Tuesday, November 10, 2020

The 2021 Calendars

Equinox Farm Calendar

From the back cover...

"As most of you know, I really struggled with creating the farm calendar this year.  2020 was a year of incredible loss on and off the farm and I've heard so many folks talking about how much they are looking forward to welcoming the new year and putting the old year behind them. I can't help but agree...and yet, in having to look back through all the photos I took throughout this strange, sad year, I actually found so very much to be grateful for. I hope I’m not alone in that.

So, once again, Miss Tilly is still keeping our feet warm, but now Kate is mostly just trying to keep herself in line.  Salt has taken on as many of Hank's duties as she can and hearing her deep ba-roo makes me smile.  Betsy is still on house arrest for not only the menacing of birds, but now also sweet little Possum out in the barn. Every so often I catch a glimpse of orange out of the corner of my eye and can't help but hope that Comby is napping in the sun somewhere nearby. 

As always, a very special thanks to Saint Tim for doing all the hard work and heavy lifting and a grateful thank you to all of you who have become such an important part of our farm family.  You were spot on in voting to give everyone a Victory Lap.  I hope you enjoy welcoming the new year with this calendar."

The Victory Lap was hard...but it was the right thing to do...if for no other reason than to force me to go back and look at pictures from when the year was new and some of my oldest and dearest friends were still pretty young at heart.

I like the new format.  The calendar is a bit larger, but not outrageously so.  It was a bit more expensive to print, but luckily I "know a guy" ;-).  The shipping will be a bit more too, but hopefully not outrageously so.  

The big pictures are a little bigger...but so are the little pictures and I like that.

There are more columns (7 days) than rows (weeks) which left a gap at the bottom, so I filled that in with a little something, sometimes a story, sometimes just some thoughts.  I like that, too.  The calendar feels maybe a bit too personal at times, but as the only place it will be for sale is here with us, not at a random crowd festival, I think that's okay.

Of course there's Hank...

...and Early and his adopted moms and dads.

...and Comby with some of his oldest and dearest friends.

Lamb Camp

The Lamb Camp calendars are comfortingly the same.  Lots of cute lambs and good mommas...

...and Early doing what I hope we all remember most about him.

The Lamb Camp calendars are still $10.00.  The Equinox Farm calendars are $16.50.  The shipping, which has become the bane of my existence these last few days, is where it gets a bit messy.  

For the past couple of years I was able to use the USPS flat rate envelopes no matter where in the country I was shipping. The new calendar doesn't fit in those envelopes.  This could be good news if you are close by because it may actually be cheaper shipping to you now.   If you live in California, the shipping could cost around $15.00...if I'm understanding everything correctly.

To make this even more exciting, I'm going to try to do all the shipping from home this year rather than stand in line at the crowded post office every day.  Also, I realize that UPS or FedEx might possibly be cheaper...but I don't have those options in my small town.  Thank goodness for the USPS.

While especially in this year of no fiber festivals, these calendar sales are going to be an important fund raiser for the farm, I also know that the farm calendar is important to many people who look forward to turning the page on each month, each year.  

2020 was hard on everyone.  I'm sorry the costs have gone up.  If you are not in a position to pay for a more expensive calendar this year, send what you can.  It will all work out somehow and 2021 will be better if we have Hank, Salt, Tilly, Kate, Comby and Possum at our back.  Maybe not Betsy so much ;-).

As always, if you are interested in buying a calendar or anything else from the farm shop (except for the felted pumpkins that I just can't seem to get made this year :-o) just drop me an email and tell me what you would like to order.  Don't forget to include your address.  I'll send everything out from my "on farm postal desk" (:-o) and include an invoice and return envelope and you can drop a check back in the mail.

As always, always...thank you for everything.


Far Side of Fifty said...

Sent in my order! Nice to have a bit of your farm at my house! :)

Michelle said...

It's been a hard year for so many, but keeping up a tradition like your calendars is so important!

Michelle said...

Struggling somewhat successfully to keep myself from blubbering, thinking of this year, your losses, my losses, loss in general, and going on because how can we not have animals in our lives especially now when so many people are showing their worst selves? Hugs and love, Sara; hugs and love.

Goatldi said...

The calendars are wonderful Sara
as are your comments. Life is a journey through many seasons . I do believe that those of us who accept the stewardship of the land and it’s creatures tend to have more losses as we have more in number . We also invest more of ourselves in each creature in our care. That is why it’s always very hard for me to understand why some folks feel that life stuck people are hard hearted and uncaring and disrespectful what they have.

Your life has been richly blessed with many small souls and large ones to walk through it. And because of that you have enriched others you may never know there’s a way of life other than to read about it but you’ve given them that gift don’t stop now. Looking forward to ordering my calendars and some goodies for the farm. Have a wonderful day. Oh OK

Goatldi said...

Oops that should’ve been live stock not life stuck I have a big orange cat sitting on my lap and I think that’s when he bumped my hand and I didn’t see the typo I apologiz

Terry and Linda said...

Every so often I catch a glimpse of orange out of the corner of my eye and can't help but hope that Comby is napping in the sun somewhere nearby. ----I hope so too. I loved that cat!

tpals said...

The calendars look incredible. If I had any income at all they would be high on my list to buy. Thank you for showing the photos.

Sheepmom said...

Your calendars are the best. Every pictures makes me think "Awww" or "Ohhh" or brings a big smile. The memories are so important - that's how we keep those we love with us. I'm sure the new format will be great!


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