Rhinebeck

Mom and I went to Rhinebeck last weekend to represent Bluefaced Leicester Sheep as best we could.  With my foot broken, this is largely a story of other people doing things for me.  Matt loaded Fannie the BFL lamb at 5:30 for my departure.  Down 91, picked up Mom in Brattleboro, across on 90 andContinue reading “Rhinebeck”

Preparing for the Vermont Sheep and Wool Festival

Every year has been a little different at the Vermont Sheep and Wool Festival at the Tunbridge Fairgrounds in Tunbridge, VT, September 30-October 1.  Even if you don’t knit, it’s a ton of fun with great food and lots of opportunities to learn more about fibercraft. In the past, I have brought natural-color Cormo XContinue reading “Preparing for the Vermont Sheep and Wool Festival”

More Sheep and Wool Festival Preparation

Just a taste of what I’m bringing to the Vermont Sheep and Wool Festival this year.  I have about 100 skeins of yarn, hot off the mill(?), soft, huggable pelts from lambs and adults, hand-carded batts, some natural and some hand-dyed, and patterns.  My mom wrote a nifty new cowl pattern that we are excitedContinue reading “More Sheep and Wool Festival Preparation”

End of the Summer

  The ram lambs left on the 12th of the month, so the flock is down to the girls all dining in the Donkey Pasture, and the boys, banished to mow the lawn and subsist on shrubs in the periphery of the fields.   The guys were quite large when they left, and I’m lookingContinue reading “End of the Summer”

What goes right, what goes wrong.

I had a long to-do list for last Saturday.   The 4th Doctor needed shearing and the lambs needed to be weaned, which entailed moving them to a field near where I work. The first trip, at 9:30 in the morning, was to set up the paddock at work in Cambridge, 35 minutes from theContinue reading “What goes right, what goes wrong.”

Getting Together

After an escape and a few other instances of naughtiness, primarily instigated by The Doctor, I gave in.  Knowing a bit about sheep psychology, I made a guess: if I put the BFLs with the larger flock, they would be more inclined to stay put because the larger flock doesn’t pressure the fence.  After aContinue reading “Getting Together”

MSWF Part III- Meet the Bluefaced Leicesters

It’s been four days since Beechtree’s Outlander (whom we’re calling the 4th Doctor after his long, dark, shaggy locks), Pitchfork 926 (Fred) and Pitchfork 882 (Little Moose) moved into the barn.  The grade Cormos are out in the fields, grazing. The process of bringing home new sheep is like meeting new friends.  Right off the bat,Continue reading “MSWF Part III- Meet the Bluefaced Leicesters”

Lamb Updates

How are our fuzzy friends progressing?  Overall, I’d say that they’re all benefiting from a having their mothers’ milk all to themselves, as they’re mostly growing like weeds.  BadHorse and Todd are approaching weaning weight already and will be separated by early May.  Crazy. BadHorse is incredibly handsome guy. I am in love with hisContinue reading “Lamb Updates”