This was such a wonderful summer with so much sunny weather and the garden was crazy. It was really hard to keep up with the summer squash, zucchini and beans. There were not as many blueberries or raspberries but the blackberries were very plentiful. Catherine wanted to give me something as a little gift so I thought long and hard about what would be nice. I came up with a "flicker". Its used to card wool and my friend Alison was here today teaching a class "Skirting, washing, carding and spinning a fleece". Alison just happened to have a flicker for sale so now every time I use my new flicker to card wool....."it will be a very sweet reminder of my little Catherine!
At Alison's class, we skirted a fleece donated by Arwyn. She was born a black/white spotted lamb so the fleece came out a very light gray with touches of fawn and white...YUMMY. We also had to wash up a little of Tinka, my very LARGE Coopworth and it is incredibly beautiful. My grandaughter Rowan stayed with me today through the class and my daughter Darcy took her son Declan to a "Touch a Truck" event in Brattleboro. Declan is three years old and anything with a motor is just super interesting for him. He got to sit in an eighteen wheeler, a beverage truck, a hummer,etc... It was great until he tried to sit in a garbage truck.......yuck the smell almost made him gag!
Todd, my son-in-law, made lots of new labels for all the kits and roving packages I'm putting together for the November event at Mt. Snow. Jonathan mowed out in the fields across from the farmhouse and it makes the fields look so nice. I had the Vet here on Thursday Sept. 9th and my little Percy got his CD & T shot, a lovely lime green scrapie ear tag, wormed and scrotum check! He is now ready to go to New Hampshire to be a real little stud muffin! I also had an OPP blood test done and when the results are back, I will get his health certificate to take with me when Jonathan and I deliver him to his new farm.
Arly (that is Percy's Mom) has been limping, so the Vet checked her and she has a scrape with a small puncture wound and he thought she probably ran into a wire or stick. I've kept her in for two days and given her some aspirin and she is much better tonight. My poor old Ram Blake continues to just get more and more lame and I'm just letting him enjoy every bit of time he can outside in the lovely weather.
Tonight my son David invited us down to his house for supper. I was beyond thrilled as we hardly ever go there. I made coleslaw, a pasta salad and macaroni & cheese for the children. David grilled hot dogs and fixed a nice fire in his fire pit and we roasted marshmallows. Ella, my little granddaughter, curled up in my arms wrapped in a blanket and almost went to sleep. I took her inside, gave her a bath, washed her hair and put her in her pajamas. That was the first time I have really taken care of her and I got a hug and a kiss. My grandson Austin mowed our yard and helped here all afternoon then after supper, he was weed whacking all around their house. He is like the energizer bunny and just can't stop!
Tomorrow is a very exciting time here at the farm. Cheryl Flett is teaching a Wet Felting class that is making flowers with vines. There are at least 8 people signed up and it is just way too much fun. It is incredible to see how these classes have taken off and grown. I'm also selling raw wool, roving,etc. on Etsy which has been really great. I also got a call from a lady from the Vermont Farm Bureau and she asked if we raised our sheep for wool and I told her "Yes"!! She said she is going to send a reporter here this coming week and interview me and write about our farm!!!!!! YIPPEE, I'm so excited.
Well, I've finally run down for tonight so will sign off. Goodnight from Maybelle MaMa.