Friday, June 12, 2015

Hay, Wool, & Sheep

Hay, Wool, and Sheep-that has what has been keeping me busy these days.


I have a local craft show that I decided to attend, so I have spent a lot of time in the mill and in my make shift fiber studio. Processing and dyeing wool roving for felting kits, that my friend (the felter) is putting together and for spinning kits that I am putting together.  Dryer balls are always a big hit, so I have spent many evenings making those as well.





The sheep have been enjoying leisurely days in the pasture. We are getting ready to start weaning one group in June, and another group in July/ We decided to sell the lambs after they are weaned. We usually keep them until Fall, but decided against it this year.

We have quite a bit of interest in the Tunis lambs, so we have started taking pictures and getting paperwork around for the ones we are selling.



We have not have any replacement Border Leicester ewes this year (Thank you Tunis Ram) and have traveled a bit buying a few lambs, and we have also added a Blue Faced Leicester and more Romney. Trying to grow the flock.

Rain has made hay season a little bit stressful. They were able to bale it before the rain, and we have spent the day bringing in it the barn. The field is next door, but it takes several trips, with only two wagons to get it back here in the barns. We are still trying to decide if we like Round Bales better than square...





I still have not planted my tomato and pepper plants yet,  that is next on the list. The garden will be small this year. We were hoping to get some more raised beds built, but it just didn't happen. I have to remind myself, that is just life and you can't do everything.

What has you busy this time of year?


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12 comments:

  1. What has me busy this time of the year is just what has you busy. Hay, wool, sheep. I also make many , many wool dryer balls. They really are a hit for so may and I am glad to discover wool balls are appreciated by many. I also needle felt them with many specific designs that are appreciated by the people the designs appeal to.

    Love this post.

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    1. I have a good friend that loves to needle felt, and makes beautiful designs/figures. I am not quite patient enough for it (or artistic) I hope all is well on your farm!

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  2. Beautiful pictures Not surprised you didn't find time to get the raised beds built...time has a way of galloping by

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    1. Thank you,
      Time does fly, especially in the spring/summer months.

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  3. "that is just life and you can't do everything" a hard lesson to learn and remember from someone who works hard and needs to complete everything too. It will get done and as we age that lesson becomes more clear. Take care and enjoy the felting and dyeing you are doing a wonderful job. So proud of you. Hug B.

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    1. Thanks :)
      Just have to fight the guilt of not being able to do it all ;)

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  4. We are working on a number of projects on the farm, some with hired crews and some without. Either way, it is a very busy time and the weeds are laughing at me from the garden as they try to take over. It feels great to work on some long-term plans, even though it makes this an extra busy time.

    Fern

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    1. Weeds are relentless!
      It is nice having help. There have been projects around here that we hired done, and it was nice! Good luck with everything!

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  5. Kudos for you to do a summer craft show! I avoid them if I can. Winter yes, summer no. I would love to see your stuff though. I would be a very good customer!

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    1. hoping it goes well, not sure if it going to be a good venue for wool products, we shall see.

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  6. Lamb looks so cute and I would love to see your finished project...

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    1. Thank you, I will post pictures of the show/products :)

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