We have our texel sheep shorn in the Feb/March timeframe. We trailer them over to a neighbor’s farm for sheering day. Our friends have a few hundred sheep, and hire a shearing team from Blacksburg, VA to come for the day. We put our sheep up in the barn overnight to keep them warm before the trip over. It helps get their lanolin flowing and makes the job easier. We got between four and almost ten pounds of fleece per sheep this year. If you are curious about what texel fleece looks like as yarn (I was), here’s a local fiber artist who was at shearing day with us last year. She blogged about spinning it. It’s pretty! http://feelinfibers.blogspot.com/2009/02/new-fleece-what-is-it.html
28 Sep 2010 3 Comments
FiFi (Sophia) and her brother Milos spent their first four years guarding a few hundred Tennessee Fainting Goats before they came home to watch over our small flock and herd. They didn’t get a lot of attention, being part of such a large operation. Now that they’re our dogs, they get lots of love and attention. I decided to try to teach them ‘sit’. It took FiFi about a day to catch on. Milos is still working on it. FiFi now runs up to me and sits when she sees me, hoping I have a biscuit in my pocket. I usually do. She’s 140 pounds of adorable.
27 Sep 2010 4 Comments
That’s what we entered in our county fair this year. Garlic, sunflower head, sweet potato, soap, honey, baked goods, some artwork, Grandma’s quilt and a ton of canned goods. We ended up with 36 blue ribbons, 11 second place ribbons (including the big one for second place antique quilt) and 9 third place ribbons! We earned the largest check of this year’s fair. What should we spend it on??
25 Sep 2010 1 Comment
24 Sep 2010 3 Comments
What else would you name a giant white chicken? She’s an Americauna who give us lovely green eggs. We got her last year from a local poultry guy. We didn’t set out to buy a chick that day, we set out to buy 2 turkeys to raise for our holiday table. The turkeys were just 12 hours old, and were running around with baby chicks. The guy said you’d better buy one of the chicks, too. Turkeys learn how to eat by watching chickens do it. Turkeys are stupid. Ours died within a week. They starved to death. We still have Cranberry, though. What a perfect name for a turkey side!
22 Sep 2010 Leave a comment
We got 3/4 of a cup last year and then our bees died over the winter. We did considerably better this year! It’s all been sold, with the exception of some we’ve set aside for ourselves and family. One of the guys in our bee club asked us if we had 5 extra gallons to sell him to meet one of his customer orders, so we’re still very small time (but it didn’t feel that way the day we extracted this in our kitchen!)
21 Sep 2010 1 Comment