Thursday, March 23, 2017

Simple Homestead Hop #96



Welcome to the hop!


Spring is here! After having to reschedule twice, due to rain, sheep shearing is finally happening, today. We will have close to 50 fleeces to keep us busy for quite some time. 
 


 Co-hosts





Kathi at Oak Hill Homestead - Facebook - Pinterest - Instagram Tracy at Our Simple Homestead - Facebook - Twitter - Pinterest Nancy at On the Homefront - Facebook - Twitter - Pinterest Dash at Bloom Where You're Planted - Facebook - Instagram Delci at Heritage Homestead - Facebook - Google+ - Pinterest - YouTube;Sandra at Clearwater Farm - 
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Most Visited Post from last weeks hop...

Clean Living - A Homestead Diet



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Oak Hill Homestead


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You are invited to share your original homesteading, homemaking, and homeschooling posts. We have a few little rules: 
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  • No links to blog hops or posts dedicated to advertising products.
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  • By linking to this hop you are giving us permission to link back to your post and share one photo if you are featured.
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Thursday, March 16, 2017

Simple Homestead Hop #95



Welcome to the hop!


Spring is just around the corner and winter is going out with a fight...it has been cold in Michigan. 
We will be shearing soon, so I hope it warms up a bit.
What you has you busy on your homestead? 

 Co-hosts





Kathi at Oak Hill Homestead - Facebook - Pinterest - Instagram Tracy at Our Simple Homestead - Facebook - Twitter - Pinterest Nancy at On the Homefront - Facebook - Twitter - Pinterest Dash at Bloom Where You're Planted - Facebook - Instagram Delci at Heritage Homestead - Facebook - Google+ - Pinterest - YouTube;Sandra at Clearwater Farm - 
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Most Visited Post from last weeks hop...

Heritage Homestead Farm Living





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Monday, March 13, 2017

Knit In February

Lucy


February was pretty uneventful on the farm. We are just patiently waiting for Spring. I spent more time reading than I did knitting, but I dd manage some.

I finished a tote/bag that I had started a while back. 




I used some handspun Border Leicester, dyed with Cushings, mahogony. The yarn was made from Lucy's fleece.  She has a more course fleece than some of our other BL sheep, and it works great for these types of projects. 

I didn't follow the pattern exactly,  I made mine a bit smaller and I didn't  fnd straps that I liked for the bag, so I knit/felt  a set.  It was one of those projects, that I just about ran out of yarn (nail biter). It wasn't like I could go to the store and pick up another skein. I didn't take notes when dying, so getting the exact same color, would have been near impossible.Thankfully, I finished it, with none to spare. 

Pattern: Seed Stitch Market Bag

Yarn-Handspun Border Leicester



I also did a few small projects, one being a sweater for my iPhone. Quick and easy. 

Pattern:Smart Phone Sweater 
Yarn: Lion Brand Vanna's Choice 


Only 7 more days until Spring!


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Thursday, March 9, 2017

Simple Homestead Blog Hop #94



Welcome to the hop!


Look forward to seeing your Homesteading, Homeschooling, and Homemaking post this week !

 Co-hosts





Kathi at Oak Hill Homestead - Facebook - Pinterest - Instagram Tracy at Our Simple Homestead - Facebook - Twitter - Pinterest Nancy at On the Homefront - Facebook - Twitter - Pinterest Dash at Bloom Where You're Planted - Facebook - Instagram Delci at Heritage Homestead - Facebook - Google+ - Pinterest - YouTube;Sandra at Clearwater Farm - 
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Most Visited Post from last weeks hop...

   Embracing Ma's Practical Pioneering Spirit During Lean Times




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You are invited to share your original homesteading, homemaking, and homeschooling posts. We have a few little rules: 
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  • By linking to this hop you are giving us permission to link back to your post and share one photo if you are featured.
  • Please note: Posts that don’t follow these few little guidelines will be deleted.


This week's code:
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Thursday, March 2, 2017

Simple Homestead Hop #93



Welcome to the hop!


Look forward to seeing your Homesteading, Homeschooling, and Homemaking post this week !

 Co-hosts





Kathi at Oak Hill Homestead - Facebook - Pinterest - Instagram Tracy at Our Simple Homestead - Facebook - Twitter - Pinterest Nancy at On the Homefront - Facebook - Twitter - Pinterest Dash at Bloom Where You're Planted - Facebook - Instagram Delci at Heritage Homestead - Facebook - Google+ - Pinterest - YouTube;Sandra at Clearwater Farm - 
Facebook - Pinterest - Instagram

Most Visited Post from last weeks hop...

Grandma's House DIY 
4 Recipes That Save Us 1000 a Year

The 4 household homemade DIY cleaning recipes that are saving us over $1,000 per year! So easy to make and better for us and the environment!


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 If you were featured be sure to pick up your, " Simple Homestead” button. We look forward to seeing what you have to share this week!  If you would like to be featured in the future, be sure to link back to the hop. We love to read encouraging posts about homesteading. Please stop by to congratulate the featured bloggers this week. If you were featured, grab a button to display proudly on your blog.


Oak Hill Homestead


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  • No links to blog hops or posts dedicated to advertising products.
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  • Please visit other bloggers and let them know you found them here.
  • Please follow us by email! You’ll receive notice when the hop is open for business.
  • Only share content and photos that you have created or have permission to share.
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Monday, February 27, 2017

Shepherdess Notes: FACTS about Sheep Shearing





Our 2017 sheep shearing day is scheduled! 2016 was a great year, and the mill has been empty. We will have over 50 fleeces this year, and I am excited that we will be knee deep in wool once again.



(repost from 2014)

Sometimes I am surprised by some of the "rumors' that fly around about farming.

One example of that is about sheep shearing. I have read articles that talk about the horrors of shearing sheep.  Last I checked, all of my sheep survive the shearing experience. Actually they handle it better than my toddlers did during their first hair cut!

I have heard that sheep are abused while being shorn,  even experiencing bodily injury. An experienced shearer knows how to handle a sheep,  and most of the time the sheep handle it pretty well. The lambs and yearling ewes are a little more high strung about it, but the shearer does not harm them.  Occasionally a ewe will get a nick from the clippers, but an experienced shearer usually doesn't leave a scratch!
A good reason to hire an experienced sheep shearer. They do make the experience easier on everyone!
( I think I  have received more injuries during shearing days, than the sheep :) )

I have heard about the unnecessary stress that sheep are put through by shearing because  a sheep will only grow the amount of wool it needs. False!  I keep sheep, we have missed shearing times, the wool gets VERY long, matted, dirty, and collects manure tags.

I have heard claims that sheep would shed their wool, naturally before summer. If only! I have never had a sheep shed its wool. If they did we wouldn't have to hire a shearer every year.

Our sheep will grow fleeces that weigh between 7-11 pounds annually.  After shearing, our sheep bounce around like lambs. I personally think they appreciate that hair wool cut!

If you visit a farm on shearing day, you will see the sheep are handled with care, and the shearing experience takes but a few minutes.( We have our home school group coming out on shearing day, I assure you, there will be no children watching on in horror as the sheep get their annual clipping.)

Any smart farmer will not want harm to come to his/her animals. Why would they? They are an investment! It only makes sense to take care of that investment. If I had a shearer that abused my animals, or left them injured, I would be looking for a new shearer.

We pay for these sheep, they are not cheap. Most of our  ewes live their lives out here, we take good care of them. In return, they give us beautiful wool fleeces and lambs. Win, Win!

For other post on shearing:

http://www.mittenstatesheepandwool.com/2013/03/spring-shearingdone.html

http://www.mittenstatesheepandwool.com/2013/03/sheep-shearing-scheduled.html


Wear Wool! (sorry, I couldn't resist...)


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Thursday, February 23, 2017

Simple Homestead Blog Hop #92



Welcome to the hop!


Look forward to seeing your Homesteading, Homeschooling, and Homemaking post this week !

 Co-hosts





Kathi at Oak Hill Homestead - Facebook - Pinterest - Instagram Tracy at Our Simple Homestead - Facebook - Twitter - Pinterest Nancy at On the Homefront - Facebook - Twitter - Pinterest Dash at Bloom Where You're Planted - Facebook - Instagram Delci at Heritage Homestead - Facebook - Google+ - Pinterest - YouTube;Sandra at Clearwater Farm - 
Facebook - Pinterest - Instagram

Most Visited Post from last weeks hop...

Kitchen Organizing
Grandma's House DIY
Wrapped twine hanging basket how to make it country for our kitchen organization


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 If you were featured be sure to pick up your, " Simple Homestead” button. We look forward to seeing what you have to share this week!  If you would like to be featured in the future, be sure to link back to the hop. We love to read encouraging posts about homesteading. Please stop by to congratulate the featured bloggers this week. If you were featured, grab a button to display proudly on your blog.


Oak Hill Homestead


The Rules

You are invited to share your original homesteading, homemaking, and homeschooling posts. We have a few little rules: 
  • Family friendly posts only!
  • No links to blog hops or posts dedicated to advertising products.
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  • Please visit other bloggers and let them know you found them here.
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  • Only share content and photos that you have created or have permission to share.
  • By linking to this hop you are giving us permission to link back to your post and share one photo if you are featured.
  • Please note: Posts that don’t follow these few little guidelines will be deleted.






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