Our sign in peace

Our sign in peace
Our sign in peace

Friday, February 28, 2014

Our first lamb of 2014!

Well here he is! Our first lamb of the year, and of course a black ram! He arrived just before 9:00 p.m. I usually go down around 10:00 p.m. but wanted to get to bed early so went down a bit earlier, good thing! This was one of the coldest nights of the year and when I found him he was almost frozen! The tip of his tail had ice on it! We quickly rushed him to the house and got him warm! In the picture you can see the steam coming off of his head! He was dried, warmed and returned to his very anxious mother, Ophelia to bond with. He is under a heat lamp and we are watching the lamb cam to make sure the bonding goes well.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

The waiting game...

 This past weekend we cleaned out the birthing stall and prepared it for the lambs that are on there way at any time now!
 The camera is in place to watch their every move...
and the monitor aka the "Lamb Cam" is in place so we can watch and hear what is going on down there. The waiting game begins now!

Friday, February 21, 2014

What is this you ask???

What is this you ask? What is that in the snow? Only the most wonderful thing to a beekeeper, bee poop!!! We are having some warmer temps here in Connecticut. The bees were all out yesterday with a great need to have "cleansing flights". it has been a very cold and snowy winter here. I have been most worried about my bees. Yesterday, I came home from work, stepped out onto the deck with the dogs and then saw the most amazing thing, the bees flying about, the snow speckled with "bee poop" everywhere. With a month until the first day of Spring, I am encouraged that they will be okay. It has taken me 5 years to trouble shoot and figure out what is best for the bees. Hang on "girls", Spring is almost here!

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Snow Days Yarns!!!

 While some complain about the snow, I look forward to using the time to spin yarns. If you got snow, then make yarns! I had a lot of batts so I dove in and made some lovely yarns!
 The batt above made this yarn. I am calling it "Red, Green and Blue"...
 This yarn is called "Dawn", it reminds me of the morning sky...
 This yarn is "Earth Day". The colors of water and earth!
 ...and this yarn is "The forest in early snow". The greens in this yarn are so pretty speckled with white flecks.
 This one is "Sherbert"! Reminds me of all the colors of sherbert ice cream!
 This yarn is "The Gray". It is made with black faced scottish sheep wool and an alpaca over lay.
 This one is "Northern Lights". Sadly the camera doesn't do it justice. Lots of dark blues and glitz flecks too!
and finally I have no name for this one but just love the pastel colors. Reminds me of the coming Spring where I will become busy and not have the time I have had this winter to devote to some much needed spinning, crafting, cleaning and destashing unneeded things. I am such a fan of Snow Days!!!

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

February's Farm Friend of the Month!

I have been wanting to do this at the urging of a few of my friends, the Farm Friend of the Month! Each month we will introduce a new one.
This is "Belle"! She started it all on the farm. I was gifted her and 3 other sheep some years back and she is the matriarch of my "Babydoll" line. She is an Olde English "Babydoll" Southdown sheep. I currently have 4 generations, with hopefully the 5th generation arriving next month.
She is a bit of a stinker though. She has taught all the others to begin hollering for their morning rations at 5:30 a.m. each day. Old Belle is going to be 12 this year and we hope she will slow down that nonsense but it seems she has taught the others to do the same! Always kind to the others and will often take on baby sitting the new lambs. Belle is retired from breeding and is enjoying just laying back except when it comes to breakfast!

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Lock Spinning and enjoying a Snow Day!!!

 For the most part people hate Winter, but for me I find a lot of down time in it. It's a time for me to "get things done"!  I have been spending a lot of time with my spinning wheels which makes me happy! My wool room is filled with fibers to be spun. I came across this huge bag of fall colored locks!
 I proceeded to "fluff" up the locks, pulling them apart and apart and apart...
 ...and then I began to spin. When I spin locks, the last two fingers in my left hand pull the fiber back creating a lead line. My right hand holds the locks at about 90 degrees wrapping it and allowing the spinning wheel to take it, wrapping it and laying it into a beautiful yarn!
 Here you can see a part I missed. Such an easy fix! Pull some of the yarn out, take a lock and wrap it around.
...and her it is up close!  The colors remind me of fall, my favorite time of year! 
Here is the finished product still on the jumbo spool, all 70 yards of it! This is why I truly love snow days!!!

Friday, February 7, 2014

Good new from the hives!

Good news from the hives but not for this little girl! I saw her in the snow, down the hill from the hives, looks like she didn't quite get back home. Last week when we had warm weather all 3 hives were out for "cleansing flights" aka taking care of business! Yes even bees have to "go" and they will hold it for quite a long time until the weather is warm enough to leave the hive. So for now, knock on wood, the hives are holding strong through the winter so far, but we are not out of winter yet!

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Core Spun in Raspberry shades...

 This marvelous batt of Romney, Wensleydale and Mohair was a delight to spin. I was eyeing it the other day and thought how much it reminded me of red and black raspberry...
... so I grabbed this spool of thick strong cotton cord to use as a core for my yarn.
 I spun, bringing in the fiber at a 90 degree angle wrapping it around the cotton core, the whole time thinking how much it reminded me of raspberries growing in the summertime.
and the final up close product! Over 80 yards of thick and thin core spun delight!

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Godspeed Old Mo...

This morning we lost old "Mo" our sweet, loving and heart of gold ram. I had never met a ram that would actually cuddle with you, hug you and treat you like your presence was a treat to him. He romanced the ladies and was just kind to everyone in the barnyard. We took "Mo" in a few years ago and he was already over 10 years old then. He had gotten frail and weak over the past few days. I bedded him down last night in a fresh layer of straw and kissed him almost knowing that he would not be with us in the morning. I am so blessed to have had this boy on our farm. His offspring posses the same kindness that he had. Rest on my sweet boy...

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

The chickens know...

Don't those chickens just know?! We may be in the dead of winter, with snow storm after snow storm, but the girls know that the days are getting longer. They have been laying like mad! Here is two dozen eggs in two days! You go girls!!!

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Guess what time it it? GUESS WHAT TIME IT IS????

 IT"S MAPLE SYRUP TIME!!! Today the equipment was taken out, cleaned, the electric drills were charged...
 ...the collecting buckets were also pulled out and cleaned!
 The evaporator and storage tanks were uncovered...

 The holes were drilled...
...the taps were placed and they started flowing!!!
The tops were placed which helps to keep debris and rain out of the sap, and away we goooooooo! It's Maple Syruping time!!!