NEW LOOM, VISITING FRIENDS-GARDENERS BASIL & LIME SOAP-BUS TRIP TO THE 2018 MARYLAND SHEEP AND WOOL FESTIVAL.

15 05 2017

GREETING FRIENDS

MY FAVORITE SPRING FLOWER

Today is the last of the rainy, dreary, damp and cold days.  The sun is suppose to come out this afternoon and the winds are going to pick up and dry it all off.  We are certainly not in a drought situation any more.   There is so much to do this spring I have almost finished manuring and weeding the front yard and need to get to the back this week.  I am transplanting some wild raspberries  near a fence in the front area, hoping to be able to contain them better.  My female elderberry isn’t doing well, does anyone know if they are hard to root.  I would love to start some new ones.  The male plant is flourishing.

NEW LOOM AND A VISIT WITH FRIENDS

I have been looking for a loom for months now and knew that one would come along.  When mentioning it to my friends Ulla and Dick they said they had the perfect one for me.  A 36 inch Leclerc  4 harness loom.  It’s a beauty. And there is a story behind it.  They drove up to Canada to pick it up!  Solid Maple which will be good for rugs.  About a year after I sold my looms I did a workshop at The Springfield Weavers and realized that I missed weaving.  Especially overshot which is my favorite weave.   And  also I needed a way to use up the boxes and boxes of hand-spun yarn in the sewing room.  I have decided to have it in my downstairs bedroom and have taken the room apart and made room. Now I would like to refresh the room with some paint and the loom will have a new home.

I had a wonderful visit with Ulla and Dick on the loom picking up day.  It was shearing day for them and it was wonderful to watch Aaron (my new shearer) get the job done.  He has just gotten back from Australia where he sheared hundreds of sheep.

Ulla in the background and Aaron shearing

  We had a wonderful day remembering old times,  new projects and garden ideas.  I can’t wait to visit again to see the new weathervane that Dick is making.  I was lucky enough to see a picture of it almost done.  Itsa carved turtle.  Next time pictures.  When I next visit them they will have their new chickens.

THEIR SHEEP ALL SHEARED

LYMES

The 90 days on Doxicycline did very little for the Lymes Disease I have.    I did tolerate it well though.  I will now be on another antibiotic as it is summer and with Doxi I could have a severe reaction from the sun.  I will be on it for at least 6 months and there is no guarantee.  I have to try it .  I have already had many ticks on me they say that this year is going to be one of the worst.  I am going to make up a herbal concoction to spray on myself each day.

BASIL-LIME WITH GROUND UP CORN GARDENERS SOAP AND OATMEAL SOAP

 

I made these two soaps a couple of weeks ago and they are now drying on racks.  They will be ready for the Massachusetts Sheep and Woolcraft Fest.  The kitchen is filled with their smells. It was the first time I used my grinder and I love it.

 

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SHEARING DAY

23 04 2015

GREETINGS

Yesterday was a wild day with warmth and sunshine early on to heavy rains and high winds when we started shearing.  Then cold.  Today its sunny but cold and windy with snow showers and some rain showers in the afternoon.

SHEARING DAY

Before

Before

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after

Steve and Chris did a wonderful job.  CHris learning new techniques like moving and flipping a large sheep and giving Steve lots of help.

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Firs was Marley, we may have to do him twice a year certainly his nails got long this year so I will have to do them in the summer and maybe give him a trim at that time.  His fleece was very long.  We put him outside when he was done and onto the next which was Carol K. , then Maude, Lucy and then Sally was last.

Litte Marley

Little Marley

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Lil and her Mom and two brothers came over, she entertained us by singing Baa Baa Blacksheep!

Many thanks for reading my blog today, I hope you have a wonderful day.  Carole

 





EGGS-SHEARING DAY

22 03 2015

GREETINGS

The winds are howling outside my computer window and every once in a while I feel a breeze.  Its one of the windows that I need to get a storm window for.  Yesterdays snow is gone. The winds will help some of the snow to go away.  I planned on picking some pussy willows today but the winds are to fearce and I am worried that the other half of that tree may come down.

EGGS

6 Eggs yesterday, they are all getting into spring egg laying .  Soon there will be chicks in the store.

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SHEARING DAY

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Lil loves sheep

WAITING

WAITING

THE SHEARER WAS GREAT

THE SHEARER WAS GREAT

IT'S OVER

IT’S OVER

 

ALthough the  weather didn’t cooperated it didn’t stop people from coming out and watching the shearing process.  And a bonus was a Mom with her twin Lambs.  I have to schedule my Shearer for the beginning of April.  

Thank you for reading my log today and I hope you have a wonderful day.





WHISPERING PINES FARM SHEARING DAY

26 04 2014

Hello

Yesterday didn’t turn out like expected at all.  First Elliott was supposed to be sheared in the morning, he has a rash so I called the Shearer and he will do it another time.  I called the vet and he was going to come but he had to cancel because of many emergencies and will come on MOnday.  Then I called the sheep Shearer Steve and he came at 1pm..

It was an enormous help having Chris here.  They were able to come up with a set up that worked very easily.  The sheep were locked up in one area and Steve would go out and collect one and Chris would watch the gate.  It was a smooth operation.

The wool is beautiful in spite of the rough winter and the late shearing.  The following are pictures of Shearing Day, hope you enjoy them.  Poor Marley in spite of being the bully here on the farm he was heard grinding his teeth like mad (this is a sign of stress in sheep but he is the only sheep that I have ever had that does this) and cried like a baby while getting sheared.  Of course as soon as he grows his wool he will be back to his old self!

 

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Maude was the first.  She is an easy-going sheep.  Being a Shearer is a hard job.  You have to have lots of strength to flip a sheep.

Marley trying to be invisible.

Marley trying to be invisible.

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Carol K is glad that she is done.

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Poor Marley crying like a baby.  It’s hard to believe he is a bully now!

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Many thanks for reading my blog on this rainy spring day.  Hope your day is wonderful.  Carole