Happy June everyone!
It has been a charming early summer at White Rose Acres. We spent a lot of April putting in our vegetable garden and cleaning up around the wooded area of the farm. We had a week and a half of 80 degree Fahrenheit weather. It was a blessing and a curse all in one sitting. The freshly shorn sheep loved to kick up their hooves and run as fast as they could across the pasture. The ground was so hard and dry it kicked up dust and sounded like a team of horses coming up to greet us each time.
After that glorious week and a bit of heat and sunshine, the rain moved in. Since then it has been fairly cool, rainy, and cloudy. It gives the grass a chance to grow, and also helps our newly planted vegetables get a good head start, but the pasture gets soggy quite quickly. The sheep definitely think that they've been transported back to their homeland of England, and are embracing the rain. Surprisingly they don't go into their barns unless it's raining extremely hard. You can regularly find them spotted throughout the pasture grazing on the newest green shoots that are popping up everywhere.
In other news, we received all of our flock yarns from the mill, plus some extras! This year we kept it breed specific instead of sheep specific. Our new yarns include Natural White North American Wensleydale, Natural Black North American Wensleydale, Leicester Longwool, and Timi & friends (a longwool blend yarn).
These new yarns are just waiting to be turned into something fabulous. I'm in the process of turning 3 skeins of our Leicester Longwool yarn into a simple textured shawl to show off this heritage wool.
The beginning of May brought our 11th year at MDSW, as well as my 20th birthday. The weekend was wonderfully peaceful and full of friends, fiber, and laughter. It was really lovely getting to meet such amazingly talented folks who shared a passion for rare breed wool like Mum and I do! Our flock yarns were well received and we felt so proud to be able to tell people that the yarn was raised on our own farm (finally!).
After MDSW everything calmed down again. Mum and I finished our regular semesters, she started teaching her summer courses and I started taking mine. We also received our first shipment of chickens! We brought home day old chicks in the middle of May-- 1 Polish, 5 Speckled Sussex, 4 Red Cap, and 5 Blue Laced Red Wyandottes.
The sunshine came out for a couple of days and all the vegetables for this season were able to be planted.
Let's hope for a quiet Summer, although it seems as though we may have a surprise visitor...
So until next month, enjoy the weather, drink lots of coffee/tea, and keep crafting!