And we’re off!

And we’re off!

We’ve got cheese! I mean one that we CAN and ARE selling! 1  1/2 years of an unexpected amount of hard work wrapped in a vacuum sealed bag with a sticker. For us this represents: many weeks of consecutive sleepless nights; 24 hr/day on-call babysitters; financial...
Moving Forward

Moving Forward

We have experienced some great highs and great lows this month. We are gaining momentum on the farm-front and the cheese-front. Today the plumbers arrived on site and the beginnings of our own milking parlour are officially started! Only 1 year late… not so bad. As...
Milking time!

Milking time!

It is officially over for another season; we had our last set up twins last evening. Stragglers. Our last two were born when our first 6 are ready for market! With lambing out of mind, we are now focused on milking. For those who don’t know, for several reasons, the...
Glad that’s over and the sun came out

Glad that’s over and the sun came out

Wow, 1 month since our last post. Time is flying and so much has happened. The finish line is in sight. We are down to our last 3 ewes left to lamb and we have over 200 lambs. Our barn is at max capacity and we can no longer contained lambs to pens; they are excitedly...
Let it be known!

Let it be known!

Today is a simple tip that will hopefully help a lot. Over the last year, and even still a little today, I was hesitant to let people know what we were up to. I was scared that people would look at us and say we were crazy (which I do think so myself sometimes) and...
A lambing update

A lambing update

A quick update on the farm front. We are about one-third through lambing. We (mostly Gab) are tired but it is going pretty well. This past weekend, was rock-and-roll for us. Friday night Gab did not sleep at all; he was in the barn all night. Saturday night, I took...
Gabriel had a little lamb

Gabriel had a little lamb

And it has started! Our first lambs arrived this week. So far we have four moms, three sets of twins and I set of triplets. All are doing well except for one. She is one of the triplets; she was breech; and we had to help the mom quite a bit to get her out. In fact I...
Oh Alma

Oh Alma

“Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.”    – T.S Elloit Although we were run off our feet, there were many memorable and funny moments that made us forget about the life we could not keep up to. Some came in the form of...
The Early Stages

The Early Stages

Trying to sort through my foggy memory of the last year, trying to decide what to share, is difficult. When I shared my entries I wrote so far with my parents, my mom asked me “ what about those first 6 months? All that work you did?” So I started reminiscing. I...
A little History

A little History

I will attempt to back up a little to give a little picture of how we got to where we are. We met as two military members who found ourselves working at the Fleet Diving Unit Atlantic in Shearwater, Nova Scotia. Gabriel is originally from Quebec and I, as I mentioned...
Babies n’ Sheep and Baby Sheep

Babies n’ Sheep and Baby Sheep

Well, here we are! “We” are Deirdre and Gabriel Mercier with our 18 month old son, Marcel. Today, February 1st, 2016, marks the 1 year anniversary of our big move. To make a very long story (which we will divulge over time) short, on February 1st 2015, a livestock...