I was startled awake at 4.30 this morning by something screaming. When the sun came up and I was able to go see what was going on, I found the animals all safe and Daisy was not letting the rams out of their night enclosure. I’m assuming she had a run in with a coyote and the coyote lost.
Because we are still clearing land of blackberries for pasture, the coyote dens are being destroyed, which leaves the coyotes looking for new dens. Hopefully, they will decide the dogs are not worth the risk. There are many acres next to us loaded with wild rabbits. They will just have to talk to the coyotes who are in charge and see if they will share some of that land.
Chores are not exciting, but part of the day. After going to the gym this morning (I have to go or DH doesn’t go, and that is important for him), I went up and did the exciting chore of cleaning the messiest stall. If I clean it twice a week, it is not difficult. But if I leave it for a week or more, it gets too deep and then it is work.
These two babies thought I needed watching, or maybe they just know that after clean-up comes dinner. By the time I fixed meals, went to the gym, cleaned a stall, and watered the hoop house, I had used up my energy for the day, so I am spending the evening knitting. It may be another week before I get back to the sewing machine. I had wanted to finish a quilt this month, but ……so far it hasn’t happened and I’ll be out of town for the weekend.
With this lovely spring weather, I started the day weeding, then putting bulbs in this front area. After that and some hoop house planting, it was lunch and a few errands. And so goes the day so quicklySo tonight I was able to sit down with “impossible girl” socks. They are so very easy, it is the girl who is impossible, not the socks. I love how fast they are working up. The yarn was on one ball and when I rolled half of it off, one side is a bit redder and the other has more blue tones, but not terrible different – sister socks.
These tomato plants have been in for three weeks and are doing very good, so today I planted some tiny little sauce tomatoes that are barely up, but it’s now or it won’t happen. Tomorrow I will try to get some more peppers in. The peas, onion, garlic and cauliflower are doing good. The kale is ahead of me.
I took out most of the winter broccoli to make room for something new. I picked a large amount of kale. It is amazing – first you plant and water and fertilize, then you get to wash and process the food. This all seems to take so much time. Grocery store food is CHEAP. But what we grow is better.
When I got to the fairgrounds there were still many unsold fleeces to be picked up.
I was happy as half of mine sold. The fleece that went with this rosette was sold. Though I know this day had 24 hours, like every other day it seems it has been a long day.
Kirsten was the judge for the Shepherd’s extravaganza 2018 here in Washington. She judged more than 300 entries yesterday and today. We entered 14 fleeces. I was disqualified because of a break in the fiber we missed. The others all received blue ribbons. One of the Shetlands will receive a third place ribbon in the primitive breeds. We are delighted with the results.
These are two of the Cormo fleeces. I’ll be getting either the sales papers or the fleeces of any that did not sell on Sunday evening. It has been a long 2 days.
I have finally started a new pair of “impossible girl socks”. The designer, Madeline Gannon, says they remind her of the “Impossible girl” on Dr. Who in a BBC series. So the socks are not impossible, the girl is. I need to look for a label for the yarn as I can only tell you that it is wool with a bit of nylon.
I entered fleeces in the spring fair today. This is my first time to enter a fleece, so I will watch the judging over the next 2 days as she explains her judging of each fleece. I also signed up to take a class on the use of coats on the sheep. It will be an educational week.
Ava’s baby is the last of the Cormo babies this year. She was a hefty 11# 1 oz and had to be assisted into this world. Two of us really held onto those back legs and pulled. Wet lamb legs are very slippery.
Several of our Shetland’s don’t appear to have taken this year, so this is probably the end of the season which Is okay with us.
Miss Juliette wants to be a dog most of the time. She must think the dogs have it better and maybe they do.
She wants me to see that she can play bow, run and jump just like the dogs. She only wants to be a sheep when she has babies. So do we class Juliette as a dog or a sheep? Seems she is as confused as some people.
I went to the feed store for stall lime today. They said they didn’t have any unless it was in the garden section. They wanted to sell me zinc carbonate instead at 74.00/bag. I finally found the calcium carbonate – dolomite – lime at 9.00/bag. No wonder they don’t think they have any – that’s a big upsell. But I think the employees really don’t know there is a difference.
That being done, I went off to purchase seed potatoes and onion. Now I just need a week of sun to dry out the ground so I can put these in the ground. There is not enough room in the hoop house.
It was a simple day, which started with more spinning. After lunch, Mary came over and measured the wedding dress I will be wearing, so I won’t be the one sweeping the floor. It is now 4″ shorter. With that done, we enjoyed looking at many of the movies she has taken of her grandson. He was 2 in January and that is such a go-go age and so cute.
Chores, housekeeping and a simple taco supper completed our day.
It’s been another rainy week. Today, I had some time, but not enough time to really get into a project, so I sat spinning for a few minutes.
The lettuce in front is doing well, but the peas behind are overdue for stringing.
Half of the pepper starts are in and doing well.
The Swiss chard, walking onions and winter broccoli are all overwintering and doing very well.
Cabbage starts are in and happy.
Leaf lettuce and more peas that also need stringing
The lime tree that I was quite sure I killed last summer is making a come back.
Happy overwintered kale and new potatoes.
Tiny new beets transplanted today
Spinach overwintered and growing faster than we can keep up
Tomatoes well started.
Two groups of small tomatoes that have volunteered. There will probably be many more as it gets warmed. Last year, I promised myself to not let any of these live, but since I haven’t planted any of the cherry size, maybe I should keep 2-3 of these volunteers. They are ready to eat before the others.
In addition to these photos, is garlic and overwintering broccoli on the far side. The garden is doing very good so far. I still want to plant celery, cucumbers, cantaloupe, and sauce tomatoes inside. Outside, I’d like to get potatoes, green beans, corn and squashes going. I just need enough days without rain to start them.
This photo was taken while the cabinet was still on the store shelf. Apparently this years colors for bathroom cabinets are either dark walnut or white. For the new barn cabinet, I thought either of those colors would show every bit of dirt. After a bit of hunting I found this. It is a barn and doesn’t need anything more than functional, so will be just fine. The man told me the sink was part of it, so I brought it home and box clearly says “no sink”. So tomorrow I will try to buy that to complete this job.
Then there was this little item of business. How long can it take to hang up a coat instead of draping it on the chair at the back door. Apparently, it can take all winter. Today, I found a hook and a stud in the wall and the coat can now be hung between visits to the barn. Of course soon, it will hang there until next winter. Sometimes simple tasks take me longer than more difficult ones. Can you relate?