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.

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Cold Snap..No time to rest!

Well, my feet weren't up for long! lol  We've been hit with a cold snap.  This is not the worst cold snap our farm has ever seen.  It's been much, much colder at times.  But somehow, this one has kept us unusually busy.

The hydrant froze up.  Heat lamps needed to be placed and tended.  Vitamins needed dispensing.  Extra feed needed to be doled out.  The rams needed to be moved.  Misty (a Friesian lamb) got the bright red water bucket on her head and needed a rescue!  The handle was hanging down so she was not tangled it it, but it seems that the little bit of water remaining in the bucket quickly froze a bit to her wool before she put her head down, so she was wandering around for about 10 minutes, bumping/clunking into things, and seeing red!

We also had some high winds this week.  Despite the ground being frozen, I don't think we have a straight tree left on the place!  The horse fence needed fixing after that, too.

And somehow, certain frisky little animals seem to have become especially playful and mischevious during this cold snap!  I have to admit I've (we've) been chasing after them daily, and I'm not sure who's giggling or them!  Unfortunately, they are always WAY out ahead of us.  Who needs a treadmill??  It's a great way to stay warm.

Did I mention the mitten snatcher?  It's been cold enough that our mittens have been instantly freezing to all metal stall latches, door knobs, gate chains, feeders, fence lines, and bucket handles.  If you are not careful, you are quickly without your wooly covering!  How luxurious it will seem when things warm up and we can once again touch everything without feeling like tree frogs...

Up next, photos of the yarn that is left after a season of sales at the farm market.  Stay tuned and stay warm!

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