Shire is a traditional term for a division of land. It was most often used as a suffix to the name of a town (usually named for it's lord), to reference the country around it. Davishire is our little patch of country in Northern California... our Shire. In addition to the Danes, we share it with a collection of chickens, sheep and, in past years, a cow and a horse.
The chickens... +
We love our entertaining little hens. There's nothing like sharing your morning coffee in the barn or adjoining garden, with the ladies. Our flock consists of silver pencil plymouth rocks, silver laced wyandottes, a gold laced couchin, a blue splash maran and some barred rocks.
The sheep... +
Our sheep are haired breeds, so they don't require shearing. They molt in the spring and develop a thick coat for the winter. We have black dorper and some barbados/dall crosses, which can also be called painted desert sheep.
The cow... +
We brought Dexter home from the UC Davis dairy and bottle raised him. A holstein steer, he grew quickly and became quite a character!! He also made very good burgers.
The horse... +
Henri lived out his twilight years here. Full of character and fun, he was the ultimate helper for fence repair, planting.. well anything he took a fancy to. He was always picking tools from my bucket or pockets.