We had been feeling a bit pressured to keep up with all of the sheep. Feed and hay bills can be a bit intimidating when you begin to get too many sheep. Then there is shearing and de worming and hoof trimming. They are a pleasure but the list goes on and on. We had a visit from a neighbor this last summer. Gina loves to spin and was looking to start her own flock. We were offering Esther and Moriah for sale. Gina was excited and wanted to take them home after she was able to get her fences up. We took Esther and her lambs over in the truck with the topper. Gina brought her Jeep to get Moriah a couple of days later.
Icelandics are easily transportable in a Jeep. Moriah and her lamb seemed right at home.
I was sorry to see them go. Cutting back is never easy.
Everyone is happy. Esther is the escape artist at her new farm too. The boys are now wethers. Plenty of weeds, small trees and leaves to eat. We can visit since they are right down the road. Life goes on.
This is the story of two best friends who lived in seperate towns, managed two seperate homes with all of the bills, taxes, and house payments of each. We thought that it was silly to continue paying such high bills. We decided to look for an old farm where we each could follow our dreams. We looked for a house big enough that would allow each of us to have our seperate space, enough farm land to be able to have sheep, goats, chickens, turkeys and any other animals that caught our fancy. We needed a barn big enough to house animals and hay. Both of us love the seasons in New England and wanted to remain in the northeast. Both of us were ICU nurses and are under no delusion that we can pay our bills with farming alone. We needed to be located near a large hospital for employment. We work full time as nurses and full time as farmers. That was a lot of needs/wants to guide our search. We combed through magazines, for sale guides, and the internet. We found a place northwest of Bangor Maine that fit these needs. It was a fixer upper in the mildest of terms. This is our story, how we arrived, refinished a 160 year old farm house and are making our dreams come true. We hit bumps in the road at every turn and try to keep a positive attitude. After three years we have come to a change that can't be overlooked. After much thought Alex has decided to pursue her dream elsewhere. Now the farm rests with Ted and I. We will work together to make our dream an actuality. Please follow along with us and welcome to Mainely Ewes Farm.