Bottle Lamb In Kitchen

Bottle Lamb in Our Kitchen

If you have followed my blog about architecture for a while, you have also been introduced to my family’s micro farm.  Our children are in 4H, and they raise and show sheep.  We also have 20 chickens, 2 bunnies, 2 dogs and 3 barn cats. Although the ‘barn cats’ seem to have missed the memo, since they end up spending an equal amount of time in the house.  Chloe, our first barn cat, had her 6 kittens in my daughter’s bed when no one was looking. (We only kept 2 of them)

In the summer, I grow a wide assortment of vegetables in the garden as well as a greater assortment of weeds.  By composting the straw, etc. from the barn, we are able to grow pretty impressive vegetables without commercial fertilizer.

We currently have 6 sheep.  At least one is pregnant with two lambs and, more than likely, will give birth on the coldest day of the year.  That is when we will be scrambling to make sure everyone is in good shape, kept warm and well cared for.  I will keep everyone in the loop with some candid shots.  In the meantime, enjoy some of my favorite backyard photos.

Romnies Poking Their Heads Out

Romnies Poking Their Heads Out

Sheep And Chicken Sharing A Meal

Sheep and Chicken Sharing a Meal



Rosie And Dixie

Rosie and Dixie

Rosie Our Mini Aussie

Rosie Our Mini Aussie

Rosie And Chloe

Rosie and Chloe

Chloe At Kitchen Window

Chloe at Kitchen Window

Chloe And Her Kittens

Chloe and Her Kittens



Curated Brochure by Crisp Architects: Portfolio

To get my monthly newsletter, On The Drawing Board, click here.  Jimmy Crisp

About the Author: James Crisp

James M. Crisp has been an architect for well over 30 years. His architectural firm, Crisp Architects, designs projects throughout New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Massachusetts. In April of 2007, Taunton Press published 'On the Porch' by James M. Crisp and Sandra Mahoney.

Share This Story, Choose Your Platform!


  1. 23F7C7F26Bdde43Ee9Fbf18606A8B76C?S=54&R=G
    barbara southerland January 14, 2016 at 11:16 am

    loved seeing your creatures; they are both beautiful and hilarious. please come into the city and have lunch or an early dinner. we miss seeing you all.
    barbara southerland and jim gilliam

  2. F911402Be79Ce3147C8C18D19619A8Eb?S=54&R=G
    Sue Stewart January 14, 2016 at 12:28 pm

    What a great insight to your “micro” farm. I am so impressed.

  3. Aa2Cbf39867Dfccabe80558316A86802?S=54&R=G
    James Crisp January 14, 2016 at 12:30 pm

    Thanks, Sue. Everyone else does the hard work.

Leave A Comment