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About Me: I am the creative person behind Ribbonwood Cottage. A mother, wife and grandmother. My goal in life is to leave a lasting legacy to my family that life is incredible. God gave us this one life and it is worth the journey! A believer. A pianist, church music and worship director. Focused on intentionally living the best life possible.

June 13, 2008

Tunis Sheep-chit chat with ewe!

These are our sheep, they are called Tunis sheep. They were brought over by Thomas Jefferson. You can't exactly tell since they are eating but they have a dark reddish brown face and legs. They are great sheep and not as difficult to have as other breeds. We have had alot of sheep since we have been married (28 years today) and some breed of sheep have more problems birthing than others.

Did you know that sheep are one of the only animals that have to have a shepherd. They need someone to watch over them. Sheep are slightly dumb. If they get their foot caught in the fence rather than struggling like a dog would they get tired and just lay down. I can't tell you how many times we have had to dislodge their head out of the fence because they are trying to eat something on the other side of the fence and they get stuck and don't know what to do.

When we were first married I heard a knocking at the door late at night. I went to the door and there was our ENORMOUS ram. He had gotten out of his pen (farm animals are famous for this, especially before church when you have heels on!) and he wanted to come in for a late night chit chat! So I slammed the door in his face. They love to butt you with their head till they knock you down! I have had that happen too many times. Kind of a testosterone thing! I couldn't imagine that big fur ball in my little house so the kids and I waited for our shepherd to come home and put his sheep up! Baaaad sheep.
A cute little lamb is one thing, sweet and soft. But when they get big and get out and run around in circles while you chase them? I have literally heard them laugh as I chase them, giggling shamelessly as I gasp for air!
One sheep was heard to have said "come on let's all go out the driveway."

Psalm 23 "The Lord is my shepherd... he leadeth me and he restores my soul..."


Cathy ~ Tadpoles and Teacups said...

Great story! (Did you think of the line, "Behold I stand at the door and knock." :-)

Enjoyed stopping by your blog.


~~Sittin.n.Spinnin said...

Found your blog through a google alert! I live in northern Nevada and also raise tunis sheep! How long have you had tunis? Forgive me if I am wrong, but are you Mrs. Booth?
Anyway, post lots about your red heads, I love reading about them :)

Debbi (and Bob) Brown said...

I enjoyed your cute stories about your Tunis sheep! They are my favorite breed too. Please post more photos.

And I love the praise music on your blog as well!

Debbi in Texas

Michele said...

Loved the story today!! I can picture you opening the door to that huge ram, too!!! Also loved the image of them all laughing at you as you chase after them!!