The sheep were sheared on Friday. They are now SMALL. Before Friday afternoon, when they were in the barn, there seemed to be no room to move around. Here are my poor, cold sheep:

Dolce, Portia, and Esme

Portia, Ruby, McLean and Skye

Naturally, at picture time, Lucy was being a bit silly and didn't get in the pictures. Today I will starting working with the fleeces. Brent built me a rack for skirting and drying (after washing) the fleeces. Skirting is when you remove bits that aren’t good. Hay, poo, felted bits, short bits that you couldn’t spin.

AND we are waiting for the lambs to arrive! Expect some lamby cuteness around here fairly soon. Dolce and Portia are the only ones bred this year, so my lambing will be short. I am anxious to see how many they will have and what color they will be. Of course, their color can change, too. Lucy went from being an adorable little black and gray sheep to being my adorable gray sheep. She is darker than the others. I will be interested to see what color it is as it grows out. This time of year is also the only time you can see all of Skye’s spots.

I haven’t been knitting much lately. Too many other things going on. My brand new banjo should be here on Wednesday. Jenna over at Cold Antler Farm is giving banjo lessons on her blog, so I decided to learn along. Best of all, Knitter #2 and I will be able to play together! I am not sure if I’ve mentioned here that she is learning to play the fiddle. We are both going to be learning by ear as soon as the banjo gets here. And I have finally broken down and am getting a new camera. I’ve wanted a dslr type camera for a long time. I always talked myself out of one because they are so expensive. Then a few weeks ago, I watched one of the girls running with a kite. All I could think was that I wished I had one of those cameras so I could have a whole series of photos of her running with that kite.

This is how my garden is coming along:

Mostly too cold and wet to get much done outside, but this is our start for the gardening year.


Unknown said…
Ohhhh....jealous! Sheep, garden, spinning, and banjo - it will be my life one day! :D

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