Today I have been to Atkins Fruit Farm in Amherst, Ma. I have been going there since I was a child. It was always a fun destination.
I need carrots and at least a months worth for the sheep.
I have long-lived sheep and I think part of the reason is they get carrots . Full of vitamins and minerals (they do get a mineral block) and good for the teeth. And maybe most of all for them is the delight in getting them twice a day. Atkins carries local carrots for 3/4 of the year. These are number two carrots and are packaged in 25 pound bags. They are very reasonable and are cheaper than the cheapest 10 pound bag in the store. It is a 50 mile round trip and 3 hours of my time but I definitely think its worth it.
I had this dream that someday I would have this wonderful farm with a perfect barn all on level ground. I would have a tractor to help me with the work. Sometimes you have to let dreams go. My farm is an old post and beam barn, and its a beauty. Its built into the mountain with the second floor going out into the pasture. The pasture is all up hill, good for sheep exercise. I am lucky to have it. I am not living out the perfect dream but am living out my dream. The tractor is me or my sons ATV. They both work, the hard work keeps me in shape the ATV does the work I can’t do. The animals give me a reason to get up every day.
I have this card I bought in my beloved Ireland many years ago. I keep it on my herb and spice cabinet so I can see it every day. “Life is like a cup of tea…… It’s how you make it”. Truer works were never spoken.
After I get the animals fed I hope to spin some more of Elliott’s roving for the rug. I may have all the hooking done by next weekend. I never thought I would find a good use for the roving, it has so many guard hairs in it. But its great for hooking and I have used up almost 2 years worth of roving in this rug.
It was in the high 40′s today with gusty winds, tomorrow night might be below zero. I will spend the day tomorrow keeping the stoves going.
Hope you have a wonderful day and thank you so much for reading my blog. Carole