Life on the Farm

2 08 2012


Sadie at bedtime

Now that Sadie is old she needs special food and  needs to eat away from the rest of the sheep.  I mix her food and feed the rest and sit down in a chair which I have in the barn.  Thunder was rolling around in the distance last night and I relaxed after a busy day.  I am glad that I have this special time with her.  She can take her time eating without the worry of someone stealing all the food.   I got to thinking when the barn was full of border Leicester sheep.   They were  so wonderful and they loved to sleep out at night.  Sadie still sleeps out and Elliott the llama stays with her.  In the morning she alerts the other sheep that I am up and breakfast will be served soon.  Baa Baa Baa till I get up there.  I do appreciate the sheep I have now, the girls, Sally and Lucy are sweet and Marley is am imp, loving when he wants to be and naughty some of the time.  There was a time when I was down to 2 sheep and thought that maybe when they are gone I wouldn’t get any more.   Then came the call about 2 sheep needing a home and then the call to give Marley a home.  I have had sheep for so long I wouldn’t want to be without them  I have help from my son and a good farm sitter named Jen so there is no reason not to have them.



I bought this book during the winter sometime and skimmed through it and put it on the bookshelf.

I recently got the book out and started reading it.  I was looking for different dye recipe’s for sumac.  I came across a page that had familiar flowers.  In fact I hated these flowers and have been trying to get rid of them for years.  After blooming they have these small seeds which stick to your sweaters, pants and socks and to wool.  They are hard to get off and many times I have found them in the sheep’s wool.  Well now the flowers have a name and I am all for keeping them.  They are called Biden (tickseed sunflower).  They do look like tiny sunflowers and grow freely everywhere.  They produce a lovely orange dye.  This morning I have picked as many as I could reach, leaving the 10% rule of flowers.  Tomorrow I will report how the dyeing went.   I hope to dye a small skein of wool and  a medium swatch of wool fabric.  I highly recommend this book for first time natural dyers or seasoned natural dyers.  Its chock full of information on all the plants and full of information on getting lots of colors.

  I made this swag this morning in about 10 minutes.  I had some artemesia from the yard.(I have seen this on the roadside everywhere)  Mine was about 3 feet long.  Artemesia has a wonder smell and is another insect repeller.  More on this tomorrow.




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