Monday, January 30, 2012

Late Winter Chores

Happy Monday!
Friday was a marathon shearing day.   Saturday was a into town do a bunch of errands and take dinner over to the parents, stuffed pork chops and Dave's pumpkin pie....yummy!
Sunday...back to the chore list...scrape mud out of chicken coop (ewww i hate that job)....install a river(mini aussie) proof half door on chicken coopshop vac all the cob webs out of the eaves in the back of the house, organize the pantry, clean the barn...My barns are cleaner that some peoples houses ;-)  oh and wash and skirt fleeces!!!

I finished the ewes and got two of the boys done! WHEW.  Three more boys to go and winter shear is finished!!!Some pretty awesome fleeces.

Darrell aka bone A gotland Ram, aka bonehead because of the visible horn base on his head...although he is polled.  He likes to lie under the shearing stand when his girls are being I have to walk around his big body..... father of the soon to be 
arriving lambs...starting this week ;-)  We have reservations for 6 meat lambs so far....(sold on the hoof for you to finish    email us if you are interested)
Dannie is a nice little navajo churro ewe that is already bagging up-so I got her fleece
off just in time for the lambs! She has a bit more kemp than I like in her fleece so we will 
see how her lambs look..then maybe add her to the sale list.
I am thinking that *maybe* I should send some of this awesome grey
that I have off of sniffles and moon-two nice navajo churro ewes
out  to my favorite mill and have some roving and yarn done professionally.

O.B. is a Gotland wether.(see my gotlands are Darrell and the Other Brother Darrell..aka O.B.)..and he is huge I had to stand on the shearing stand to shear the top of him otherwise my arms would fall off!!.....I love all the crimp he gives meI can't wait to wash it.....
I washed some Blue face that I sheared on New years. And the previous wash is sure  looking fabulous on the  sheep!

On the drying rack

I did a wash on some mohair that I got from BillyGoat Mountain ranch...
I did not pick it first...that is next...lots of little weeds to pick out...good to do
if I am watching TV..... I am going to felt it on to some of the big sheep and crow like the white ones in the picture above...pretty!

I am reading "The Shack"  pretty enlightening....
Remember Create a Great Day!

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Late Winter Shearing Time

It's that time of year...shearing before the lambs arrive starting February 7th!
Slowly working through the ewes..I have three to go and just the rams-whew!
Going to make it in time.   
Some beautiful fleeces are coming off revealing some nicely plump pregnant girls.;-)

Mouse gave me a really nice big dense fleece
and a nice big tummy-I believe she will be first to lamb.....

 Pippa's fleece is shorter than I like but will wash up beautifully for dyeing and felting
 Hilda and Glenda gave me almost identical grey fleeces but true to their names Hilda was a squirmy worm on the shearing stand and Glenda was an angel to shear!

Beth gave me a beautiful curly she should she is a blue faced leicester
and she looks to be having twins at least ;-)

I just had to wash half of it already.... going to start using it on my sheep today!~!

Winter has finally arrived...the wet part and the the new roof that we put on the ewe barn this summer
is heaven! And it is finally level inside.....makes my options for lambing jugs much better!

Watch for some of these fleeces on esty soon!
Now go out and Create a great day I am off to do morning chores before I have to go 
to that real job!

Monday, January 9, 2012

                  Mahatma Gandhi said, “Be the change you wish to see in the world.

     It is 2012 and I am back on track. Since last years new years resolution worked out pretty well I am going to keep it for this year. Organize one thing every day.  It worked! I got so many old things taken care of that I am now to the new old things!  ;-)

 Three sheep sheared 10 ewes to go before lambing.  Tuffs fleece is the most interesting
with three distict shades of grey and some black

We have some fabulous fleece from the Blues.   Lambing. We are going on the defense against that cougar and our lambs this year! We have been working hard on removing underbrush and getting the more woodsy area fenced and the horses are going to go there.....will help keep the wild life occupation down...and use our guardians better.

   Etsy shop soon to be styles of sheep coming!

We have been so busy that River cannot find anyone to Play with him except his best friend 

Part of my resolution is to get this blog back on track....... keep checking!!!!