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!

Another year

Yes, I’ve reached my 33rd year of life this week, though I won’t be celebrating it until The NH sheep and wool festival, once again all I asked for was raw fiber and sheep snuggles….and secretly I am far fetching wishing for sheep of my own and a guardian livestock dog to keep the critters safe.

Last weekend we were able to get some planting done


First potatoes


Followed by some of the strawberry plants, more to be planted after the seven days of rain end.


And the indoor veggies made it out into the greenhouse.

While nothing more than planting has been going on this week, I wanted to share a few pictures I was able to capture this week.


We are expecting more babies next week, of course I will be sure to post pictures.

Have a great weekend everyone! 

Harvest

My sweet little baby girl started first grade today, I’ll admit it….I didn’t cry when she went off to school, not for lack of emotions, but we’re pros by now. She has a thirst for knowledge and a yearning to be around other kids, so when she was two we started looking at preschools, when we did a tour of the preschool she ended up going to, the director took pity on the 8 month pregnant woman with the energetic little girl and let her start school a few months early.

So today was our 5th first day of school, and it was more of a “see ya later alligator” thing (I kid, though she tried to get my husband to drive her to school an hour before it opened).

She enjoyed her first full day of school, loved eating in the cafeteria (even if she didn’t care much for her homemade lunch…I gave her left over chicken parmesan, I was hoping for mom points but instead was given an eye roll), oh well, can’t win ’em all.

We harvested part of our potato crops today (can it truly be called a crop, if it were only two plants?!)

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It was a hard task, a few pumpkins were harmed in the process

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Sadly, we didn’t end up with very many russets, it was our first year with them. Last year we planted six purple viking seed potatoes and ended up with 144, this year we planted 15 and will see what we end up with when they are ready for picking.

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We also harvested more green tomatoes to make relish, and of course cucumbers…these are being brought in to my husbands work, as I am sick of canning pickles (40+ jars this year).

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During a break from the storms we have had for the last 4 days, we discovered that we have wild grapes growing in the front yard, we knew we had some in the backyard, yet had never looked in the front yard.

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I picked them until it got too dark to see

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There are plenty more to pick.

On the fiber front:
I’m starting to run out of the purple yarn that is the contrast color on my bartók tunik, when I was up north I happened to have the chance to stop at the alteration shop where I had picked it up before, sadly they are no longer carrying that yarn, however, I did end up picking up 410 yards of this beautiful yarn

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It reminds me of the sand and sea, I need to get back to working on my shawl, and I think this will be the perfect inspiration.

Have a nice night folks