Moving Day Part 2
Thanks to all of the volunteers who helped us move the goats and sheep to our newly renovated shed. Located near the visitor’s center at the Long Pasture Sanctuary, the newly renovated shed has a separate room for milking our goats. The shed had a collapsed roof and a rotting sill. We re-built the roof and replaced the sill as well and put in two windows. The shed has plenty of room for our goats to stay out of inclement weather. We are very fortunate for everyone’s support this past fall, without your support this shed never would have been realized.
Moving day went off with minor problems, except for the run-away sheep, and a muddy field. By far the most trying challenge was moving the sheep from the field to our new shed. We had to cross a road and go down a narrow path through the woods to the opening of long pasture where we had our new fenced in loafing area. The first try ended in a small stampede of sheep running down Harbor Point Road. All I could think was how troubling it would be if they ruined somebody’s yard. Luckily for us they stopped to munch on some grass by the roadside and we were able to turn them around and get them back into the fenced-in field.
The second try turned out to be much better. Once we got the sheep across the road and onto the wooded trail they quickly ran right past me. Luckily they made the right turn onto the trail and ended up in the fenced area with only a little extra effort. If not for the generous effort of some casual visitors we might not have made it. Felice, our baby lamb who was less than a week old ran right along with the herd. She’ll make a good mother.
With all the rain we had difficulty moving many of our items by truck to the barn. My first attempt ended in me getting stuck in the mud and needless to say made the rest of the day we spent moving things on foot. All in all moving day was a great success.