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 11, 2014


Update:  We are not at the market this morning due to ice build-up on roads, and on the farm.  Last night, a rain storm gently moved in with warm air that was above freezing.  This would normally melt any snow or ice on the roads, but since we had such severe cold earlier in the week, the ground is very, very cold.  As the warm air moved in, moisture hovered in a light fog.  The fog began settling on the ground in some places, creating black ice and lots of accidents before the rain even started!  As the rain came down later, the cold, cold ground caused the wetness to freeze right away.  When I walked out the door to do the last chores of the day, I was shocked at the nearly one inch layer of glaze ice on everything I needed to walk on!  The trees and things higher up were spared, as they could warm up in the warmer air, but the ground, being soooo cold, froze everything.

It was decided that loading the truck would be very hazardous if not nearly impossible with this sheet of ice on everything.  The other realization was that we don't think we'd be able to drive out of the driveway with all that ice!  Very few vehicles are on the road this morning out here and for good reason.  DH was on the road coming home last night and said it was the worst he's ever experienced.  He topped less than 20 mph and was still afraid he'd slide into the ditch. He had little traction, and was frequently slipping around.  This rain has been deceptive, as normally, the warmth would bring people out.  It's the cold ground that is the fooler this time.

We will extend our Customer Appreciation Days to the next market we attend!  Our sale of 20% off everything except the sheepskins is to show our appreciation for all of you who support small family sheep farms and keep the economy going!  We apologize for missing today, but we'll be back!

Hope all of you are doing well in this week of demanding weather!

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