Shetland Sheep: Rich in History, Rich in Textiles

Shetland Sheep: Rich in History, Rich in Textiles! Our farm mission is to enjoy and promote the wonderful diversity of the Shetland breed by fully utilizing to the best of our ability all they have to offer historically. We believe the best preservation and management of this breed includes it's full spectrum of history. We encourage old and new shepherds alike to join in the fun by engaging in fiber arts, especially spinning and knitting, as this breed is so intimately linked with those aspects of the arts.

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Still Waiting for Primrose

The real deal, a real Primrose
The long leaves remind me of someone's long ears...

Well, the day came....and went! We are still waiting for that 4-H project to give us babies. The weather became mild, making us feel grateful that it would be mild for the big event. Then, the mild weather left, and it's cold again. Still, we wait!

So what to do while waiting? Let's see...I cleaned a store room, cleaned the house, baked lots of bread, made cookies twice...cleaned out my fleece inventory, cleaned a lot in the barn, helped teach someone how to sew, did a lot of spinning, and went shopping for primroses and african violets!
A bright sight for winter eyesight, a pink african violet

The african violets were the idea generated by 4-H projects. It's great fun to learn about plants, where their native habitat is/was, who "discovered" them, and how they've since been distributed. Studying this pretty little plant brings a whole host of learning in geography, culture, trading, and more.
There are many cultivars...

...and we don't have a clue what they are! It's fun to learn about them, and remember the day when plant societies were stronger.
We've named this one "Dainty"

All of the violets and the primrose now have names...not cultivar names, but name names. :) The white one is mine, and when pressed for "her name", I picked Dainty. Isn't she pretty! These are all grocery store-type plants so we hope we'll be able to keep them healthy for years to come.

I guess when you're waiting for babies out in the barn, anything can happen!

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