Hello everyone, its Sunday June 27th and I'm going to take a day off from working like a fool. Yesterday was our Skirting,washing,carding and spinning workshop and it was a great success! Alison Schantz and Cheryl Flett did a super,duper job of showing two different techniques to wash wool. It is just pure fun to be with other people that love fiber and to spend the whole day playing! We skirted Cocoa that is (moorit) and Little Lola Low Rider that is (white) to wash and prepare to spin. We were also very lucky with the weather. The rain held off until just before 3 p.m. and we just had to move the drying wool onto the front porch. We had two regular size drum carders and one small size drum carder, hand combs and flickers. It nice to see how each person uses these tools and you get different ideas just from watching. We had a very nice lunch and I treated all the ladies to a glass of "SWITCHEL" that is a drink we had when I was a little girl during haying. Its made with apple cider vinegar,maple syrup,ground ginger and water. They all liked it and it really is just the thing on a hot,humid day. After a little treat of tootsie rolls, we were back at the fiber with a good sugar buzz. At the end of the workshop, everyone went home with beautiful washed moorit and white wool. My daughter Darcy left with her family on Friday morning to go to the Thousand Islands for a week.......I am totally lost without them but I hope they have lots of fun. My son David arrived and asked if we would like to go with him and his daughter Ella to Chester to "Curtis Ribs" for supper. I had never been there and Jonathan and I had a nice time and got to have a ride in David new Dodge Ram diesel truck. Its a double cab and rides really well, with me in the back seat with Ella! My poor sheep Arly has been very sick since Thursday and I had Deb (Vet) from Green Mt. Bovine here on Friday afternoon. We are not sure if she ate something in the pasture or if she ate too much grain but Deb gave her a shot of Vit. B, some banamine and probios. Deb had me give her pepto bismol/gatorade/peppermint tea Thursday evening.....actually Deb said pepto bismol and I added the gatorade and peppermint tea. Yesterday she was still not any better but I put her out in the small pasture thinking that might help just to be outside. David is coming this morning to help me trim her hooves and I gave her more probios this morning and water with a syringe.........she just acts like she is in misery and I called Green Mt. Bovine yesterday afternoon and they have Walpole Vet. Clinic cover for them on the week-end. I talked to a wonderful Vet and he said I would have to make her want to live and I'm trying really hard. Poor little Percy, her little ram lamb needs his mother! Well I guess thats all the news for now and I will go to the barn to trim Arlys hooves. Good-bye from Maybelle MaMa.
Kathleen - Farm Partner, Flock Shepherdess and great storyteller and (occasionally) Darcy - Farm partner, business "manager" and current web designer.