Monday, December 31, 2012
I hope you all have a Happy new year
Wednesday, November 21, 2012
It was a very foggy morning and it was 10.30 before the sun started breaking through.
But here at last the world is bright with color cooling pots of color on the deck.
I hope you all have a Happy Thanksgiving and enjoy Black Friday shopping and don't forget to come and see us on Small Business Saturday.
Tuesday, October 30, 2012
The most resent things that have happened is the arrival of our 40 day old chick, I got a phone call at 6:10 am we got a call from the local post office sorting office that our chicks had arrived and needed collecting. We had been emailed from the hatchery the day before to say that our chicks where on their way so we had put our heat lamps on, so that the had a warm home when they arrived.
Sorry the pic is a little distorted by the red heat lamps, they are all doing well and we have 3 extra, one I think is a red star the other two are a free gift from the hatchery , they are rate Extic chicks. We got two last year and seagull and road runner have made us smile through out the year, seagull has given me small white egg that I have made our own as all the rest of the hens lay brown, she is now in full molt and very happy as she is quite a good looking girl. Road runner I am not sure how many she layed, I would get a smallish brown egg now and again, she seems happy but neither are very friendly and flee when you we get close.
The big girls (sheep) are all well, we have got through the drought and all have them have been in their breeding groups so fingers crossed they are all pregnant, I took a couple of photos and the 29th as it was the first time that all the females have been together since the the spring, The ewe lambs where split off for weening and then they where split into breeding groups.
I will tell you about other things we have been doing in the come weeks and getting more pic's
Monday, July 23, 2012
He is the smallest of the triplets at 54lbs.
Part of the field looks like this, which is not good but it is still hanging in and with a bit more rain it my produce some hay and or grazing.
We put them in early Sunday morning so they would be use to the run before night time, at 8pm we went to catch them and fasten them in the chicken house for the night and we found our old cockerel with a very bloody face.
We think he has been defending his girls and babies, part of his comb on his head is missing and his eye is partly closed. We gave him a close inspection and while he looks quite battered all of his injuries look to be superficial and best of all know one else was hurt so he did a good job. Dave is now patroling the chicken run at dusk and dawn to see if he can find the critter that is harming our chucks.
Thursday, July 5, 2012
Our fencing is under way this is a picture of the north west corner we have nearly all the wooden fence posts in and all the green T posts are in on the east and north side. We are now ready to put on the wire on the North side.
Wednesday, June 27, 2012
Sorry its been so long, I need to get in to the habit of blogging and with all that is going on here on the farm at the moment it is very hard, there is always another job waiting to be done.
We sheared the sheep in early May so it has been a round of endless shirting(cleaning) the fleeces and then washing and I am still washing and will be washing till the fall I expect, as I hand wash every fleece. This practice may have to stop as it is time consuming and it is not good for my hands been in water for so long.
The 18 acre field that we seeded grass this spring is growing, but very slowly as we are suffering from a lack of rain, we where hoping to get a hay cutting off it and then graze part of it but at the moment the only animals on grass are our weaned lambs. All the ewes are on hay and are sheltering from the heat in the tree line, which is good as they are keeping all the weeds down in the trees.
Finally today I would like to tell you about the wonderful day we had last Sunday 24th June, at the Schultz's farm we were asked if we would attend their farm day that they put on for the international student services They asked us to bring our stall that we set up at the farmers market and some of our sheep, so we took Lambie our Tunis ewe and her two lambs and two weaned Romney Lambs. We had a great time talking to the students and professors from other countries and seeing other displays and and talks that they put on from a bee farmer to a cheese making demonstration, quilting displays and lessons to spinning and fiber prep and finally square dancing. The students had a good time and so did we even our sheep looked like they enjoyed the attention most of the time.
Tuesday, May 1, 2012
We now have the hens in the field with their mobile hen house, they have settled down to the new location and get on with the sheep well, the first couple of night when we went to check on everyone we found some of the hens had roosted on the backs of some of the sheep. The sheep didn't look bothered by it and the hens would be nice and warm, unfortunately neither of us had our phones with us so we didn't get any pics, we scooped them up and put them back in their hen houses and now they all find there way back at night.
My last pic is of may SAD Sam , yesterday was annual injection day at the vets and Sam had a wart on his leg and he kept chewing it so I asked the vet to take a look and he sad he could take it of with a local injection so Sam has no wart but stitches and he is not going to chew them.
Wednesday, April 4, 2012
On the nice afternoons I let the ewes out onto some pasture and it is great to see the lambs running and playing. We have about 10 more left to lamb, they are mostly last years ewe lambs so a have to watch them closely as they are unsure of what is happening to them, so cope really well and other need a little coxing to let there lamb nurse.
We have had a local farmer come and work on the 18 acre field, he has got it ready for sewing the grass seed, but we have had some rain and it is too wet for David to seed it. We have managed to re seed the top pasture and we can see the seeds starting to grow.
We are looking forward to seeing a green field.
Saturday, March 10, 2012
This is one of last years ewe lambs and she decided to come and play in the water will I filled their water trough, she nearly got all of her head wet by putting it under the stream of water and it was a cold frosty morning.
Little lamb playing on mums back
This is Teddy and she had twins on the 5th of March, as you can see her little girl is full of mischief, her baby brother is not very well, he was the weaker of the two twins and mums milk did not flow very well at the beginning so the little guy has had a rocky start but is getting stronger by the day.
Wednesday, February 22, 2012
Our first lamb of 2012, she is a little Tunis ewe lamb and we have called her pancake as in England yesterday was Shrove Tuesday, better known as pancake day. They are not like the American pancakes they are crepes. Rust (mum) had to have a helping hand,but mother and baby are both doing well.
Wednesday, February 15, 2012
David our neighbor from across the road had come to tell us that we had sheep out on the road, I shouted at Dave and thanked our neighbor and we both scrabbled into our clothes. Dave shot down to the barn for a bucket of food (bribery works very well on our sheep) I shot off down our drive, as I neared the end I heard a vehicle coming up the hill and I waved my hands franticly still not know exactly where and how many sheep where out. He came to a slow halt and as I ran to his window he looked at me and said " got critters out" yes I replied and ran off as I spotted a movement further down the road next to our fence in the beam of his lights.
It was the Rams that had got out and I started calling Silver as I knew he would come to his name, they where a little scared and confused but started to slowly come to me, Then Dave arrived with the bucket and they turn and started moving away, scared by his movement. Slowly I said to Dave they are confused and scared. He then climbed over our fence so he could get round them while I shouted and rattled the bucket of corn, they started towards me and we headed back to the paddock, waving my thanks to the driver of the vehicle as we came near. Then made our way down the drive getting the escapes back to where they belong shutting the gate firmly behind them.
They obviously had liked there trip out as later in the morning the dogs started barking and I looked out to see 5 of them sniffing round the front of the house, What, How did they get out again! I grabbed my coat, boots and an empty bucket that I use for gardening and shot out, they trotted up to see what I had for them in the bucket and we walked back to the paddock, where we found little Ben bleating his head of as he had been left behind and sheep don't like being on there own. Once again back in the paddock I checked the gate lock, but found it secure when closed, I went and got some bail twine and fastened the gate. then went back to the house to get a padlock (get out now).
Dave was skeining up some yarn last night and he had a little helper.
Tuesday, January 31, 2012
The first thing is to wash the skeins, as they have the milling oils on them and the dye will not be successful if the oil is left in.
With the weight of the skeins recorded in my dying diary, I decided to use the full amount of dye and on this batch of blue I got my calculations a little wrong and put extra dye in.
It is not the look I wanted, but I love the color and I don't think it would have come out as nice on pure white wool.
Now I realize what I have been doing and drop the amount of dye to the right amount for the weight of wool the Rose color has come out very well and it is showing some of the heather color I want to see, but it still isn't quite what I was looking for.
I can see that I have a little more experimenting to do but I think I am nearly there.
I now hope everyone will like it, these first skiens will be going up on the website soon.
Thursday, January 12, 2012
Keep you posted as I do the dying and knitting and when it will be available on the website.
Monday, January 9, 2012
Friday, January 6, 2012
WINDOW OF OPPORTUNITY
Today with the nice weather in Wisconsin (NO SNOW) Dave took the day of work so we could do some work on our 18 acre field, we need to clean out our fence lines so we can put in new fencing for the sheep. We don't want to take away all the tree's etc as this will take away the shade the ewes need in the summer but we do have to make a path through for the fence and take away any unwanted under growth like briers and low limbs on trees.