We are getting hammered with snow right now and it is really getting to me to have so much snow! The sheep were finally able to get out of the barn thanks to my brother Everett and my son David. Everett arrived with his bucket loader last Sunday and made a road up to the barn so all the ewes could get out. Darcy and Todd had gone to Massachusetts to pick up Luther and bring him home. Everett couldn't go down on the back side of the barn because he was afraid of getting stuck. That meant that Darcy and Todd took Luther down the stairs and put him in with Stuart and Spartacus.
Everything was going well until I noticed that Arly's right eye looked all milky. We put eye ointment in it and it all seemed better! WRONG! Wednesday morning I called Stephen, our Vet and talked to him. He said to put the eye ointment in and I made an appointment for him to come on Thursday. Thank goodness I did, because I started looking at everyone and then noticed that Java had terrible crusting around her eyes as well as Stella, Matylda and Aphrodite. Stephen arrived and gave Arly, Stella, Java, Matylda, and Aphrodite all 5 cc of LA 200 and said to keep watch. If in three days, they are not better to give another shot of LA 200! What is up with my sheep this winter!!!!! I am really questioning if I know enough to raise sheep anymore???????
Stephen watched my little Ripley clippity, clop around the barn. Ripley still holds his head a little off to the side but he is so much better that Stephen said he can eventually go in with the old ewes. I am very grateful that things are getting better, and could be so much worse. I need to focus on the good stuff and let the problems go! HAHA! That's easy to say but not for me to do. Arly's eye looks so much better today and at 1 p.m. I have to trudge back out through the snow to put more eye ointment in her eye. Its four times a day until her eye looks o.k. I have to watch the whole flock to make sure it doesn't spread to everyone. Stephen said that some sheep are just more prone to pick up things than others.
My Non-Profit Management class was canceled at Marlboro College in Brattleboro toda. Boy, I was so relieved to get that e-mail last night. They will re-schedule the class for March 25th. Tomorrow is a Fiber Demo at the Wardsboro Town Hall to benefit the Wardsboro Public Library. Margaret Silvia from Margie's Muse will be there demonstrating Weaving. Jenna Konesko from Thumb Think Green will do drop spindle and I will do needle felting. We will also have things to sell. Its fun just to be with other fiber people. I stopped at Handknits in Wilmington on Wed. afternoon with my friend Jenna and had my book signed by Jeannine Bakridges. I love her new book "Spinning Around". She even mentions Maybelle Farm in her book because she processed some of my beautiful Shetland wool donated by Avocado. You definitely need to check out this book if you spin, knit, weave, crochet or just plain love fiber.
I will be teaching a needle felting class on Sunday March 6th at the Wardsboro Town Hall. It is "Make a Gnome or Leprechaun" and will be 1-4 p.m. It costs $25.00/person and includes all the supplies needed to make a Gnome or Leprechaun. Please call or e-mail to reserve a spot as the class size is limited. We will be adding the classes and workshops to our site as soon as we can. Another exciting happening is that Cheryl Flett of CherylAvenue and Maybelle Farm LLC will be sharing a booth at the Vermont Sheep Festival at the Tunbridge Fairground the first week-end in October. I am so excited to be there as "Shetland Sheep" is the featured breed for the 2011 Festival. This is also the 25th anniversary of the first Shetland sheep import into the U.S. They were first brought into Vermont, from Canada, to Maple Ridge Sheep Farm in Randolph, VT. Please keep watch at our website for more information.
I'm also going to add pictures of the socks I made from a pattern on the cover of Spin-Off magazine. There is also a picture of a hat I knitted from my wool, donated by Spartacus and Blake. This yarn was processed at Stone Hedge Fiber Mill. There is a beautiful article in the new Wild Fiber magazine about their fiber mill. I will be having more wool made into yarn at their mill shortly. The colored balls of yarn is what I have over dyed on some of my sock yarn. The cute little couple is my needle felted pair, Maude and Wilbur!
Got to close and do make some donuts for Rowan and Declan.
So-long from Maybelle MaMa