Sheep and Gardens

Don’t get too excited, it isn’t what you think. Believe me when I say, that I want this title to be about my very own sheep. Alas, the sheep in which my title refers is to all the beautiful sheep that I saw Mother’s Day weekend at the NH Sheep and Wool festival.

I had my mind made up before I left the house, I had a list & knew what I wanted.

And I will tell you friends, that Alpaca was definitely not on my list

But I bought a pound.

Goat was also not on my list…yep, I bought an entire angora goat fleece.

I had considered buying merino again, from a new vendor this time. Alas I found none. Instead I went to the judging barn and fell in love with a beautiful Corriedale fiber. The only thing I got this was actually on my list was Navajo Churro, I am interested to see how that spins up.

Not everything thing has been washed, but I finally got the chance to washed the beautiful Shetland wool that I was gifted last fall. I’ve been using my new combs and combing up a storm at our booth at the farmers market.

I also has some of Noël’s fiber to spin up. She has fought me for so long about getting sheared, last week we had a hot day of 85 and she just sat on my lap with no fuss and allowed me to cut away. She looks like a whole new rabbit!

As much as I love snow, I am glad the heat is here. We have been busy transplanting veggies out into the garden beds. Last week we had the help of my nephew who was up from Georgia!

He helped with the beds and helped us fence off two acres of woods for the pigs

The potatoes are getting bigger every day, we planted thirty pounds this year!

Set up a drip irrigation line in the greenhouse

And finally put the babies out with the big girls.

I have two (yes that’s right) projects finished

This beautiful lap blanket that I had been making for my grandmother, I gave it two her two days before she passed.

The second is the mandala waistcoat I had been working on for my cousins wife. This was a challenging project, but I enjoyed making it.

As we are on our first of many days of rain and it is dreary outside, I will end this with a bit of color. I’ve had a request at the farmers market for colorful wool for felting.

And I delivered!

Have a great week folks!!

Warm

The temperature is slowly warming up and everyone is making their way outside.

Though they are now back in the chicken wagon, we fenced off the back end of the greenhouse and let the girls out to stretch and scratch and enjoy the sunshine.

The ducks give us our daily egg hunt, start laying in the duck wagon ladies!

We got five little piggies a week ago, their mom lives at Story land in the summer months, if you see her tell her that her piglets are being spoiled.

We made a four hour round trip to Clinton Maine on Friday, we picked up our order of fruit trees, bought seed potatoes, clover, & trays.

I didn’t want to leave

We had to stop a few adjust the trees (70 mph on a highway for over 100 miles 😳)

We made it home safe and sound, trees unharmed.

Have a great day folks!

Short and sweet

I'm quiet I know, in the summer the farm is my full time job. I have little time to do anything crafty and as I have previously mentioned, any crafting I have done cannot be showed until after my best friends bachelorette party. With the exception of this hat I made last week

I can show you farming pictures however.

The turkeys are finally outside full time and I'm not sure who is more excited about it. The turkeys or myself as I now have my breezeway back!
Introducing Bacon seed, Blueberry, Bonny, and Bucket head. Delightful names I know lol.
Our newest babies, recently hatched right here on the farm on Tuesday morning. Beauty is one of three hens who have gone broody and the only one to actually hatch out eggs which I got from a friend over in Maine. The other two are out of luck however, I don't have the time to run all over for fertile eggs.

Short I know, but I wanted to check in! I am here, all is well, aside from the exhaustion of 5 am – 10 pm days. Crossing my fingers for some cooler days ahead of us.

Have a great day folks!

Canning, canning, and more canning

We have an abundance of tomatoes, beans & cucumbers on the farm right now


I spend most days parked in front of the stove, canning up a storm 

Lots of pickles (over 45 jars) bread & butter and Dill

Indian pepper relishLots of diced tomatoes

And we have been shelling beans


Don’t ask me what time, because at this moment I don’t remember


I’m really excited that fall is here, it’s my favorite time of the year and the corn stalks, pumpkins, and sunflowers make it feel even more like fall.


What also makes it feel like fall is our three pigs have headed off to the butchers (I apologize to any vegetarian or vegan readers I offend, my husband eats mostly vegan believe it or not)

I have a new project starting always with the projects, I’ve actually been doing very well finish things lately thank you very much. This new project is more of a clean up and restore


This was my late grandmothers & her mother before her, now that I own a forever home, it has come to me. Where my current sewing machine is useless and I am borrowing an older machine from a friend, I am anxious to get this one cleaned up and in working condition.

Now, here are a few of my current works either completed or in progress of being finished Another cat hat, this one for my daughter. I have enough yarn for four or five more, two of which have been spoken for and the others will make it’s way to Etsy. If you live near me and head over to the village store you will find three there, alone with apple hats, crown hats, and crowns

Here is a toddler hat that needs to have the ends weave in that will soon make its way to Etsy as well. 

Today though, I am trying to find different recipes (preferably low sugar/ sugar free) for the 40lbs of apples we picked over the weekend.
Have a great day folks!
Also remember local folks, both ducks & chickens are laying. Come on by! 

Chirp chirp chirp

The days have been sunny and warm (95 😳) these last few days (normal temps for New Hampshire in May are in the high 60’s), we have been soaking up the sun, playing with birds, & getting our hands dirty. We had half an acre rototilled for our garden, we need to add some organic compost or manure before continuing on but the items in our green house are ready to be outside



The birds have been making more sounds and proving to me that they don’t care about fencing 



It seems like the days go by so fast, even though I’m up by five & taking care of critters, I feel like I blink and then it’s time to start dinner.

Usually we start our mornings off in the clouds (yes clouds, not fog, we are way up high). We move & feed the birds in the chicken tractors, take care of the pigs which will have their pen moved soon.

Take down the fencing for the backyard flockI let Toph take care of picking the fencing up, he is particular
Then we move the coop and set it all up again. Today they are over by Carrick, at first he was all “look what I can do”, hopping around and racing back & forth, an hour ago he was in the fartherest corner away from the birds for some peace.

This week I haven’t worked on much thanks to sinusitis (it’s not as fun as it is to pronounce)  so anyway, when I’m not holding a hot water bottle up to the side of my face, I am managing to get a few small things done.

I’m currently working on a strip quilt, I’m not a fan of how the colors played out, it makes me anxious and I’m not sure I want to do it again


I made a granny square docking station from loosely followed directions I found over at repeat crafter me, loosely followed meaning, I stuck squares on, stretched them out, and stuck in this sticks.


Today I am carding and washing merino. Only a pound at a time but I am doing Castile soap instead of dawn, with some vinegar, and I didn’t want to heat up water on my stove so, the wool is sitting in a tub with water as hot as the sink could get and it is getting super clean.


This was after two minutes my friends, TWO MINUTES!!! Look at how white that got. 

That’s all I have for you today folks, I wish I could freeze time everyday to take a seat & write a post, I don’t know how anyone has the time but I’m glad I found time today!

Have a great day folks!! Happy June!

Anniversary #3 *edit*

Apparently I missed it, but according to WordPress

So let’s have a quick year in review

* This time last year I was home schooling

* We were renting a house on the New Hampshire/Vermont boarder, just two hours south of Canada

* We were just starting our house hunting search, hoping for at least 50 acres

* We had a dog, cat, and rabbit

In that time we have: 

* Stopped Homeschooling 

* Bought a 95 acre farm a little over two hours away from where we had been living

* I started quilting

* I joined a knitting group

* We now have deep breath: a dog, cat, rabbit, three pigs, four turkeys, ten ducks, 66 laying birds, and 100 meat birds….I feel like we have more chickens than that…but I am not going to go count. 

I am now also 32, & according to my lovely nine year old, if you think I look younger, you need your eyes checked. Nice, isn’t she?!

So, to add to the last post, yes we FINALLY got couches


Which would almost make my house look “adult”, if it weren’t for my fireplace

We built a coop for our backyard flock last week


And then went & picked up:

(Back to front): Splatoon, Petunia, & Toffee (who is anything but sweet I case you were wondering).

Saturday we attended the New Hampshire Sheep and Wool festival! It was so much fun!!

I was lucky enough to run into two of my old guild members from the RI Spinning Guild, Dave & his daughter Katie!! I was hoping to see Iris and a few others as well,  though I heard they were going to be there the next day, sorry to have missed everyone.
We had a busy afternoon, we watched the herding dog demo


Toph got to help shear an alpaca


They don’t just sit there all docile like every single sheep I’ve ever watched get shorn, but he seemed way happier without all that heavy. 


I bought 6lbs and 3oz of yummy wool!! Ohhhh baby! The two largest bags are each 2lbs of  my all time favorite, beautiful, silky (after its washed) Merino. The bag in front is 1lb of beautiful luscious Romney, behind that is 3oz Corriedale all ready to be spun up, and then finally a lb of coopworth. I cannot wait to start processing this wool!! 


There were so many large bags of wool, I couldn’t believe it, and the prices were fantastic!! 


Lorelai enjoyed watching the horses, while we waited for Toph to finish watching the lecture about coyotes.


I finally figured out the Bavarian stitch blanket on the way home.

I’m currently recovering from the head cold I picked up after you know…building a coop in the rain on Friday, & processing chickens (not mine) in the cold and rain on Sunday. Monday I slept all day long under three heavy blankets.

Tuesday and Wednesday I made a rather large amount of progress on my sweater

Not the best picture, but it was a last minute picture. I am just starting the lovely semi-lacy design part….glad to be doing something other than the stockinette stitch.

I’m off to soak up the sunshine (I hope, we’ve had hail twice this week).

Have a great day folks!

Also, thank you to everyone who has read my blog along the way, read it once, read it & liked what they have read, read it & rolled their eyes, those who keep coming back, those who are new, those who stumbled on my blog by mistake (oh yes, I’ve read the search terms and also wondered how you ended up here).

Thank you all for sticking with me!! You are all awesome!!
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Oh hey look!! 200 posts!