Hello from Maybelle Farm. Yesterday afternoon the UPS truck pulled into the yard at the farmhouse, and there it was, a great BIG box! I knew it was the socks I had been waiting for. Last Friday Zeilingers Wool Company in Michigan called to tell me that my socks were ready to be shipped! YIPPEE!!! Now they are and I had to dance around the yard because I was so excited. We opened the box and "OH MY GOODNESS" just look at these socks! The temperature is in the high 80's but who cares......the socks have arrived. Olivia and I made labels last Saturday and we are ready to sell these socks. We have size 9-11 or 10-13 and they are crew socks.
The Fiber Camp is really going great this year and the two classes are making an amazing wool mural. It will be finished by the August group of students at the second Fiber Camp. I have 300 bales of hay in the barn, the sheep are all doing O.K. and I'm going to Gardner, MA. on Saturday to pick up my little Catherine and bring her to her summer home on Toby Hill. I will be working many hours and having so much fun. Raspberries, blueberries,etc.. are all ripe now so its jam/jelly time. I have ripe tomatoes in my garden along with cucumbers, lettuce, summer squash, zucchini and life is good.
Goodnight from Maybelle MaMa
Hello from Maybelle Farm on Thursday July 5th. We had a float in the Wardsboro 4th of July Parade and won Third Place! We put the float together, some on Tuesday night and the rest early Wednesday morning before the parade. The weather was pretty questionable so we didn't know if we would bother with the float. The rain came through in the middle of the night so we all hopped on David's trailer and went through the parade.
I had my critters, yarn, roving etc. on display at a table in the Wardsboro Library's Red Barn and did very well yesterday. We had farm visitors in the afternoon from Canada and today I had a Beginner Needlefelting class. I'm attaching pictures of the class today. We all made bears and they came out so well. It's a very busy time here at the farm with trying to move portable fencing, move sheep and get hay for the winter. There is too much to do, not enough time and I certainly don't have enough energy! This morning I got a call from my nephew Shawn's daughter Summer who is 15. She is going to come help me at the farm. I am so excited to have farm help! I just can't keep up and I really will enjoy getting to spend time with Summer. Well life is good at Maybelle Farm. So-long from Maybelle MaMa.
Hello from Maybelle Farm. Its Sunday July 1 and another beautiful sunny, hot day here at the farm. There is a very brisk wind and Alison Schantz is teaching a Beginner Spinning class on the farmhouse front porch. What a wonderful setting to learn to spin. Well, lets see... It has been a very busy week at the farm with lots of help from Agathe, Olivia and Emma Hoos. Also my grandson Austin has been my right hand-man, helping move portable fencing, weed-wacking, mowing, filling water buckets and tubs,etc... A lot has been done!
Thursday evening I went to do chores to find Chloe my beautiful Shetland/Coopworth cross moorit ewe, sick!!!!!! She didn't come to the barn with the rest of the ewes and when she finally came in, she was staggering, shaking and couldn't eat. Her pupils were very dilated so I ran to the house and called the Vet. I'm sure Stephen thought he was talking to Donald Duck.....I was frantic!! He said to give her 5 c.c. of Dexamethazone, 3 c.c. of Thiamine and in two hours give her another 2 c.c. of Thiamine. He said to also worm her so I used Safeguard paste. I also gave her pepto-bismol and some rumen yeast powder in water. I SO did not want to go back to the barn at 10:30 p.m. but I had to give her the shot of Thiamine. When I went out at 10:30 p.m. she was carefully eating some hay. Agathe came Friday morning to help me give her another 2 .c.c of Thiamine and she did seem better. I let her out in the small pasture last night with her mother Juliette and Dulcie. Today I have kept them in just to watch her but she seems O.K.
Friday Agathe, Olivia and Emma Hoos went with me, taking our white van and two dog crates to Wallingford ,VT. First we went to Stonesthrow Farm to see Kat Smith and loaded (Wiggly) now named Opal into one crate. She is a Bluefaced Border-Liecster/Cross 3 month old ewe lamb and is white! Kat gave her a shot of B complex and wormed her with Safeguard. Next we went to Otterknoll Farm to see Chris Davenport and loaded in a little Tunis cross ewe lamb named Omega. She is a very sweet little ewe with such a little pathetic bleat. Opal is very, VERY loud! Oh yes, we had lunch in Manchester at Zoe's Deli, and McDonald's for Olivia!
Yesterday Austin helped me move portable fencing for the Moms and lambs so they have some good eating. Today things seem to be O.K. for the moment. Jonathan is taking me to Tractor Supply and out to lunch. Darcy,Todd, Declan and Rowan are on their way to Todd's mother's in New York. I'm sure Kara, their dog, will be thrilled to see them. They will be back at the farm tomorrow and I will be soooooooooo glad to not have to handle everything by myself. So-long from Maybelle MaMa