The Hay is in…

The first cutting of hay is baled and stacked in the barn.  We got it cut and baled just before the rains.  There are a few wagon loads and lots of round bales.hay

hay

sheep at waterer

Got some spinning done…

handspunI take lots of photos (not just of sheep and fiber).  We were exploring on our old property down the way and I got some great photos of this old truck.  Some nice colors for dyeing.  As you can see from the photos, the rain was coming…and it hasn’t left since.

old truck

truckfender

 

Shop Update and Lots of Rain

I have listed new dyed locks listed in the online farm shop.  The dark Wensleydale locks are from a black/silver fleece and I over dyed them with a mix of purples.

Hand Dyed Wensleydale Locks
Hand Dyed Wensleydale Locks
Black Silver Wensleydale Locks Overdyed with Purples
Black Silver Wensleydale Locks Overdyed with Purples

Lots of hot weather, rain, and foggy mornings lately.

fog morn

foggy morn

The fleeces are growing…and so are the weeds…IMG_2706

The towels are off the loom and ready to be washed and hemmed

The towels are off the loom and ready to be washed and hemmed.

Lambing 2015

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Just to update everyone…  There are several ewes bred for the 2015 lambing season.  Lambs are due late spring (April-May).  If you are looking for a fiber animal, I have a few really nice wethers available.

Heading out to the pasture
Heading out to the pasture

Wensleydale Lambs

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So far we have 12 Wensleydale lambs.  The percentages range from 93%-98%.  There are a few more ewes yet to lamb.  Our Cormo ewes are due to lamb in a couple of weeks.  We will have lambs available for purchase after weaning.

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Winter Update

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Winter got an early start and it is still going strong.  I haven’t been online much since there is so much work in the winter with the livestock.  I thought I would post a photo update.  IMG_6222 IMG_6346

The sheep have enjoyed being in the barn away from the winter weather.  They are a tad bit spoiled as are the horses and livestock guardian dogs!  They have all been spending a lot of time in the barn!

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What’s Going On…

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Summer is finally here.  It has been so busy around here! I have to get my blog caught up!!  The lambs are growing fast and so are the weeds!  I had a skunk move in under the chicken coop and have been trying to trap it.  So far, I have caught barn cats and raccoons.  Maybe tonight I will catch the skunk? The chickens have not seemed to notice the smelly skunk.  I guess they have been too busy laying eggs.

eggs

 

The spring rains were great for the hay fields.  We have the barns full of round bales and square bales..

round bales

 

 

I snapped a couple of photos of the Wensleydales “wool on the hoof” when I was worming the sheep.

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I took some time to knit some socks on my circular sock machine.  I knit the ones below with Regia Blitz Color yarn.  They turned out great and I love the way the yarn knit up.

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Spring (Shearing) is Here!

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The Cormo sheep have been sheared and I will be skirting fleeces for the next couple of days.  Most of the fleeces have been spoken for, but there may be a couple of extras.  I will send out a newsletter with information about remaining fleeces (if there are any).

Snack Time
Snack Time

I took the above photo when the ewes came in from the pasture in the evening.  The pastures are very lush, so I do not need to feed the sheep grain.  I give them a just a little grain to get them to come in paddock near the house at night.  The coyotes don’t tend to come too close to the house.  My Great Pyrenees does a great job of protecting the sheep from pedators, but I feel better knowing they are not too far from the house during the night…

fleeceshot

Noona
Noona
Lambi
Lambi

 

 

 

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