Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Ode To Nan

   If you've visited the farm any in the past few years you would normally find our three border collies eagerly lined up, anticipating the words 1, 2, 3, Go! and race each other down the green pastures. It was one of their favorite things to do outside together, next to herding sheep. If you was to visit the farm now, you would notice the dogs don't quite line up like they once did.
   Last Thursday we all awoke to our little Nan gone. She had died in the early morning hours, lying in the floor at mom's bedside. It was heartbreaking news to hear.
   Nan came to the farm three years ago this month. Though she had only spent a short time with us here, she made a huge impact on our lives. She quickly became mom's dog after Shadow, our sheltie passed two years ago. We all loved her from the minute we saw her. She was definitely different and really quite funny.
   To be a smaller border collie and be the "sweet" girl, you never would have imagined Nan to be the instigator. From pulling pizzas off the counter top, digging through the garbage can, and stealing throw pillows and stuffed animals. Nan had her own way about things. She loved going down to the creek where she would chase her own splashes. She loved playing frisbee and playing with the tennis ball. One time we lost her to the neighbor kids throwing a football back and forth, they quickly included her. Nan had a fascination with anything and everything small, lambs, puppies, kittens, babies and anything that resembled a ball. There are so many pictures to prove to my nephew Leeland when he gets older, how Nan loved and looked after him.

   We will miss her dearly. We'll miss those crazy eyes she'd get when she was in full border collie mode. Miss hearing her snore when she passed out from a long day of work.  Miss her running the floor in the milking parlor (she was the sheep warden during milking season).
Miss her running to hide every time the fly swat was pulled out. Miss her raising her leg with her tongue hanging out the side of her mouth every time we'd rub her belly. Miss her sitting on the gas pedal on the Kubota.  I'll even miss getting annoyed with her for jumping into the fence every time I went to lay a new one out for the sheep. Nothing compares though to the way I know that mom misses her. Our Sweet, Crazy Nan.
    As bad as I hurt for all of us, I know Jim and Eoghan miss her as well, she was their third amigo. The three musketeers. Nan was their friend, their playmate, a competitor, and their sister. Jim will miss her by his side running the fence line, barking everytime they thought the sheep were getting out of line. Eoghan will miss sharing the couch with her and her nipping at him as if telling him to quit biting the tires on the Kubota .
  A bond between a dog and their person can never be broken. Mom &Nan

 This is the picture we all received the day mom and dad got Nan. We were all excited to meet her. Dad & Nan 11/28/2010

   We could all tell that Nan was feeling bad on Wednesday, so we didn't push her to go outside but for her to rest and to hopefully feel better. With that being so, Nan still wanted to make one last trip to the pasture with her master that night. Little did we know, that would be our sweet little Nan's last run. Thurday morning, Nan was laid next to her brother Shadow under the oak tree. Some may disagree, but I know in my heart that God's got a special place for them in heaven and I know I'll see them again one day, tails waggin' and all.   Nan will always be remembered and we will cherish all the memories we have of her. As dad so sweetly wrote, "we just pray that if there are flocks of sheep in heaven, that you will be at the Good Shepherd's side keeping a watchful eye on all his Lambs. Good bye dear friend "
Shadow and Nan.

Nan 11/27/2002-11/07/2013
"Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted" Matthew 5:4

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Southern Artisan Cheese Festival

    Coming up this Saturday, September 28 will be the 3rd Annual Southern Artisan Cheese Festival in Nashville, TN from 2:30-6. Have you heard of it?
    Good Shepherd cheese has been invited along with Boone Creek Creamery and Kenny's Farmhouse Cheese from Kentucky. Tickets are sold $45 online and $55 at the door. This is a great opportunity to try some southern artisan cheeses along with other southern jams, crackers, bread, some tasty wines and more. Only 600 tickets will be sold this year so make sure to purchase early if you plan to be there. 
    While you're there, be sure to stop by and say hello and taste some creamy sheep milk cheeses from yours truly. We will also have packaged cheese available for purchase.

 By the way, over the weekend Good Shepherd cheese was nominated and tied with Bleugrass Chevre in the artisan category at Sunday's Lexington Crave event. Good Shepherd Cheese was very honored to stand next to Susan Miller, who is not only a fellow cheese maker and mentor, but a special friend as well. Congratulations to all who was honored that evening.

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Getting Back To It

    Ever since my husband and I moved, we've encountered computer problems which is why I've mostly been absent from blogging. Here I am though, only because I've finally accepted the idea that our computer is slowly dying and I'm going to enjoy every last second it has left.
   For all the soap lovers out there, I just got Half Pint's Sheep Milk Soap back up on the new website and is ready to be ordered.
    Also don't forget Good Shepherd Cheese will be on The Local Traveler tonight after the news at 11:35pm on WKYT and WVLT Volunteer TV and on Wednesday at 7PM on WYMT-TV!

Set your DVRs cause this is one... EWE don't want to miss!

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Sweet Maggie

When I went out to check the girls' water today after the storms, this is what I found.

 Maggie decided that the rain just wasn't enough and needed to give Patience another bath.
Such a good girl!

Saturday, June 8, 2013

Moving On But Not To Greener Pastures

  I've been absent for a while from blogging and I could tell you the thousands of excuses that I came up with in my head to put this off but it comes down to this simple truth, dread. I didn't want to have to explain how my husband and I have recently moved off the family farm to an apartment about 20 minutes away. Writing it down just made it a whole lot more realer.
  While it was an exciting time for my husband and I to be getting back on our own, it was still a very emotional time as well. I have so many emotional attachments to the farm that it broke my heart to leave.
At first I knew my trips to the farm were going to be pretty limited even though we only moved 20 minutes away, we were trying to watch our spending. Fortunately we were able to work things out so I can still help out on the farm throughout the week.
  It's funny how when your absent from a place for even a short while, you start to realize how much of it you really took for granted.

My heaven on earth...

 Locust trees in full bloom.

 Honeysuckle as long as the fence line.

And wild blackberry bushes scattered all over the farm.

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Let The Milking Begin

Things got really, really busy around here really fast ...much to blame on the 90 some lambs we've had since the beginning of February, with nine momma's left to lamb still. Which also means we began milking in March. Our daily lives has pretty much been consumed by the milking parlor and the lambing barn. Not to mention Dad has started the great cheese making process again. For all you cheese lovers out there, Dad has made a test batch of blue cheese, so lets keep our fingers crossed and hope it turns out!!! He has Pyrenees, Wild Mountain Thyme, and some Old Smokey sheep milk cheese already aging in the cheese cave.

Our sweet Molly and her precious triplets taking a nap.

Nothing like snuggling up together.

Dottie and her baby boy.

"How about you be a kind lady and get us some more feed!?"
 These girls were our first five to lamb this year so they got to go first on the milking table this year.

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Half Pint's Sheep Milk Soap

Starting to finally stock back up on my sheep milk supply now that we've started milking again, so be prepared for some more fresh spring and summer fragrance soaps to be coming soon. Lambing season put a hold on any soap making the last couple of months so I'm ready to get back in the swing of things and maybe even possibly start back on some candle making as well.

In stock right now I have Felted soap, Unscented, Huckleberry, Fresh & Clean, Pa's Pipe, Hard Candy Christmas, Sweet Pea, Pumpkin Spice, Men's soap and Men's Shaving soap.
Hopefully, I'll have more Sassafras, Magnolia, and Honeysuckle back in stock, along with Sunflower and some other great scents.