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These are the sights and sounds of the farm, the enjoyment of which makes all the work worthwhile. 

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In the barn with Molly and friends - a bird’s eye view….or goat’s eye.

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As the years go by, the size of our herds fluctuates, dependent on the condition of the farm and the farmers. The 2017-2018 season was blessed with rain and thus, good grazing. It was also blessed by the yearlong residence of our grandchildren, who enjoyed the farm to the fullest! It was a year of birth - our second grandson's being the most thrilling. Lambs and kids and chicks and ducklings and kittens….a truly wonderful year on the farm.

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These are our first five Royal White ewes, purchased in the spring of 2016 from the Von Netzor Ranch in Fredericksburg. They have been a joy!

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The winter of 2017-2018 was a foggy one here at the farm. The lambing was peaceful and beautiful.

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Once or twice a year, I’m dependent on the man-power of whichever of my children is available to help stack hay. The lot has mostly fallen to this wonderful son of mine, who is strong, hard-working, and serves with a willing spirit. I am so very blessed in him! Many’s the hay-hauling trip we’ve made together.

Then there are the sisters, Cleopatra and Hatshepsut, or Cleo and Hattie, for short. These feline farmers earn their keep by keeping the rodent population under control. Unfortunately, they also keep the native bird population thinner than we’d like; but that’s a topic for another day. Female cats are clearly better hunters than males. These two really work hard at their job. You can’t tell it from this picture, but take my word for it. 

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See! What did I tell you? Here is Hattie doing barn patrol of a different sort, keeping the newest kids warm. She seems to anticipate this role each year, hanging around while the does are in labor, as if she’s excited to take on her baby-sitting responsibilities again for another kidding season.

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This is some random buck kid from 2018. He’s a pretty boy, but it would take me a little digging to identify him. It’s no small task keeping all the offspring straight year after year. Cellphone cameras were a great invention.

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This sister of mine loves to come visit the farm and take a hand in whatever is going on. 

Bottle-feeding isn’t something we do too often, but when we do, it’s all hands on deck! The particular lamb in this photo was fed by every farm visitor over the course of several months.  It seemed like all my friends and relations took a part in raising her, and everyone had a different name for her :).

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My 92-year-old WWII Veteran Daddy is in charge of the chickens at Adagio Farm. Sometimes he gets a little help from one of his great-grandchildren.

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