Saturday, March 28, 2009

A blah kind of week

Ever had one of those weeks? I apologize in advance for my emo rant.

The ewes are getting larger and larger with still no lambs. Every morning I think this might be it and get disappointed when I am met with ewes just lying in a circle in their stable. Poor Jewel has so much milk in she can only waddle, so it has to be any day now. Right?

I have ordered baby chickens. I am super excited about this...and worried as I have never had chickens before. I also ordered a coop. Only problem is that the person I ordered the coop from keeps blowing off confirming any kind of delivery date. No money has changed hands but it's depressing to know that I may have wasted time on this, and now I really need to find a nice coop fast.

My horse Muppet has taken a huge leap backwards in his jumping. About four weeks ago I decided I'd walk him over a tarp as we were waiting for our lesson to start. No go. He would wear the tarp, you could drag the tarp, but he would not step near it. Since then he will no longer go over jumps, coops or even poles on the ground. He's continually looking for the hidden scary object. We did have a better lesson this week as he worked on free schooling through a chute, and at the end he could jump poles again. Now I have to see if he can do this under saddle. Still I feel like a bad horsey mommy for making him lose his confidence.

Oh and I bought Bolt to cheer myself up with and cried all the way through it as the dog reminded me of Ji.

All in all pretty miserable but I guess I will try hard to look at the silver lining. The lambs will be here eventually, as will the baby chicks and some sort of coop and Muppet will be braver now that he has faced some scary things and I'll be a better rider. 

In something completely unrelated. I chose the name Ridgeway Farm after an area in England that I grew up walking, riding and playing around on. Here's a link if you are interested in learning more.

We called it the Downs. It's beautiful and on a clear day you can see about four different counties up there.


  1. Oh, Shula ~

    I am so sorry that you're feeling so down. This time of year is good for that. Too many cloudy dreary days and every thing looks so grey. I remember the year I posted an ad to the Shetland list that said:

    For Sale - CHEAP ~ 7 fat ewes and 2 sterile rams.

    The babies did, eventually arrive and were definitely worth the wait.

    I hope the sun shines for you soon and that you'll share photos of your precious lambs when they arrive. I'd also love to see your horse!

    Hang in there...

    P.S. You grew up in England??? VERY cool!!

  2. Hi Nancy. Thanks for the chuckle. I know that feeling. Of course I will post pictures. Poor Jewel is huge and waddling around. My bright spark of the day was my chicken coop person actually getting back to me with a delivery date and apology so maybe on Wednesday I'll have some good pictures.

    Oh and yes I was born and raised near Oxford in England. I have been in the USA 8 years now (California 5 years Massachusetts 3). Sometimes I miss the farms and hillsides I grew up around.

    Thanks again. Are you feeling better now?

  3. Hello,

    I'm looking to buy some Shetlands and was wondering if you were selling any. (I'm also in MA)

    You can email me:, so as not to take up all your blog space :) Hope it was OK to post here


  4. Hi Niki :) I sent you an email. Nice to see you on my blog. It's always fine to post here.

  5. Shula, you will have so much fun with your new chicks....just try not to become a chicken hoarder like me! It really isn't my fault though,there are just too many pretty colors to choose from ;).