NEW YORK SHEEP AND WOOL SHOW.

21 10 2013

Hello

MORE ABOUT THE FESTIVAL

The show offers the opportunity to meet and talk with people from all walks of life and health.  I demonstrated hooking with yarn the whole two days and had a lot of interest.  Most people who come to the show have stashes of yarn and wool. A wonderful woman who I had met on  a chicken meet up in the spring came up to me and asked me how Hazel was, how nice of her to spend the time looking me up at the fair.  I find shows to be an uplifting experience, my friend Lisa M. said it so well, people all coming together for one common thing, wool.  From the very young to the very old the Show holds something for everyone, I love the opportunity to share my love of sheep, spinning hooking and all things wool with everyone.

Many of us in are now in our 60’s and 70’s and even through the 80’s and  are still keeping sheep and doing some shows.  We are lucky to have the help and support from our families and friends.   I noticed in the Premier catalog a few things that will help us seniors keep doing what we are doing, one of them is on my list of things to get eventually.  It is a metal basket that you gently back your sheep into and push them into, it holds them firmly and tips them so you could give them shots and trim their feet.  I love the idea.  Another thing that I saw at the fair was a plastic walkway for sheep to get into a truck.  It folds up I helped a woman my age give the sheep a nudge up the walkway.  No more clumsy boards or heavy metal walkways.

I did meet a wonderful lady, Ann who raises Border Cheviot’s and Shetland Sheep both small manageable sheep.  We had a lovely talk and I could tell she really cares about her sheep trying to keep the breeding lines true to the breed.  Here are some pictures of her sheep.

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I am more educated about the sheep I would love to have these days and would have never taken Sally or Lucy, now I love them and will keep them till their final days but they are huge sheep and were bred without the thought of how their lives would be.  They will probably not live past the age of 9 because of their breeding.   It’s sad for them as they will have health issues.  If sheep are breed true to the breed there have less health issues. 

SUSAN’S PART OF THE BOOTH

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Susan sells vintage clothing, wonderful hats and lots of yarn plus many other wonderful antiques and things.  SHe does her own silk screening and we are doing more projects together this coming year.  And a few more shows.  Her booth is always cozy and inviting.

MEET CASSIE

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A tent was set up right outside our barn to raise money for rescue Border Collies.  Cassie is 10 and couldn’t walk, the group raised the money and she is their ambassador.  

Meet Merlin the Leicester Longwool

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Many thanks for reading my blog this morning I am happy to be back on the farm.  Hope you have a wonderful day, Carole and Minnie

 

 





NEW YORK SHEEP AND WOOL FESTIVAL-RETRO HOTEL!!!!!!!!!!

20 10 2013

Hello

SIGHTS OF THE NEW YORK SHEEP AND WOOL FESTIVAL

It was a busy day  at the fair, the weather was good and the crowds came. 

some of my things

some of my things

WHen I took a break in the afternoon I came back through the sheep barn.  There were some beautiful Soay Sheep and some Shetlands.

SOAY SHEEP

SOAY SHEEP

 

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SHETLANDS

SHETLANDS

At the end of the day Susan and I went over and visited Lisa at Spinners Hill.   We surprised her while she was doing up a sales.  So glad to see her, I had her put aside a few pieces of pottery for me to pick up tomorrow.

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THE HOTEL

This hotel that I am in is a 50’s retro.  I asked for a wake up call before I saw the room and I was handed a 20-year-old alarm clock!!!!!  On the upside there is plenty of heat and hot water.  Glad to have a bed to sleep on.

VIES FROM THE HOTEL LAST NIGHT.

VIEWS FROM THE HOTEL LAST NIGHT.

 

Many thanks for reading my blog tonight and I hope you had a wonderful day..  Carole

My kids, you haven’t heard from me by phone I can’t find it again, may be at the fairground or gone forever, e-mail me if you need to

 





NEW YORK SHEEP AND WOOL FESTIVAL

18 10 2013

HELLO

NEW YORK SHEEP AND WOOL FESTIVAL

Susan is there and set up, which is something I will plan to do next year.  The motel I was lucky enough to get requires a 3 night stay on this weekend.  It would be better for me to go relaxed on Thursday and set up and enjoy Friday looking around. and enjoying the area.  It’s a plan for next year.  I have not packed the car yet still have much to do.

All the animals are doing okay so that is a relief.  I always wish I had more things but every year more and more is added.  I don’t have soap but will start making it soon so there will be plenty for next years shows.  It will be a beautiful ride and I shall take pictures on the way.  

THE RACOON

 

Yesterday afternoon I went out on the porch and saw a movement in Cornelius yard.

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it was a large racoon.  could not find its way out  and desperately looking for one.  I must say that he had the scent of Cornelius on him!    He flattened himself out to get through, I hope that I  don’t see him again..  The hens can’t go out not until I get back and fortify the fence again.

 

Tomorrow the sights and sounds of the festival.  If you are coming I will be in barn 29 at The Sheep Frills/Whispering Pines Farm booth..  Thank you so much for reading my blog today and I hope you have a wonderful day.   Carole





MARLEY-NEW YORK SHEEP AND WOOL FESTIVAL-HAZEL

17 10 2013

GOOD MORNING

Marley and the Sheep

Yesterday was the  NO  bullying from Marley day.  No one got rammed in the gut or pushed out-of-the-way so Marley could have 3 feet  of room on the hay feeder.

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 He did fine with the his headgear.  I was in an out of their area and gave them fresh water.  Not once did I get butted, he did come over for me to pet him, wagging his tail as I did so.  I did notice that he had a hard time with the carrots, he usually gets more than the rest but last night he had to search for them.  I do believe this is the best $20.00 I ever spent.

THE PEACEABLE KINDOM

THE PEACEABLE KINGDOM

NEW YORK SHEEP AND WOOL FESTIVAL

THIS YEARS POSTER AND T SHIRTS, I LOVE IT

THIS YEARS POSTER AND T SHIRTS, I LOVE IT

 

I have been so busy getting ready for this show and will be leaving early tomorrow afternoon.  It’s almost a 3 hour  beautiful ride to the show.  Sue Bates of SHeep Frills and I share 2 booth spaces.  Last year I barely filled mine but this year I have enough things to sell to fill mine up  We both compliment each other with our things to sell.  She has many yarn packages which people scoop up eagerly.  And many antique items and vintage clothing and her moth chaser is always a sell out.  I am bringing my triangle loom to sell this year and maybe a couple of spinning wheels, one very old compact one will come for sure.   The show is a  huge with so many things going on.  SO many sheep to see its wonderful.  We get very little chances to leave out booth, but I plan to visit briefly my friend Lisa Merian of SPinners Hill Farm.  She sells wonderful rovings and pottery which I was given many years ago and add a few pieces to it every year.  Its exciting  to be at the show  There are busses coming from everywhere, one from WEBS in Northampton, several of my friends will be on that bus. I will be getting things ready up till the moment I leave.

CRAFTS OF COLRAIN

It’s hard to believe that in less than a month The Crafts of Colrain will be here.  If  you are in the area its a wonderful tour of craft artisans.  You will have a chance to see wonderful products and beautiful Colrain.

Hazel

Hazel is a little better but not improving as quickly as I would have liked.  He is eating and that is a plus.

ONE OF MY FAVORITE THINGS

HAY IN THE BARN

HAY IN THE BARN

Many thanks for reading my blog on this rainy day and I hope you have a wonderful day.    Carole

 

 

 

 





HAZEL UPDATE-GETTING READY FOR THE SHOW-CHRIS

15 10 2013

GOOD MORNING,

HAZEL

He is improving but its slow, still trying to crow but not much comes out..  He is eating well and is feisty but tires easily. I am moving him into a larger cat carrier this morning.  I really think he won’t go back with the girls till I get back.

GETTING READY FOR THE SHOW

Yesterday I packed up packages of wool and worked on cards.

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 Today I hope to get odds and ends sorted out and at least cut out some heating pads.  I have a small loom to look at to see if it will fold up, I bought it to make scarves on \and never used it.  It will be nice to have that extra room that it is taking up.

HAY AND BARN CLEANING

Chris has gone and will be back with his brother for The Crafts of Colrain.

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  We got a lot accomplished, the barn got cleaned and manure spread all over the yard, 50 bales of hay in the barn last night and we worked on the finishing up the coop.  Still things to do in there but I plan to do a little each day.  The weather has been beautiful and my friend Susan said it will be wool weather this coming weekend.  That will be great for sales.

Garden Planning

I have also done some garden planning.  I want to get a couple of honeysuckle plants and a trellis for them to grown on for the porch.  It would be wonderful to have those flowers and sweet blossoms to smell while sitting out.  I also want to improve the side garden  I hope that all the cement and chimney work will be done.  I would like to set the umbrella table out there, it would be a great place to do my blog from and just plain relaxing.    

Well its time to feed the sheep and hens, many thanks for reading my blog this morning and I hope you have a wonderful day.   Carole





CORNELIUS-TROUBLE IN THE HEN HOUSE-GETTING WOOL READY FOR NY-BLACK WALNUTS

28 09 2013

HELLO,

Cornelius has been in the barn the past several nights.  He is like a post man.  He has his appointed rounds and lets nothing stop him from them.  

TROUBLE IN THE HEN HOUSE

Well yesterday i removed one hen that was picking on the little oneS.  Last night when I put then to bed I left that hen in with Murphy, she was sleeping in one of the nest box all nice and cozy.  I shut the lights off and went to go upstairs to feed Sadie and there was so much screeching in the hen-house.  Her friend was letting me know someone was missing.  This went on the  whole time I was feeding the sheep.  So I went downstairs and got the other one out of the nest box (she really didn’t want to leave) put her in the with her friend.  Everything settled down when she saw her friend.  But this morning she was picking on them again so she is back in with Murphy.   When the little ones are a little bigger it will work out.

Getting Wool Ready for NY

 

A good part of the day was spent getting wool packaged up for the New York show in October.  I got 45 packages of Elliott’s dyed roving and 25 of dyed fleece ready to go

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  I have been cutting out small turkey’s for small wall hangings.  I cut out the 5 turkey’s today and will assemble them on pieces of wool tomorrow.  Then they will be ready to hand sew.

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BLACK WALNUTS

Gary walked every morning and found these black walnuts along the road side.

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 Tomorrow I plan to put them in the dye pot and make some black walnut dye.  I have loads of wool fabric to dye and  this  dye will fit in with the fall colors that i have on hand..

I potted up the rest of the house plants, although the weather is suppose to be beautiful through Monday you just never know when a frost is coming and its good to get the plants in before it gets too cold.

Many thanks for taking the time to ready my blog.  I hope you have a wonderful day.   Carole





NEW YORK SHEEP AND WOOL DAY 2

22 10 2012

HELLO

At then end of my barn was a very nice woman selling herbs.  Bunches of Sweet Annie were at the entrance of her booth.  Sweet Annie is one of my favorites so at the end of the day I bought two bunches.  Now my car is filled with the heavenly scent of them.  Shows are never as busy on Sundays as there are on Saturdays.  I was able to walk around a little and look at the sheep.  I am including some pictures  of some special ones.

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I have wanted Soay Sheep for a long time.  They are an ancient breed living on an island way off the coast of  Scotland.  These were so friendly.

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These are the sheep I have raised for years.  I truly love the breed.  They are long livers, very thrifty and smart.  My Sadie is a Border Leicester.

END OF THE SHOW

Sheep and vendors goods are being packed up, people and animals are ready to go home.  The show was good for both Susan and myself.  We are going to brain-storm during the winter for more products.  Buttons and  pins are among the things we would like to do over the winter.   I did a lot of rug hooking and many people are interested in hooking and asked many questions.  I met a lot of very interesting people and hope to be in contact with some of them soon.

 

 

 

 

 

HOME

I am so glad to be home, I had a welcome party when I arrived after 9:30 last night.  It was the skunk and he continued to welcome me late into the night.  He went up to the sheep pasture and all the sheep scurried out of the barn.  I don’t think he spent too much time there as it really doesn’t smell.  It’s a beautiful warm morning here and while I was doing the sheep water I sat in the pasture.  Some of the trees on the hill  have reached  their best color and it was a delight to sit amongst them for a few minutes.  Now I will be getting ready for THE CRAFTS OF COLRAIN , my house will be one of the stops.

I hope you have a wonderful day and thank you so much for reading my blog.

Carole