Lovin' time at Coon Hollow Farm

Lovin' time at Coon Hollow Farm
Our Olde English "Babydoll" Sheep and their lambs

Monday, December 29, 2014

Some "bunny" got a new doo

Sweet boy "Fluffer" gave me all the signs the other day that he needed a haircut!

So he got one! Trimmed down to almost nothing, netting over 4 ounces of wool too! He's a good boy until you get to the belly so Tim held him on his back and we got through it just fine. With a mans sleeve cut to a perfect coat he will stay warm for now!

Friday, December 26, 2014

Bee Candy for everyone!

Making candy boards for the bees today started with boiling water...

and some sugar. To make each candy board you need 16 ounces of water and 5 lbs of sugar.

Once the water came to a boil it was time to pour the sugar in.

and then stir until dissolved, then bring the temp up to 242 degrees. Once it gets there, turn off the heat and let it lower to 180 degrees. Whip it with a mixer and then pour into...

the Candy Boards that Tim made a few years ago. The Candy is poured into these boards and some pollen patties are added in to a well as spearmint and lemon grass oils.

They are inverted onto the top of the hives to provide extra food when their honey reserves run out.

The second hive I opened had even more healthy looking girls with lots of honey reserves.

Rest easy my girls. Around February when we get a nice day, we'll recheck them and hope they do well. Fingers crossed!

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Wishing you all "Hoppy" Holidays from all of us at Coon Hollow Farm! "Fluffer" and "Tawny" made this years insert that our son Timmy made for us! This was one of most successful years here on the farm! We thank you all for your support!

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Filthy fleeces!

At a recent fiber festival I picked up two Mohair fleeces. I was not exactly sure what color they were. I have never seen fleeces so dirty but under the dirt I could feel the softness so I went for it and bought them.

I rinsed them in the sink and used Unicorn Scrub...

Some Unicorn Wash...

Emptied the sink and rinsed them again...

Rinsed again and again...until...

I had the most beautiful colored Angora Mohair fleece with gorgeous copper tips! I can't wait to over dye some of it and make some amazing yarns from it!