This is now all set up to quilt. It is not started because I was blessed with a young woman who is interested in apprenticing with animal care and yard work. We spent quite awhile together looking around at what we do here etc. It is pure pleasure to find someone else who enjoys and wants to learn about the things that you are interested in. I may just adopt her (lol)
And though I cannot show you the photos as they aren’t copy and paste, some of you may really enjoy these sites about Izzy MEIMassb. She is a fantastic designer and teacher. She goes into such detail that you can make the same beautiful items she shows. I absolutely must make the bag soon.
With such stunning weather and knowing there is work to be done for months without end., of course the most important thing was to finish this dish cloth. (It is called Ostrich Plume by Edith Taylor and I used Peaches and Cream)
Now, since I was sitting outside, who should show up for a good brushing but Beau. Look at that smile!. He is absolutely thrilled to get the attention. Currently, he’s shedding a lot of fur to be spun. I think he was releasing more fur as I brushed just to keep me working on him longer.
The alpacas have been moved to another pasture to give the pasture they were in a chance to grow back. Rotating pastures can be challenging, but does give the animals more food to eat. And somehow, I managed to keep busy without doing too much gardening. That will change tomorrow as I have a lot of seedlings to move into 2″ pots.
After church today, we had a small picnic and a long walk through the UW arboretum in Seattle that is just beginning to bloom.
It was a fast lunch of potato salad, hummus, crackers, and nibbles of celery, carrots, and cauliflower. Then off to walking. Probably the best is to just put the photos up and let you enjoy the walk with us.
Continuing from yesterday: the fertilizer was raked in, then watered and a double row of potatoes was planted on each side of the path. That is a total of 40 feet with double rows.. The garlic was planted to the back. I have more potatoes and garlic to plant but will have to weed the next level below to have room. That will give me something to do next week. I think I’ll rake the hay out of the aisle and just burn those weeds when I burn the ones on the big slopes between the boxes. There are still beets, cukes, corn and other items going out here plus what is going into the hoop house late.
Ava is so smart. There are two feed pans in the sheep enclosure. She watches me and when I put some in one pan, she runs to the other so she is there to get it first. The others come over when the first pan is empty.
There have been several car trips this week, but not a lot of knitting. Today, we picked up the rototiller from its annual maintenance. So I have knit this far on another dish cloth. The name of the pattern is Ostrich Plume dish cloth, It is a 4 row sequence with only row 3 really creating the pattern. I’m using a Peaches and Crème yarn.
The brown dirt has been weeded and is now ready for the fertilizer application, then the water and THEN the potatoes and garlic. Or so goes tomorrow’s plan. At this point there are no other appointments.
These starts didn’t get finished today. As you can see, only the cucumbers have been planted into 2″ pots. The others should get transplanted before noon. Though somehow, my plans often get rearranged.
Update: Ava is getting along famously with all the other sheep and dogs. It’s going as smoothly as if she has always been here.
Ava came to us this morning from a Cormo breeder across the mountains. Isn’t she beautiful? She was a bottle baby and hasn’t had time to get all muddy yet. Here she is penned where the sheep can get acquainted. Her bottle mama has just driven off and she’s a bit uncertain what has happened.
It didn’t take her long to fit right in.
It was a beautiful day and so fun to watch the sheep enjoy the grasses. So today I spent much of the day being a proper shepherdess.
Later in the day, I did have to get serious about plants. These 343 2″ pots are set up and watered
so we can put these started seedlings in them tomorrow. We have beets, Cabbage, endive, cukes, broccoli, and bok choy, started. As soon as they are strong enough, they will then go into the garden. We have peppers and tomatoes going in the hoop house with more we want to plant. Oh, and I found the elephant garlic that didn’t get planted. I will get it in the ground tomorrow. The weather forecast is 7 days of sun.
This feels so good to have finished two quilts this week. This quilt is 42 x 49″
However, look at the mess. Does your cutting table look like this at times? It will take a good day to decide what to do with all this mess. It all belongs in scrap quilts, but that won’t happen right away, so I need to decide how to store them until they end up in a quilt.
We seem to live an interesting life here on this little farm. Today, it was the gate that wouldn’t work electronically. We called the repairman who promptly came out (prompt means the day you call). A little slug had managed to get up into the box and electrocute himself as well as knock out the power. And when the repairman called in to order a new mechanism, they said he was the third call today. Must be slug season, though with the chickens and ducks, we haven’t noticed them like we normally do. Friday, we will have a working gate again and this time the tiny hole will be sealed.
I took the morning off and spun hair from these Pyrenees. It is so relaxing and right now he is producing a good quantity.
This afternoon I did finish this lap quilt. It is 41″ square, and made from scraps, except the back and binding. It felt so good to actually finish something!
Have you ever wondered how long it can take a computer programmer to decide where the line for the garden box should be? Measure twice, cut once, isn’t enough. To make things more difficult, the fellow that put in the T posts for us, can’t measure accurately. So it was a fun day of discussion. However, it has been decided and maybe tomorrow, after a trip to the store for some 1 x 8″ boards, we may get it done.
This afternoon, I did get some quilting done. Tomorrow, I will take it off the machine and hopefully get the binding on it.