Friday, June 25, 2010


so one of the reasons that we acquired bfl is because you can shear them yourself.
well....I have never done that.  So last night was a milestone.  Beth's breeder said that her fleece needed to come off now.  So I applied myself to the task.  I did it but trust me it was not a perfect job.  I was scared to death of nicking her....seriously I had a professional shearer injure a lamb so badly that we had to euthanize her-and now I was going to attempt it???
We succeeded and it was actually not so hard.  I am sure I will learn with each shearing

Kerry is so curious, she wanted to know what we were doing to her big girl friend

Ta-dah!!!!!  however Beth said what???? you are taking my picture???

And the result...a Beautiful bag of Fleece...I went right in and washed a bit...I am IN LOVE.....

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Blacksheep 2010

Two days in Eugene at the Blacksheep gathering and still not enough time to see everything!~We found the best breakfast restaurant in the city The Keystone Cafe-I highly recommend it-all homemade and organic and fresh-yum!!! just be careful when you self serve your coffee or you will wear it (ask Barb)
It was the Blue Faced Leicester National, which as you all know is my favorite fleece to work with so it was every where-and I bought some-you'll see that in a minute.

I entered two of my sculptures and did well with the Jacob sheep taking a first and the Tibetan Mastiff taking a second palce to a really really cute knitting squirrel.

Barb and I entered a handbag,  She constructed the bag out of Esteban's wool yarn and I finished the bag from felting to the lining to the needle felting.  We got to watch the judging of our enteries and the Judge was very complementary.

Carol, Dave and Ellie and their grandson Spencer were in the show ring most of the day yesterday winning ribbons  :-) with their colored angora goats.

Here is  Carol and her beautiful buck.

Dave Ellie and Spencer in the Buck kid class
wonder what Spencer is thinking here

Ellie with her girl that won some BIG ribbons

Dave having a conversation with a young buck about behaving in the show ring!

And now for my fleeces!!!!!! They are the cutest fleeces ever!!!!
they are like chia pets feed and water them and they grow more!!!!

It is great.  I finally have my Blue Faced Leicester flock start!!! yahoo!!!!
This has been a goal for three years and I finally just jumped in and did it. 
So Friday while they were shopping for yarn I was shopping for my two sheep.
The breeder that I chose was here from Michigan and what a chance for our farm to acquire some quality girls from the midwest.  So I picked out my girls and then they competed on Saturday.

This young ewe has a beautiful heavy curly fleece that is perfect for my santas and my sheep!
In the show yesterday she took 4th in a class of 20

My favorite, my little ewe lamb proved that I really do have a good eye.  She took reserve grand champion!!! What a great way to start my flock.  I could not be happier.  And as word spread, all of the southern Oregon friends heard that I have added BFL-wanted to know what I was going to do with the fleece ;-)....Get in line after me girls...hahaha  I have been waiting for this fleece for a long time!!!!

So glad we went Friday and Saturday and have the last day of the weekend to recover and get my pasture ready for the new girls (oh and a bunch of other chores of course!)

Create a Great Day

Monday, June 14, 2010

Dawn at Liongate Farm- a Photo tour

Yesterday morning was the First glorious summer morning of the year.
Of course with such a packed weekend and a housefull of guests for Alex's graduation
I was the only one up prowling around to see it.   I am usually up before the roosters and
yesterday was no with coffee and camera in hand I set out to check on the growing progress
of the place.  I like a lot of things but gardening and flowers are one of my "loves"

First I ran into our night security guard Sara..she is always on duty
protecting the Rams from the cougars and my roses from deer destruction.

Then I ran into Slash, mouse duty extrordianare

yummmm some June bearing strawberries...I supplemented my breakfast

A new row of everbearing strawberries and the swing nestled in the daisy patch

My favorite Tibetan Mastiff wind chime

Our carnivorous Voodoo plant is blooming-it opened later on in the sun and the
smell is horrific-but it is cool to look inside and see all the bugs it traps

Patio place

Just for looks

deck place

I gave in and caged the roses.  They are beautiful! I have NEVER seen them before-the
deer always eat them first!!!1

The Rams were just waking up

Bird spot
Can you taste the sauerkraut???

My new artichokes-I lost all of my others in the freeze in December and a shot of the patio from the garden

Above is more garden...below here is some heather and a pretty little hosta, the guineas waking up ready for tick patrol

Horse radish

The peonies are in full swing

The front door clematis and some hanging flowers on the 

Bridge to  a pasture (currently being reseeded and growing great!)



a pretty spot and a silly tree face

Just a pretty pot of flowers