Friday, October 24, 2014

Don't Get Your Feelings Hurt

A few weeks ago some folks came all the way from Missouri to meet Maisie.  They wanted to get her hoof-ograph.

Um, okay.  How do I say this...

That's really not an off base idea...except it's Maisie.  Everyone I told about this had the exact same reaction.  "HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!! Can we come watch???"


"Maisie?  Some nice folks are coming a long way to see you."

"Umbfwchrgh"

"Could you be polite and go over and let them take your picture?"


"Yeah.  I guess.  Munchmunchmunch."

And they'd like to get a hoofprint, too."



Maisie, Maisie, Maisie...

She's actually a very sweet girl.  That time she bit Saint Tim when we were trying to catch her to trim her feet was just a fluke.  Mostly ;-).  She's had that sassy attitude her whole life.  And that's probably why she's had a life.  Still, if you come out tomorrow hoping to hug Maisie, just be prepared.  she might give you the tail!

So don't get your feelings hurt ;-).



Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Hugable Mugs

I was only planning to do mug shots for potential hugging candidates for the Open Farm Day this Saturday (details below), but I got carried away.  Besides, even if Jester and Elizabeth are really. quite. sure. they do not want to come out for hugs, they said they'd love some cookies back at the retirement home. 

I think the mug shots are hysterical.  Between the first batch with baby Maisie, Keebs, B. Willard, Petunia and Henri and the second group with Graham, Hershey, Ewen and Baaxter and now this big bunch, I'm getting close to having one for almost everybody.  

Why I felt "mug shots" were the best way to present our flock, I just don't know ;-).  In no particular order...





















Who would you most like to hug?


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Hug A Sheep Day Party at Equinox Farm October 25th!  

Come out this Saturday between 1:00 and 4:00 and hug your favorite sheep.  We'll once again have a small pen set up in front of the barn (since the weather looks great!) and we'll probably rotate a couple different groups of sheep in and out so no one goes into a diabetic coma from too many cookies.  

Vanilla wafers and graham crackers are their favorites, but saltines and other crackers go over well too and aren't quite as sugary.  Seriously, the sheep have no self control, so let's all work together to make sure no one over indulges.  A stash of leftovers is a treat that keeps on treating ;-) 

If you have any questions or need directions, drop me an email.  If your directions last year had you coming out Hwy 32, you need better different directions.  Coming the longer way is actually almost shorter and definitely less "interesting", which would be a good thing ;-).

Bring your wheel, spindle, knitting, crocheting...  There will be plenty of seats on the porch and around the barn and we'd love to see what you're working on.  Show and tell of finished items is always especially exciting! 

Have a question about something you are working on or maybe you'd like to learn how to spin, knit...? There will be plenty of uber knowledgeable fiber artists here who'd be happy to get you started down the path ;-). Come find me and I'll pair you up with someone.

Have questions about sheep - breeds, care, wool, wool processing, guardian dogs, foot warming dogs, useless cats...we'd be happy to share what we've learned.  We'll even have some beekeepers on hand :-).

Hope to see you Saturday!  

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

It's That Time Of The Year

The 2015 calendars are ready!


A good mix of our favorite cast of characters.


Renny


Queen Elizabeth


Comby's sleeping again.  It's become our little joke (since he's the only hard working cat on the farm ;-).


We can't fit everyone on a month, but there are lots of little pictures.  Don't worry, Hank got his own month.  He's also in the small pictures to keep an eye on Miss Maisie though ;-).


Plenty of Maisie.  Maybe a little too much of Miss Maisie (look at that tummy!).


Of course, 20.


Iris hated having her picture taken, but sometimes she'd grin and bear it.  Sort of like having to babysit silly lambs or sleep on a sisal mat rather then her own comfy bed (Baaxter!).    


The horses, Betsy, Emily and Casper Belly, baby birds, Spud, Hank, Blossom and Miss Tilly.


The Lamb Camp calendars are a different shape this year.  The pictures are approximately 6" x 9". I'm not sure why I do these smaller, but I kind of like that they'll fit almost anywhere.  Please let me know what you think.


Again, lots of favorites :-).


Lots of snorgling :-).


Lots of good naps :-).


And a bit of (temporarily) controlled naughtiness.


If this isn't a kissable face...


Getting kissed...


Napping AND kissable combined!  Excuse the glare on this picture of the picture :-/.

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Let's do this like we did last year.  Equinox Farm calendars are $12.50 each and the Lamb Camp calendars are $10.00. Shipping (to the US) should range from $4.00 to $6.10 and the padded Priority Flat Rate envelopes will hold at least three farm calendars for that price.

Shipping overseas last year was not as expensive as I feared (except one country, maybe Australia?). I'm happy to get a quote for you.  Likewise for Canada.  

If you'd like to order one (or more), just send me an email with what you'd like and your shipping address. I'll send them out with an invoice and a return envelope and you can drop a check in the mail upon receipt.  

There are also Lamb Camp note cards, Christmas cards, drop spindle kits...in the farm shop if you are interested.

One other (and more fun :-) option - for the local (and maybe not so local) folks - everything will be available for pick up at the Open Farm Day celebrating National Hug A Sheep Day this Saturday!


Sunday, October 19, 2014

Sunday Stills - I'm Going With Green

Ed posted a picture of a Green Bay Packers hat and said we had to guess what the challenge was for this week. Hmmm, could be the color green, could be football, could be the Packers (but seems unlikely ;-)... Since the last time I posted about the Packers they stunk, I'm going with the color green!


Stella and I were just talking yesterday about how green it is for this time of year.  The lighter green inside the fence is where everyone over grazes the hillside instead of utilizing the taller grass out and about.  The grass next to the driveway is only grazed when I leave the gate open ;-).


Hank and his shadow, Spud.


I couldn't figure out what he was looking at until I cropped this in.  Gentle Hank :-).


For more guesses about this week's Sunday Stills challenge...


Friday, October 17, 2014

Around Here

Tis the season for mail order catalogs and I browsed through a couple while I ate lunch yesterday thinking I was really on top of my game by already thinking about the holidays.  Look what I found in Plow and Hearth!  


"There was a time when only the landed gentry had sheep grazing on their grass, and the sight of a ewe and lamb meant wealth and affluence."

Um, around here that means I left a gate open!  

And I promptly bought myself a Christmas gift ;-).


Thursday, October 16, 2014

Rain Respite

I know cloudy, dreary days drag most people down, but I don't mind them one bit. I also love when the sun peeks out for a few minutes too, though ;-).  


A rainbow cloud for Linda :-).


The purple butterfly bush in the background deserves a big round of applause.  That poor thing barely made it through last winter only to have Baaxter try to gobble up every tiny shoot as it tried to recover in the spring.  It now has a protective fence around it and is blooming big :-).


Not many spiders left, but this one sure picked a pretty location.  There are still two spiders left on the garage and lots and lots of egg sacks for next year :-).


A few blooms down, but plenty still to come.  I love that the bricks look like they've been there forever.


Ewen, McTeagle - a giant among Jacobs :-).


Heading back in.  Love the placement of the sun spot and freshly washed look of the barn lot.


And a slight turn to the right out of the direct sun.  That is actually Renny standing next to Hank. The Spud pictures came a few minutes later.


Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Hug (Or Kiss) A Sheep Day

Yikes. I've got more to do than I've got time to do, so the behinder I get...and this post just gets more random the longer I work on it.  I thought coffee might help, but it didn't.  Buckle up!

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Hug A Sheep Day is (once again) rapidly approaching.  Please help spread the news.  It's not too late to plan something fun whether you are a sheep farm, yarn shop or even just yourself!  We will be hosting an Open Farm Day here :-).  Follow the Hug a Sheep Day label on the right side of the blog for pictures from previous years.

While everyday is a good day to hug a sheep, this year's special day is Saturday, October 25th.  This is the fifth year!  I can't believe it.  The official website is www.nationalhugasheepday.com. There is also now a Hug a Sheep Facebook page, but who knows if I'm going to be smart enough to utilize that correctly.

If you'd like to "sign up", leave a comment either here or on the main site or the FB page and I'll add you to the list.  Feel free to include a link to your website, blog...especially if you would like to share some pictures later.  If your event (large or small) is open to the public, note that as well.

Speaking of pictures, I snapped these sweet shots on the fly yesterday (when I should have been working, but a couple minutes of sun is a couple minutes of sun, right? ;-).  They aren't in perfect focus or framed very well, especially with that distracting background, but I'm so glad I caught them. They reminded me of a beautiful video a friend sent me the other day.





This is Spud, but who does he remind you of?



Guess who's Hershey's younger brother?  Yep, Spud.  In fact, Hank had just gotten done "yelling" at him a couple minutes before I took these.  Spud didn't care.  While not quite a "center of the universe" sort of sheep, he's definitely laid back and loves Hank...and is another close talker ;-).

Okay, to recap:
  • Spread the word about Hug a Sheep Day (please :-).
  • Open Farm Day here October 25th
  • Watch the video - it's wonderful!
  • Spud's growing up to be just like his brother (which is sweet...until he pushes it too far, right Hank? ;-)
  • If you don't have a sheep to hug today (because, repeat after me, every day is a good day to hug a sheep ;-), hug your good dog.  Where would we be without them!




Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Fall Flowers

I mostly took a bunch of fairly uninspiring pictures of the very inspiring flowers around the Wool House yesterday.  I've had an outstanding flower year and feel like it's rapidly coming to a close. Love the flowers, but love the cool to cold weather as well.  It's a complicated relationship ;-).

We are getting a bunch of rain and storms today, so I wanted some pictures just in case all my blooms hit the ground.  Hopefully they won't and I'll get a chance for a do-over.


Weaslie's my little shadow now.  She used to follow Iris and still looks for her every time we head for the barn.  I'm probably a poor substitute since I can't run as fast as Iris did.  That was the big game.



This variety of lavender is called Jean Davis.  It blooms a very pale pink that look more like white to me.  Note to future self, plant more flowers down the back fence of the lavender garden.  And a second planting too!


I need to get started preparing my lavender for winter.  I'm afraid we're going to have another tough one and I sure don't want a repeat of the losses from last year.  Aside from the sheep barn, this is my favorite place on the farm.


As I was picking out pictures this morning I kept smelling lavender.  Talk about a picture painting a thousand words!  And then I remembered I had a bag of lavender soap from my favorite soap maker sitting next to my desk ;-).


Note to future self (as in next spring and early summer!), plant even more marigolds and put them all over the yard.  These hard working flowers, along with my zinnias, have really made my summer!  

Are there any other flowers like these that I should know about and plan for next year?


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