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Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Norman settles in.

It was a bumpy ride, but Norman is a trooper.  AM and I steered him gently from her van to the back fenced pasture and I gave him a small bowl of grain to calm him down.  He baaed constantly, mouth full of grain and hay, and didn't take his eyes off me.  Poor boy.  Of course, that got the rest of them going, so it was pretty noisy on the LLF all afternoon.  I had re-covered the hoop house so that he had shelter, and I reinforced my goofy gate between "them" and Norman.  Everyone was calm and curious, with much nose-touching through the fence.  aPria gave him the hairy eyeball every five minutes, but I think she was just trying to size up the new thing in the pasture.  AND it was/is wearing a coat.  Scary stuff, all the way around.  Norman is much taller than the fluffy sheep, so I figure it would all even out - tallness vs. fluffy-ness.

The grass is green, at least, if not greener on this
side of the fence.

Things had calmed down by the time I left for work.  I am sure Ms. BossyPantsMajorFluffiness will be giving Norman the business at every opportunity.  I'm glad he has Linden as a pal.

Meet and Greet at the fence line.
UPDATE:

aPria, who has, up to this point, found Norman the most terrifying of all creatures on Earth, is now getting close enough to run a nose over him and his scary clothes.  Surprise!  He's a sheep!  They can now be found cushed together under the shade of the ash tree.

16 comments:

  1. APria:

    OMG! What IS that thing!?
    OMG! What IS that THING on that THING!?
    OMG! What is that THING wearing that THING eating all MY green grass!?

    Oh. He's a sheep.
    I knew it the entire time.

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    1. LOL! If she could talk, that is exactly what she would have been saying! And of course, let's not forget the running away!

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  2. I'm exhausted just reading all you have been doing. Perhaps you need to follow the example of your animals and lay down in the shade. Of course it would result in more "looks" from the neighbours. In truth its all making me nervous. After a year with no garden, and slowly declining into slothfulness, we take possession of five acres on Aug 1st.

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    1. Susan - Hurray! That is wonderful news! There is plenty to do before winter, I bet, so you should pull your busypants out of the dresser. It's been hard to find a cool place around here. I have a kiddie pool for aPria to stand in. I also hose down all the areas under the trees.

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  3. Congrats on your new addition, and he even comes with his own wardrobe.

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    1. TL - He is so different than the Icelandics - not just physically, but his personality, too. But that fleece - oh, that fleece...

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  4. Love the meet and greet at the fence photo! Glad aPria has decided Norman is okay after all. :)

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    1. Candy - Yes, and even Juno isn't ramming him every five minutes. It's more like every half hour. Of course, it's hot and she probably just doesn't feel like it.

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  5. I am very glad that it sounds like Norman will fit in just right! Is he pretty tame in order to handle him?

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    1. DH - Yes, Norman is much easier to handle than either of the fluffy ones. Which is a good thing, as he is pretty big.

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  6. How come he's got a coat? He is adorable, and I'm glad the other members of the group are getting used to him.

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    1. Linda - He's coated to protect his fleece from dirt, etc. Which will be so much nicer when I get to shear him in the spring. The other two fluffy ones must have half a bale of hay imbedded in their heavy fleeces by spring.

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    2. That make sense! I bet the wool will be in great condition, too.

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  7. I was going to ask about the coat, too.

    He's wonderful. I hope everyone gets used to him quick!

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    1. Jocelyn - He is such a sweetie. Everyone is settling down - they even let him in the run in shed for five minutes this morning; before Juno butted him out. Progress!

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  8. So how about some pictures of the cooling pools soon? Do they wear shades and drink a tropical cocktail with an umbrella? :)

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