Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Spring For Sure

The wild plums are thick with blossoms this year.  Their scent is heavenly!  Our weather has been fairly warm and dry so we will hopefully get a plum crop again this summer.  Love plum jam!  

We had the sheep sheared later than usual this year, on April 22.  In the absence of lambing, there was no real hurry to clean the girls up so I could view their pregnancies.  Fleeces came off much better than last year - yay! - and a wonderful group of people came out to the farm that day to be a part of the event.  I couldn't have asked for a more fun and helpful bunch of folks.  A huge thank you to Mary, Kristen, Susan & Dennis, and Kayla for EVERYTHING.  And of course I wish to thank Byron Johnson, who does such an excellent job of shearing.  And I have special gratitude for my husband, Clancy, who keeps me sane and does all the hardest prep-work and hoof trimming.

Luckily for the ewes, we have had beautiful weather since shearing.  I haven't feared for them being cold even once.  They have also been solely on enclosed grass for about a week now.  I still have to move the electro-net every day because the grass isn't growing super-fast yet...but it is getting there.  In fact, the season seems about a month ahead of schedule.

Those that follow Boston Lake Farm on Facebook have seen this picture before...of the spindles I am making out of wooden toy wheels and dowels.  The idea is simple: stick the dowel through the wheel and ta-Da.  But it actually takes me a little while to shape the dowel ends to be soft and round and to sand down the end that is put through the wheel.  The dowel is just a little too big, which ensures a tight fit.  I've been enjoying using these supported spindles a lot.  They spin 'forever' and are perfect for the finer yarns I like to spin.  Plus I just have fun working with the wood.  These spindles are fairly small (1.75-2" whorls)  But I have a short attention span so they are perfect for me.

Happy May Day!

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