Rowan (my granddaughter) had a sleepover here at Yaya's house last night. She got breakfast in bed and can stay in her pajamas all day if she wants too! I had to get dressed and wallow through snow up to my knees. By the time I had climbed over the snowbank and rolled over the other side like a fat old Polar Bear, I was out of breath! I had to wallow out to the barn and was puffin like an old steam engine by the time I got there! The sheep are not going out of the barn! When we get this much snow, it starts to slide of the metal roof and it really spooks the sheep, so the just peek out the doorway. The three boys (Custer, Chet and Cecil) are in their little manger, happy as three little peas in a pod.
It's been so long since we've actually had lots of snow that you forget that it's still winter. Darcy is going to put on a couple of pictures up at the farmhouse. My nephews Norman and Tim are sugaring this year using my Dad's old sugar house. Its so nice to think that it's being used and the smell of maple syrup is nice too! When Darcy and David (my children) were little, my Dad would pack the snow down outside the sugar house, he would whittle wooden forks for them. Then we would have homemade donuts that my mother made, sour pickles and sugar on snow! I can taste it right now just thinking about it. Last year David, Austin, Ella, Darcy, Rowan,and Declan took me to Jacksonville to the Maple Sugar breakfast and then we went to two different sugar houses and then to Whitingham school for a craft fair. I hope we can do that again this year.
Well, we are trying to get a date set for shearing in April. The Vet will come give shots to the three ewes that I hope are going to lamb early May. I could do the shots but I like the Vet to just check the girls, as it makes me feel better. There is nothing so cute or more fun to watch than tiny little lambs, "boinging" around the pasture. My old Tally will be 15 yrs. old if she can make it to April, but she is looking and acting very old and tired.
The fiber classes that I'm teaching in Townshend with my friend Jenna are going so well and the students are very excited to learn about raising sheep and working with fiber. I think this will help increase enrollment in our summer fiber camps. I've started working with some of my fiber friends to set up classes for spring/summer/fall at the farm. Please check out our website to learn about more classes that will be happening. We will keep adding classes as instructors sign up.
Time to go get busy for the day. I had to sit down and write this blog to rest up from my trek out to the barn. Too old and too fat for this much snow! :-) So-long from Maybelle MaMa.