me. I need to find a new place that I can handle on my own. I need to find them the best homes I can. If anyone can help, please let me know.
I also have a gaggle of ducks and a lot of chickens to part with. Let me know if you are interested in those too. If you are interested in a lovely 8.5 acre home in Iowa, let me know that too!
Nothing ever stays the same forever, and life throws us curves that we must navigate. This is just the beginning of a change in direction for me. While I am sad in many ways, I keep my thoughts tuned to what my next steps are, and what lies around the corner. There is always light at the end of the tunnel. Please send light my way if you feel so inclined - I certainly could use some.