It's Wed. Oct. 6th and I have just come back from the barn where I've been visiting with all my sheep. Its raining really hard so everyone is in the barn. They stand in the door looking at each other like "You go out there, I'm not going to.....Oh no, I'm staying in here where the nice dry hay is and watch the rain fall"!
My two sweet little ewe lambs, Lyra and Star, just follow me around the barn while I do chores like two little puppies. They listen for me to open the door upstairs in the barn and begin to talk to me as soon as they hear the door start to open. "Baa,baa,baa,baa" and I can tell which cry is Lyra from Star. They have very different little voices. On the way home from NH with them, Lyra cried until her voice had a definite Lauren BaaCall sound! Star was Ethel Merman right from the first blat in Jonathan's ear. He practically drove off the road with that first blast and we finally stopped and put an old army blanket on the side of the crate facing us to muffle her racket! She settled right down for the rest of the ride. I still cannot get over how calm and sweet these two little girls are. They follow me into the grain room and watch as I fill up their water bucket. Follow me back to their stall, then around the barn as I do chores. When I put them out in a pasture, they still just follow me around until I leave. They graze and check out the other sheep but mostly keep their eye on my house to see if I'm coming out and they start talking to me!
I finally feel rested from the crazy weekend. Last Saturday Oct. 2nd I took care of my grandaughter Ella until 4:30 p.m. then raced up to do chores and get ready to go play to a square dance in Dover,VT. My brother Alan picked me up at my house and we went to get Jim Knapp, our guitar player and off to the town hall. We played from 7-11 p.m. When I got home I just couldn't sleep and finally fell asleep at 1 a.m.
My alarm went off at 5:30 a.m. and up to do chores, walk my dog Lettie and get ready to go to the Vermont Sheep & Wool Festival in Tunbridge,VT. I drove Cheryl, Alison and myself and WOW what a day. (Read my Blog from Monday for more details.) We got home about 8 p.m. and I have been exhausted ever since. Today I can say I finally feel up to par.
Cheryl was back at the farm Monday night for a fiber class. The two girls taking the class have learned to spin and they are naturals at it. They were at the fiber camp and just love all the fiber classes. They even entered some of their projects at the Vermont Sheep & Wool Festival.
I'm working frantically on needle felting projects, dyeing wool, knitting, etc... for the November Northeast Hand Spinners Gathering at Mt. Snow. I am very excited to be a vendor there but its also a lot of stress because I've never attended one of their events and don't know what to expect. The Friday,Saturday and Sunday so I hope I have enough products to sell and I also hope to take one or two classes if possible. My little Catherine is arriving this afternoon until Oct. 15th up at Toby Hill. I'm so excited to see her tomorrow and spend more time with her. I will be working at the Tasha Tudor Museum on Friday afternoon and then at the Tasha Tudor booth at the Newfane Heritage Festival on Saturday Oct. 9th from 10-5 p.m. I just love getting to spend time with Natalie and chatting with all the people at the festival.
Well, I have rambled on long enough this morning and need to go do things like laundry, cleaning and all that bothersome stuff when I'd rather be working and playing with fiber!!!!! I am going to pick up my grandchildren Rowan and Declan after school today and bring them home. I'm hoping it lets up raining and we will stop for a little treat "Ice cream cones"!!!!!!!!
Have a nice day from everyone at Maybelle Farm.