Happy Saint Patrick’s Day

So we came to our Boles for the weekend. We brought the snowmobiles because we weren’t sure if we could drive up with the recent snow. Here are are leaving home.

Above is the view when we arrived, almost no snow. Below is my Rosemary Irish Breakfast tea steeping this morning, getting ready to make Ceo Maidin this evening.

Ceo Maidin recipe

As a child my grandmother told me I should wear orange and not green in St. Patrick’s Day in honor of William of Orange. This is the first time I had heard anything of the politics involved in her family’s heritage. So I chose since then to wear both orange and green on St. Patrick’s Day ever since. I also delved into genealogy and history more including visiting family sites in Scotland and Northern Ireland. But the sweater with orange and green that I have worn since the eighties is falling apart. Despite the controversy, I still want to wear both colors to represent a hopeful peace between the Irish Catholics and Protestants that did not seem to exist when we visited Belfast 10 years ago. So I will wear my Ben and Jerry’s T-shirt. But I will also wear an Aran sweater made in Ireland during The Troubles.

William of Orange. History of Orange and St. Patrick’s Day

We will eat corned beef and cabbage. And then enjoy Ceo Maidin made with Jameson whiskey around a bon fire and celebrate the amazing contributions of the Irish and pray for peace in the world.

Plus we will enjoy the views and wildlife of this amazing place.

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Beef Stew With Prunes

This was our dinner tonight.  I used our stew meat and turkey stock.  It had a nice spiciness to it that was great on a stormy night.  Tom wished it had more vegetables in it so next time I will add carrots and celery.  But we both agreed it was tasty.  Recipe is at the NYT cooking site https://cooking.nytimes.com/recipes/1767-beef-stew-with-prunes

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Spring Sheep Maintenance

Today we finished the spring sheep maintenance.  Last week we did 11 sheep, and I almost could not walk after that.  Today we did 14 sheep.  Spring maintenance involves trimming and treating hooves, checking condition (skinniness, conjunctiva color and fleece quality), giving copper supplements, and injecting CDT shots.  Here is the equipment needed.

We are using the leg stanchion technique.  Lady Madonna is demonstrating it.

I got on the ground and trimmed the hooves, treated them with Desitin, checked their condition and gave their shots.  Tom caught them, held them in the leg stanchion and gave the copper boluses.  We have struggled with these boluses in the past because the capsules for 3 grams of copper oxide are too small for our bolus guns.  So this year I made the small capsules but then put them inside large gelatin capsules that fit in our gun.  It worked well.  

There were no surprises this year.  The hooves for the most part were better than expected.  Their body condition was as expected, and the conjunctiva color was all good. The fleeces were as expected as well.  Now we are gearing up for shearing next week.

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