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.
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.
This “Stack and Flip” flimsy from Missouri Quilts was fast and easy to do, using a jelly roll. It’s also bright and fun. I used 33 of the strips and will use the others for binding. The instructions are on their site. For the sashing I used Kona Snow.
Some just want to be sure they are at the table in time to get the choicest morsels. And the easiest way to make sure is to lie on the table.
My neighbor came over today and we spent a good amount of time skirting fleeces for the show in 2 weeks. We first put them on this table which is made from spaced PVC tubes. Then we take off all the bad parts around the edges, neck, rear, all around. We checked to make sure there were no breaks in the fleece and removed as much of the hay, weeds, whatever they embedded in their fleeces as we could. We then rolled them up with the cut side up, and slipped them in plastic bags, ready for the judge to look at as well as the buyer.
We have many more fleeces to go through, clean and advertise.
I did get some more tomatoes started today. I’m hoping for a long summer so they will get ripe.
Road work has been the “item” the last two days, the men have been working on this road which has been a big mud problem. It is 300 plus feet long and in the wet winter can try to eat a vehicle. Midweek they will be laying the gravel. (and I’m betting we will be on a starvation diet after this expense). But what a treat it will be to walk up to the barn from the house (you see the garage in the distance) on dry ground.
Yesterday after sweeping, mopping and other household chores we spent considerable time
tagging the babies that are big enough – actually we were a bit late in tagging and had to watch to see which lambs claimed the rights to which mother. Rams are tagged in the right ear, ewes in the left. This is Kaarstan, a keeper. She is gorgeous and will be shown this fall. She was born February 13, so is about a month and half. They grow so fast.
Dinnertime is crowd time.
We pray each of you has a wonderful Passover, Easter, or maybe just a wonderful Sunday tomorrow.
We found last night when changing for bed that the areas from where the fat was removed was very bruised. So we slept carefully. But that was the extent of it. A small price for the benefits we should receive.
Today I am headed to the other side of the country for a “Celebration of life” for my sister-in-law. I’ll be back on Sunday. But I don’t want you to miss the lambs so here’s a cute face and another photo of how mothers hold the little ones.