Our sign in peace

Our sign in peace
Our sign in peace

Thursday, May 24, 2018

I see you!!!

Our baby Angora bunnies are now 2 weeks and as our Granddaughter Scarlett says, "I see you!" Their eyes are open and they are hopping about. They are some of the fattest babies I have ever seen, healthy and active.

Mama Peachy has started putting hay in her nesting box so the babies can begin to start nibbling on the hay. Under there you can see little hops and movement. So our babies are growing and we couldn't be happier!

Saturday, May 19, 2018

A Plethora of Eggs!

That's all I can say, we have a plethora of eggs!!! We have more eggs than we know what to do with! Right now we are offering 2 dozen for $5.00! Give us a call or stop by!!!

Thursday, May 17, 2018

...and this happened last week!

So this happened last week, Peachy gave birth to 5 beautiful healthy kits. It's finally showing signs of Spring on the farm!

At a day old they are healthy and their colorings are easier to see.

The next day, PJ went to a new home! My friend Theresa lost her precious Benjianna recently. She was so heartbroken that I could hardly bear seeing her so sad. I offered her PJ and she came to meet her and it was love!

Today I tried to check the babies but Peachy is one protective mom! It's not easy getting in there.

A week later, it is clear what colors we have here! 3 Chestnut Agoutis and 2 Fawn Torts! 

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

So this happened today...

The looks of suspicion, they know what's up! We never lock them down unless some thing is about to happen. Tim even got kicked just as he stood there because they know! 

Our shearers who we have used for many years, Jeremiah and Rick from Twist of Fate arrived on time like clock work and got right to work. Everyone was sheared, had their teeth and hooves clipped, and were wormed.

And of course the last one, our Awan was the screamer! Holding him by the ears actually calmed him down a bit. 

They finished quickly and then the fights ensued. They don't recognize each other after they are sheared. We had one heck of a storm here in Connecticut yesterday so everything was wet but this too shall pass as this happened today... 

Monday, May 7, 2018

Oh be still my heart, fleece!!!

While at the Connecticut Sheep and Wool Festival, as it began I quickly rushed over to the fleece sale. As I walked over this fleece drew me in like a pile of gold! OMG! Just look at the colors! I used every filter I could to get just the right colors but a camera cannot give this fleece justice in it's beauty! So many different colors in here from black, to silver and beautiful sun bleached tips of tans and browns! I can't wait to have some time to spin this beauty up. 

I also picked this fleece up, a gorgeous Gotland that is soft, just enough grease with amazing curls. As Spring cleaning and the countless chores needed to be done around here, I look forward to some time to get to Spinning my beautiful fleece purchases!

Saturday, May 5, 2018

The queens are all right!

What do you do when this queen of the hive breaks her zipper in her 10 year old bee suit? Why you have your husband pin and duct tape you in! Look how I even manage to pack all my hair in there! It was inspection day, even as I am feeling under the weather with my yearly Spring Upper Respiratory infection, it had to be done. Tim helped me the best that he could but I had to get in there!

All three hives were doing great! If you look really hard into each cell you will see little rice like things, those are eggs!!! Because the hives were started out with already drawn out comb, they are quickly moving ahead. I found many frames filled with eggs already.

All 3 queens in our newly hived packages are doing great. Hive 3 had not released their queen, instead they encased her cage with propolis. I will need to watch this one because the girls are not bright! Each queen was marked with white this year even though it should be yellow but I refuse to mark yellow this year, who can see it with all the pollen?!  All the queens are big and fat like this girl above. I am quite pleased as we move into the season. 

Sunday, April 29, 2018

A weekend of Fairs and Bees!

Our weekend at the Connecticut Sheep and Wool Festival was a successful one! The weather was amazing and the crowds were big! We had a very successful fair!

These were very popular and people bought a lot of kits! Guess what I will be making this summer?!

Our honeybees came in! We hived 3 packages this year. With our strong hive dying just a few weeks ago, we started all of them with drawn comb filled with honey.

That little tab lead to the queen. The can was sugar water that still had some food left.

Each queen cage was checked for the health of the queen. All were well and strong. The corked plug was removed to expose the sugar candy plug and they were inverted and startled over the frames so the bees could tend and feed her.

I did add the remainder of the sugar water can for them to finish.

When I hive, I add another body as not to crush the queen. Some think it is too much room. This has been my proven way to hive for a long time and it works for me. I will revisit them in a couple of days to check on the release of the queens. Fingers crossed for a great season!

Sunday, April 22, 2018

The Apiary gets a makeover!

It was long over due! The Apiary needed a makeover. I was looking at some last year pics of my bees and noticed bottom boards with mold and our hives just looking dingy. 

This year I will be switching over to Mediums as I get older and don't have the help. The hive bodies are just getting too heavy for me. I would love to have because Tim will not become a beekeeper! We painted each piece a different color so I can keep track of what is what!

We literally broke the whole Apiary down, painted, cleaned and sorted out old equipment. It was daunting but on this beautiful Sunday we got it done! 

And there it is! Our bees arrive this coming weekend and we are ready. I can't wait to see those wonderful creatures flying again! 

Saturday, April 21, 2018

A hard Spring takes it toll...

Sadly our only hive to make it through the winter was lost in March. March is the hardest month for a hive. The winter and spring here in Connecticut has been a very hard and cold one. They seem to have broken cluster and were in many small clusters throughout the hive. I found the queen by herself hanging from the top.

The hive was still loaded with frames of honey like this one. There was still candy on the candy board and pollen patties. It seems the cold must have snapped and they weren't prepared. We have new bees coming next week, but was looking forward to bringing this hive through. They were strong, mite counts were very low and they were nasty as get out! 

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

It's Kit Mania!

As we approach our first Festivals of the year, we reflected on request from last year and looked over notes we took. One of the most requested items was kits! I have worked on prototypes, instructions and supplies for each one. It then began a production line of kits. The winter in Connecticut has been a long and hard one with many snow days.

My Santa Star ornament is now available in a kit complete with everything you need!

Lambs in white or Grey with Lincoln locks included in the kits! They come with complete instructions and everything to make them, even the felting needles.
We are also working on other designs like this little pig with glass eyes. 

Saturday, April 7, 2018

Pardon my absence but...

So pardon my absence, we've been a bit busy around here! While having one of the roughest winters in Connecticut that just won't quit, Tim had a hip replacement sending us behind on farm chores for sure! I did my best and with the help of our son, I stayed on top of as much as I could. Tim's on the mend, back to work and we are catching up slowly and preparing for Spring.

On March 29 we said goodbye to our beloved Zoe who was 15. Taking care of her towards the end was hard and took a lot of time. We will miss that precious face as well as her "princess" personality. It's just not the same around here without her.

However, with all the snow days, time taken off to take care of everyone, I was able to produce some new products that we will have at some upcoming shows! At my last show, kits were the most requested thing! We will have a number of new products to choose from at our booth. Look on the side bar for our upcoming events. I feel like I am back in the saddle and ready to go!

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

What a day for the bees! In February?

Today we had record breaking temperatures in Connecticut! The temps got well in to the 70's and the bees were out and about.

I even spotted some bringing in pollen, in February?!!!!!

As the girl to the right is doing some house keeping, the girl on the left is telling the tale in the form of a waggle dance, showing her excitement of her find. 

                                                Another one with pollen!
Before closing them up, I offered some more fondant which they were readily munching on as well as a good sized pollen patty. Hang in there girls, it's a trick! We still have a month until Spring!

Sunday, February 18, 2018

The egg dry spell is over!

Finally, our dry spell has ended with the chickens finally laying these two eggs! They stopped laying mid December and havent laid anything since. We lost a few of our older girls this winter. We will be adding some new girls this Spring. So happy to be back to fresh eggs and not those nasty store bought ones.

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Making Bath Bombs

Have you ever gone into a shop and seen the Bath Bombs but the cost was so high you thought again. I wanted to explore how to make these so I set out to learn. Now I see why they cost so much, they are labor intensive but they are also fun to make. There are various recipes on such sites as Pinterest, etc. You will need your various ingredients. Some supplies and more than anything, bath bomb molds!

With a good wisk blend all you ingredients together. This takes some time but you can do it while watching tv or something.

In this batch I wanted whole lavender on each end of the bath bomb so I put just a pinch in each mold.

Pack them as tight as you can and then bring the molds together, push as hard as you can to get a good pack...

Take them right out of the mold and there you are, instant bath fizzy bombs for your tub! Your skin will drink in the ingredients and will be amazingly soft too!

This batch I experimented with rose pedals I ground down, I used a gentle red dye to give it a rose color. So there you go, easy peasy! We will have these in our new gift corner that we will have at upcoming shows but for now, you can find me in the bath!!! 

Sunday, January 21, 2018

Bees on a Winter Day

We have good and bad news to report from the bee yard. The good news is our hive we've dubbed the "mean girls" are alive and well, as well as mean as ever! This hive is strong and thriving.

I added some more pollen patties and vondant left over. 

Sadly the other hive did not do so well. I found bees throughout the hive in clusters that appear to have starved to death. This cluster was interesting as it had the queen and some workers in the center but tons of food on this frame and throughout the whole hive.

Here is a closer view...

And even a closer one here. She still has her dot on her back. So very sad...