“The ultimate goal of farming is not the growing of crops, but the cultivation and perfection of human beings.”

Masanobu Fukuoka, The One-Straw Revolution

Smiling Sheep And Growing Ducks

Why is this sheep smiling?

Grinning from ear to ear?

You might think it's because she just had a delicious 
graham cracker treat.

And though she did... she would tell you:
that is not the reason behind the mirth.

Her cheerful demeanor has more to do with this...

This is the temperature that greeted yesterday as we headed out for morning chores.
In case you were wondering... that is 38 degrees Fahrenheit!

And though the sun shone through a thin layer of super high clouds,
the temperature did not rise above 66 all afternoon.
It was the perfect day for two wooly girls who had
to weather a very hot summer.

Sweet relief comes in the autumn.
By this time, they have grown a good inch of warm, 
insulating wool.

I have to tell you...
the introduction of graham crackers as treats has been a game-
changer with these two gals who used to hold me at arm's length.
(leg's length?  hoof's length?)

It's nice to be able to sink my fingers into their wool and give
them a good scratching without them running for the hills.

Yesterday, I was even able to trim Hope's hooves
as she napped on the ground next to the pig yard fence.

What a long way we've come, dear Hope!

I must tell you...
every morning when I first check in on...

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