Tuesday, April 29, 2008
Below is the Long Ridge Farm booth which I did manage to catch as well as Golding Precision Fiber Tools, adjacent to me, while we were setting up Friday. Diane Golding and I are a few of the vendors who set up the night before, take in a meal together and relax a bit, refreshed for the next day. I understand the parking lot was once again full by 11. It was a bit chilly on Saturday but that always makes wool sound more inviting! Many thanks to all who visited our booth!
Thursday, April 24, 2008
Tuesday, April 22, 2008
Sunday, April 20, 2008
Monday, April 14, 2008
Sunday, April 13, 2008
Here are the fleeces ready to go on Friday night...
Here they are tonight...I am gaining. It takes about 45-60 minutes per fleece to skirt and prepare each fleece for sale. It is time-consuming but there is also a lot of analysing that goes on during the process. If I take my time and enjoy the process, it really is relaxing.
Tuesday, April 08, 2008
This is a picture showing Crystal's raw fleece after shearing, a bit yellow (heavy grease, which is expected with the CVM/Romeldale) and above after I used Power Scour. WHITE! And the gray sample is Tybee's raw fleece (bottom) and then the same after Power Scour. Grease is gone! And what is so cool is you need only warm water and a very limited amount of time in the water. I let this fleece set for 3 minutes and it was this clean. I would do one more wash if I was going to use the fiber to spin.
This is a really great product which I am delighted to show excellent visable results and with very little effort.
Sunday, April 06, 2008
Here's the shearer, David Hinman, getting set up, for the first time. Yes, the first time. You see, it was like this. David brought out the first ewe to shear and we were all set, everyone in their places. We had Steve, our farm helper, ready to put coats on after shearing. Jack was sweeper(cleaning the floor between each shear) and to help Steve. I was taking the shorn fleeces away, labeling and putting them in a safe area during the process. And our friend Sandy was there to watch and enjoy. And then the lights started flickering. David was shearing away and said "what's up with your lights?" and I said "Oh s***". We lose power in Westmoreland on the average of once a week. But the lights kept flickering only, dim, bright, dim, bright. My toes were crossed. No please dear Lord, not now, NOT TODAY! And then, dead. No lights, no power, no shearing. The first ewe was half sheared and here we were at 10:15AM!
So David packed up his equipment and said he'd go shear another flock and come back in the afternoon. He had no sooner driven out of the yard and the power came back on...10:45AM. well, I have never been too good at the "oh well, whatever, that's cool." I was fit to be tied. I was ready to drive to the Public Utilities Commission office in NH but of course it was Saturday. Nothing to do but wait out the hours. We figured David would be back by 2ish. So we let the sheep have a bit more leg room in the same barn, gave them water and waited. And so did they. Sheep are good at just waiting. They didn't like it, but they were fine. And sure enough David rolled back in at 2:30 and we commenced the process. Here is Ashley, our 13 year old ewe, being sheared. She has the most incredible fleece I have ever had the privilege of handling. And each year, the past few, I keep it for my stash...sorry! (<: This is Daisy. It is so neat to see the fleece come off their body in one beautiful piece. When I gather it up after it is shorn the fleece is still warm.
We finished up at 5PM, got the flock back to their regular barn where they had fresh hay and fresh bedding in the barns to bed down in for the night. They know the route from one barn to the other, it's down the lane about 50 feet. we opened the gate and before Jack could lead them to the barn they took the lead and were in the barn single file and eating away,. That was a first. Who ever said sheep are dumb is all wrong. Spoiled they are but what they give back is worth all the effort! What's most amazing is how small they are now without the fleece. Twice as many can fit along this one wall of feeders.
Tuesday, April 01, 2008
And here she is today at two. Happy birthday Charlotte!