Thursday, January 28, 2010

Just having a ball

Sidney and Luna are snow birds. We knew Sidney was but it sure is great that Luna is also.

It's a must that all animals and people living on Long Ridge Farm love the snow!

We still have a lot of snow on south side of the saddle up here and today it looks like a lovely snow globe outside.

She eats, breathes and sleeps in it whenever she can.

Our lone hen, Bianca, comes in from the cold to visit from time to time. She is very polite (no messing!), she has some water and then rests in and around the kitchen. Then I pick her up and put her out to live the life of a not so spoiled hen. It's hard to have just one. We will be getting more chicks in May, enough of this!

Monday, January 25, 2010

January 25th

Did you know that January 25th is coined the "most depressing day of the year"? We are getting a massive rainstorm coupled with frozen ground so the water has no way to soak into the ground coupled with a snowmelt to beat the band. This is depressing!

Our cozy farmhouse is approaching flood stage!

Because we go through this every time we get a storm under these conditions, we knew this was coming and took precautions by setting up a brand new sump pump along with an older one. The new one is getting packed up in it's pretty box and shipped back to the store. It is USELESS! Betsy is enroute from her farm in Putney with another pump and we have Lyle on call with a gas-powered pump if this doesn't solve the problem.

The one thing that's for sure is we aren't alone today. This is the same storm that came from CA where it left such a wake of destruction and traveled all the way across the country in similar fashion. I am happy to report that the sheep are high, dry and comfy.
Betsy's here....time for a glass of wine!

Monday, January 18, 2010


This looks to be great...a friend sent me the YouTube connection for a new film, still in screenings...Sweetgrass.

The last ride of the American cowboy.

150 mile journey to summer pastures, up, over and through the mountains and back again.

Here is a film trailer for you to watch.
I see my Wetherby's face amongst the flock, sans the coat!

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Destash and donate

I continue to enjoy the Yarn Harolot's Never Not Knitting calendar with the latest page writing about "Stash Cull". She writes that stashes are living, growing things (ah, yah, your fiber stash!) and that yarn should be in your stash because it is beautiful, inspirational, or destined for a project. If it doesn't fit, cull the herd and pass it along.
I fall, as most fiber lovers, into the category of hoarding. Of course it will be a project. What if yarn ceases to be available?! There are a hundred reasons why we hate to destash even when we know it is a good plan on the face of it.

Other than unloading the stash on other friends with more fiber than they need do you know any organizations that would accept the destash to help someone less fortunate? What do you do when you destash? Um, do you destash?

Meanwhile Luna continues to bond with the looking out over the barn while I do the morning chores. She is all about being in charge!

and she and Bianca are best friends now.

Finally, I know we are all praying for Haiti and her people. If you want to help financially these sites DWB or the Red Cross or the Salvation Army are directly involved in the relief effort. It will be a very long, hard recovery and even the smallest donation will be appreciated.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Living wild

I am always in awe of life in the absolutely beautiful. Do click each photo to enlarge.

Have you ever felt like this?

Saturday, January 09, 2010

The Shawls of Unst, Scotland

I treated myself to the 2010 Page-a-Day Calendar "Never Not Knitting" from the Yarn Harlot and her post for Thursday was about the Unst shawls. She wrote that in the far north of the Shetland Isles of Scotland, on the tiny island of Unst, every so fine gossamer lace shawls are knit by the islanders. They are so fine that a six-foot shawl might contain a mile and a half of yarn and only weight 2.5 ounces! And the Wedding Shawls are so delicate and fine as to be able to slip through the knitter's wedding ring when finished.

Just imagine the knitting involved in one of these beautiful