Busy week

Well, the lambs are all here!  They’re getting bigger and stronger every day and starting to make me laugh out loud watching them play together in the evenings!

 

Roy’s been off all week, so we’ve been busy starting projects – – and trying to finish a few.

 

The barn is all cleaned out from the winter, and we’ve started a nice big mulch pile to compost down for future gardening needs.

 

We’ve dug a dozen or so post holes in the back field.  We’ve got a dozen or so more to put in before we can start stretching fences over them, mounting gates, and stretching high tensile wire to prepare this field for the sheep.  That will be so much safer and easier than using the portable electric fencing back there.

 

Today we’ll try to sneak in a few more seeds and onions in the garden before the raindrops come.  We will also be gathering cut firewood from the woods and bring it up to be split before the hot summer arrives.

 

We’re excitedly preparing our 16 fleeces for the CT Sheep, Wool and Fiber Festival this Saturday.  We have quite a variety from which to choose!

 

Our family will be there helping out with the sale as well as helping to demonstrate fleece skirting.  We hope to see you there!  If you want to purchase fleeces, we suggest arriving as close to 9am as possible!  

 

If you’re not there for fleece, there are so many other things to do and see, and the only fee is $5 for parking!

 

A celtic group called Fiddleheads will be performing Celtic and fold music from 11am until 2pm.

 

Windham Woolies 4H group will have a Kids Corner with crafts and games for children.

 

A sheep dog trial runs throughout the day.  Watching those dogs work a flock is awesome!

 

If food is your “thing” – lamb stew and fried dough…need I say more?!

 

State Veterinarian Mary Jane Lis will be available at 11am to answer questions in an open forum.

 

From 1pm until 3pm, Jo Judd will have a wool quality workshop.  It’s a must if you have wool breed sheep and need to know more…

 

If you’re thinking about alpaca, which are quickly growing in popularity, there will be a free seminar at 11am – Alpaca 101.

 

And here’s the rest of the schedule:

 

RED BARN I


Hosted by Happily Hooked on Crochet Club

9:30 Introduction to Crochet

11:00 Tunisian Crochet

12:00 Introduction to Crochet

  1:30 Crochet with Roving

2:30 Introduction to Crochet


 

RED BARN II


Hosted by the Nutmeg Spinners

11:00 Skirting a fleece for handspinners

  1:00 Basics of hand painting yarn and fiber



RED BARN III


  Sheep Shearing – top & bottom of every hour

starting at 9:30



RED BARN IV


  10:00 – Angora Rabbit Care

  11:00 – Knitting with Beads

12:00 – Kumihimo

1:00 – Sheep 101

  1:00-2:00 I Made it with Wool !

2:00 – Shetland Sheep Primer

 


 

RED BARN V


10:00 – Color Blending with a drum carder

  11:00 – Spinning Wheel Clinic

  12:00 – Knitting Cables

  1:00 – Hooking with Fleece

2:00 – Needle Felting

  3:00 – Hand Spinning Artisan Yarns



RED BARN OUTSIDE


9:00 – 4:00 – Bobbin Lace Demonstrations

 

Last, but not least

I’m happily exhausted.

 

I got up at 3am for my normal “lamb watch” and found Matilda in labor.  An hour and a half later, her ram arrived!  At 9 1/2lbs, he’s a sweetie – up and ‘at ’em right away!  

 

By the time he was up and nursing and we were sure there were no more lambs coming, the birds were chirping, the sun was coming up, and the other ewes were calling for their breakfast!  It was chore time already!

 

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We’re so pleased that all of the lambs and ewes are doing well!  Now we can concentrate on the garden, the fiber festival on the 28th, and our broilers that will be coming in a couple of weeks

 

— and of course, we can enjoy watching the lambs frolick!

 

 

A week of visitors

Lambing time is always a great time for visitors to Morning Star Meadows!  Our first visitor of the week got more than she bargained for!

 

One of our son’s friends from North Stonington Volunteer Fire Department visited on Sunday with her children and neice and nephew.  It’s a good thing she’s an EMT, because we put her to work helping finish up with Molly’s lambing experience.  We love to put our visitors to work while they’re here — just enhances their experience all the more!  But it was a small “price” to pay to see a lamb only a couple of hours old!

 

Monday and Tuesday brought 3 more batches of visitors!  I don’t know who ooh’s and ahh’s more over lambs — the kids or the adults!  

 

Here’s Molly posing with her daughter

 

Molly’s big singleton

 

Roy and I went for a walk after we got her settled and I picked her a bouquet of clover to congratulate her.  I figured she’d prefer that to roses…

 

2 ewes down — 2 more to go!  Matilda and Roxanne are both due toward the end of next week.  In the mean time we’ll enjoy watching this new little girl and the triplets frolicking around!

 

Molly’s turn!

Molly’s udder suddenly started to rapidly enlarge yesterday, so we bedded her down in a lambing jug last evening.  This morning her udder is ginormous!  

 

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There are thunderstorms predicted tonight.  

 

I expect drama.  

 

She will have all the opportunity to lamb on this beautiful, dry, sunny, warm spring day while we are awake and watching her, but she will choose the drama of darkness, cold rain, and dangerous lightning tonight.  It’s just always the way!