I needed a changer - ergo, the new "look" for the blog. I love the description: Ethereal. That is so NOT me, but I am very fond of hummingbirds.
And the new kid in town: Miss Apria.
She is still pretty leery of me, the sheep and just about everything, but I am plying her with love and shepherd's mix. It was quite an uproarious day on Sunday - E and her husband arrived in their minivan (!!!) and unloaded Apria. Then we went inside to do the necessary paperwork - all the transferring of papers/ownership/etc. nonsense that drives me wild. Then we went outside where I had everything all worked out. Would it be any surprise at all to find out that nothing - and I mean NOTHING - worked out as planned? The only transfer that went smoothly was Hoosier. He was not at all happy about being faced with a minivan, but eventually he got in. I then sauntered down, feed bucket in hand, and led the sheep into the run-in shed. Every last one of them except Cocoa the Crazy and her little loony lamb. We must have chased her for 15 minutes, until we finally got her cornered behind the shed. After rassling for another five minutes, E's husband gave up and hefted her up in the air and staggered up the hill. We managed to get her in the van and went for Freyda. Who managed to slip out of her halter and took us on the same wild ride as Cocoa. Poor E's husband - he sure got his cardio workout yesterday. And they had an hour and a half drive back to the farm.
We led Apria into the sheep paddock and let the remaining bonzo sheep out. They came running and then slammed on the brakes as a unit and stared at Apria as though a Martian had landed in their midst. It's been a little bumpy, but I think they will all be settled in soon. Apria is much larger than Hoosier, who was sort of a squirt. E said that he seems to be enjoying his new accommodations - I am sure that having Cocoa/nut and Freyda there with him will help the transition go smoothly. Poor Apria has no landmarks - nothing familiar. She keeps sniffing the sheep and looking puzzled. I will get some close-up shots of her once we are better acquainted.
Oh, yes. According to E, Apria was "exposed" to a spotted male llama this past fall. She will very likely have a cria this fall. Mmmm. Hmmm.