Thursday, November 13, 2014

to & fro

Zach and I have been trying to take advantage of the last warm and sunny days... He's a good buddy for walking up to the mailbox with me. I can usually bring my camera along and get some pretty pictures while we sweetly saunter...

Aunt Ruth had a birthday this month. We were so glad to celebrate with her.


It's startin' to be that time of year... the critters are 'adjusting' to hay. I say 'adjusting' because they still see green grass, and would rather get out of their safe and cozy pasture to eat the neighbor's yard rather than eat the yummy hay we provide.
Don't they know that this is, of all seasons, a time to be grateful? :)

I found a little traveler on Aliyah...

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Baby Sheeps & Buggy Buds

"...He has made everything beautiful in its time..." Ecclesiastes 3:11a
Fall is one of our favorite seasons. Cooler weather, beautiful colors, happy sheeps, getting gardens ready for a long winter's nap...

Digory is just like his papa. The stable makes an excellent scratchin' post...

The Unsteady Six. Mama's three newest lambs in the background. Annabelle's babies in front.
All a little suspicious of the crazy camera lady...
Meanwhile, Eva, Eustace, Ezzy, & Edie are all clamoring at my knees for cuddles, ear scratchin's, and treats.
and trying to eat the camera.

Eustace is trying to explain to Evie that the camera is 'not so scary.' 'in fact, it's rather tasty.' I'm trying to wipe his slobber off my uber expensive lense...

Monday, October 20, 2014

Gus & The Not-So-Fast-Chicken-Nuggets

Gus was very interested in the chicks that we brought home a couple of weeks ago. 
It's a good thing that these darling little handfuls of fluffy down turn into ugly and fat birds.

Saving Birds & Shawl Knitting

It's always something new around here... Chaos was trying to eat this little one through the tayberry netting in the garden. Poor little dove had wandered into a seeming paradise, discovered it was berry-less and realized he was trapped. I've never held a dove before. His poor heart was all a flutter, and I'm sure that he was terrified of us, 'unwinged'-large-bird-eating-monsters that we are.

After Farm Days, a lady asked me to make a shawl for a family member for a Christmas gift. 
So, I dyed some handspun Elijah, and began to cast on stitches... 

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

A Good WoolFest

We had a great time at the 2014 Wool Festival this past weekend. We had beautiful weather, except for when we didn't. The wind was a little scary there for a bit on Friday... Other than that the weekend was very pleasant. It was so much fun to see all of our fiber buddies again. It was great being next to our friends in the Wool Tent and have friends to talk to and visit with during the slow points. For the most part, we didn't get in very much visiting because it was so very busy ALL three days!
ewefluffyewe had a great weekend, for which we're thankful. We sold out of pumpkin hats. We never seem to have enough of those. Mama took over the spinning for me on Sunday. I just couldn't sit still much longer... Papa loved helping fetch good food for all the vendors. Keeping everyone happy with full bellies helps when you're away from home.
There was fluff, music, yum-yums, peeps, and well everything a girl could want, but it's still nice to be home.

Monday, September 29, 2014

A Few Months Worth of News

I did not keep up with blogging as well as I had hoped this year, but good for me, the year's not over yet. So, please bear with the catch-up.

Annabelle and Aliyah both had successful lambing seasons this year each producing a set of triplets. This was Cora's first year, and we lost both of her lambs. Two beautiful white ewe lambs. Eunice and Echo. As the weeks passed on, it became evident that we had a parasite problem. A super wet winter, and overpasturing in the spring, we almost lost Annabelle, but she pulled through. I still don't think that she trusts me with her babies. We did however lose a lamb, my sweet little Ellie Bear. And our ram, Barnaby. Losing critters is so very hard. I still miss them so much.

We tried our hand at foster-shepherding. A friend of ours works full time and couldn't care for a bottle baby so we kept Baby Hannah for a few months, which was a complete joy for all of us. Baby Hannah loves being with people and we were so happy to be a part of that with our friends.

Our sweet friends helped us out in turn, by helping us remove Clive from our flock. After Clive rammed one of the neighbor kids it became evident that he was too dangerous to keep on our farm.

We tried to adopt a Great Pyrenees to guard our flock, but sweet Daisy did not like being apart from us and penned in with a bunch of fluffy sheeps. We miss Daisy, but we're glad that she is in a good home with people who love her.

We moved one of our inside dogs, Chaos (so aptly named) outside. He is doing well and loves playing fetch for hours on end. We actually got some corn out of our garden this year and we believe it's thanks to Chaos for keeping the deer and raccoons out of the garden.

I canned lots of vegetables. Papa made some wild plum jelly. I started weeding the flower gardens more faithfully instead of blogging. :)

We tried a new festival in Indiana - The Hoosier Hills Fiber Festival. I came home with a beautiful BFL lamb, Esmerelda. And Papa bought Mama her very own lamb, little Edie.

We're still trying to get our hay in for the winter.

We were part of the Kenton County Farm Tour at the Pumpkin Patch and met lots of new people!

We're still scrambling to get ready for the KY WoolFest. Where we hope to see you!