A Wander

In these stressful times, a wander through the woods restores me.  There is no rush, nowhere to go, and no pressing chores. Time to stop and smell the roses (okay, no roses, but same idea).

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And my “delicate flower”, Elsa.

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What’s in a name..

It often works out that we breed in groups, with one group due a few weeks before the next group.  In some ways, this works well. But it sure can make a small flock lambing season seem to go on forever.

Ethel was the first for round two with a bouncing baby boy, by Dresden. Winston (I was watching Call the Midwife and there was a reference to Winston Churchhill’s funeral)

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Darby followed a few days later with the first Painted Rock Wizard lamb, a four horned ewe lamb named  Monroe.  You’ll catch the reference if you’ve ever seen “that dress”!

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Jubilee delivered twins as a first time mother. No problem for her! She loves her lambs. A lilac ewe and ram by Huron. Both four horned.
Moppet – because, well she’s a moppet – a small endearingly sweet child.

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Jubal – because that’s his grandsire’s name and I like the name. It’s from from one of my favorite books.

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Following a few hours after Jubilee, Paloma popped out (literally – these 4 horned boys were in a hurry!) lilac twins by Dresden.  Paloma left Patchwork as a lamb to live with Laura Burnside.  Laura was kind enough to let Paloma come back from Cooperstown, NY last summer.  Welcome to:

Townes and Cooper

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Jazz, another of my prized Badger daughters, lambed a few days later with twins by Huron.

Coltrane – four horned black ram – because he’s a son of Jazz

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and Weasel – originally a tribute to her granddam, Badger, but she’s managed to earn the name by weaseling out of the lambing jug on a regular basis.

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AnnieRose is one of my favorite ewes. She’s beautiful and sweet. She loves attention and scratches and she loves her new daughter, Juno – named after a rose.

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Almost there.

 

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The Sounds of Spring

The sounds of spring.. bird song and the patter of little lambie feet!

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Canoe Lake Jewel was the second to lamb on March 15 with a ram/ewe set of twins by RavenRidge Huron.

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Patchwork Lisha was next on 3/17 with twin ewes by Huron

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A two week break before the next round brings more lambs. Stay tuned!

The crocus pop up so fast you can almost hear them!

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Shelter in place..

Today I looked at my chalk board grocery list and decided there was nothing on the list I needed enough for a run to town. I’m not out of anything and I don’t want to go to town.

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It was a good day to shelter in place and be grateful that we have food and shelter.
And to take a few pictures between rain showers.

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RavenRidge Huron got a hair cut! I love the sweep of his laterals, the symmetry of his horns – both in configuration and size between tops and laterals. Plus he is such a pleasant, gentle ram.

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Moose Mtn. Delta is one of my rare two horned sheep.  She’s earned her place with her horn sweep and gorgeous fleece. She is a bit bossy, though. Shearing confirmed that she will be having some Painted Rock Wizard lambs this spring.

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This guy really understands shelter in place.

Stay safe. Take care and shelter in place when you can.

 

 

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Spring!!

It’s been a warm winter here in northeast Georgia. Warm days, but not many sunny days. Today was a rare warm and sunny day. The tiny flowers of spring are popping up all over.

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Henbit is a rather unattractive plant until you look closer.

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Dandelions might be considered weeds by most, but I love the sunny yellow flowers.

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In a few weeks, the banks will be covered with violets. For now they are sparse.

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I love the purple violets, but this color is my favorite.

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Maple flowers.

And speaking of popping… Lisha wants to know if this lighting makes her look fat.

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It begins! Lambing 2020

There isn’t much as exciting as the first lambs of the season (except the second, third, etc, etc,…last lambs of the season!)

Springrock Vienna, a new addition from Molly Baker’s Springrock Farm in Tennessee  arrived at Patchwork Farm last October.

viennaVienna was bred to Springrock Ralphie Boy..

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Vienna is the daughter of our own Patchwork Pilsner. Her grandmother, Patchwork Flair, is still part of our ewe flock.
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We were delighted to welcome Vienna to our flock. Thank you, Molly!

Vienna had an uneventful and unsupervised lambing (just the way I like it) on Feb 26.

Welcome to Springrock Starlit, a four horned ewe with a star on her nose.  I think she found her dam’s missing eye patch (plus some)!

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And welcome to Springrock Haydn, a handsome two horned boy with a lovely birth fleece.

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A good start! I love lambing.

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Introductions

I’ve been inspired to get back to blogging. It’s been awhile and you may have forgotten me.  So I’ll start with some introductions..

Let me introduce the newest member of my loom family. I’m one of those people that is always saying “one loom/spinning wheel is plenty. I mean you can only use one at the same time, right?” while falling to temptation when that “oh! what a neat loom” shows up.

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This oldie came from a local auction last week. She’s sure had some hard times!

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There will be some modifications and some repairs, but I had fun weaving off the warp. Someday I may be able to trace the history. Initial research places her around 70 years old. With a weaving width of just 16″, she will be reserved for scarves, towels, and other narrow projects.

2019 brought in more introductions – sheep, an antique Canadian Production Wheel (what’s one more!), additions to the day lily collection,

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and …. best of all .. a new great-grandson!
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Spring Approaches…

Although freezing temps are still in the forecast, the signs of spring approach.

One of the (few) advantages to forgetting where you planted things is the fun of being surprised when a crocus suddenly appears.

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The wake-robin is the first trillium to show up in the spring

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The violets cover the banks this time of year

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It looks like the lady slipper I planted last year survived!! It’s not much now, but just wait.

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I know they are weeds, but I love the yellow dandelions

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And it wouldn’t be spring without lambs. Welcome to Patchwork Chadwick, blue eyed four horn lilac ram (Patchwork Finbar x Cold Valley Loretta)

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Sheepish/Like a Sheep

I’m going through some old blog drafts that I never got around to publishing. This one was from 2016. The lambs aren’t lambs anymore and most have lambs of their own now. But the sentiment still holds.

Sheepish – resembling a sheep in meekness, stupidity, or timidity

Like a Sheep – If a group of people are (like) sheep, they all behave in the same way or all behave as they are told, and cannot or will not act independently.

There are days when I sorely wish my Jacob Sheep would all behave as they are told or even that they would all act in the same way.  Or even show some meekness.

Lamb personalities show up quickly.

Brio is standoffish.

Domino is one that comes up to chew on my jeans.

Scooter is calm. His twin is goofy.

Bellamy and Marloe aren’t twins, but you’d think they were as they are always together. Marloe’s dam, Badger, doesn’t like any other ewes around her lambs, but she tolerates Bellamy’s dam. I had to move Pip and her lamb out of the baby lamb paddock. Dolan would go to play with Bellamy and Marloe. Badger thought that was fine, but she refused to let Pip get near the lambs.

Cleo has a “look at me” attitude!

Minute is independent. Her dam is a nervous Mom – always screaming “where are you?” Minute says “I’ll be there in a minute”.

My sheep just don’t seem to be very “sheepish”

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Stuff

I don’t think of myself as a “stuff” person or a shopping person. We have a small house and used to live on an even smaller boat. I don’t really like to shop.

I do like fiber stuff. My newest fiber acquisition is a Canadian Production Wheel. It’s an A.E. Vezina wheel made somewhere between mid 1880s to early 1990s. After losing out on a couple of CPWs, I happened across this one just 25 miles from home. A little polishing and cleaning and I’m doing a happy dance. I like stuff like this! This is definitely a production wheel for finer yarns – smooth and fast. It’s helping to replenish my stash of hand spun sock yarns.

And I like books. I got some cool books for Christmas. This is my favorite. 111″ of rain in 2018 made it a great year to get interested in mushrooms. We’ve got mud, mold, and mushrooms in abundance in 2018.

And I like beautifully handcrafted works like this silk eco printed scarf created and gifted to me by the very talented Debbie Carnes of Tuckasegee, NC (and Cove Fields Jacob Sheep),

And I like this oddly mesmerizing, strange, and weird painting which I couldn’t resist for $2. Okay, I do like thrift store shopping. You never know when a treasure like this may turn up.

And while I find it surprising that a vacuum cleaner makes it to a list of stuff I like, my Ryobi 18V shop vac makes the list. It makes clean up in my tiny fiber studio so much easier without the cord. And when the studio is clean, I can find more room for “stuff”.

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