It seems as though this summer has flown by! It’s reached a peak heat over here in PA and so our sheep are counting down the days until Autumn begins. Average temperatures have been in the mid-90 degrees Fahrenheit and the sheep aren’t too enthused. Luckily wool does act as an insulator to keep them a bit cooler, and they find a nice spot in the shade to lay and relax.
After I posted the photo of our resident pumpkin, Princess Carrie, she delivered twins! She gave birth to Sir Clive and Lady Clementine, who are just too cute and quite rambunctious. They are full siblings to Cherry Blossom who was Carrie’s lamb last year.
I finally finished the textured shawl previously mentioned that was knit using our Leicester Longwool yarn! It’s a gorgeous and incredibly large shawl that is wonderful for wrapping up in the evenings. The lustre of the yarn definitely adds to the finished project.
Back on the farm, Matthew, Jeri and our friend RJ were working hard to build what we lovingly refer to as “Fort Knox for Chickens”. It’s the outdoor enclosure for our chickens so that they can learn their boundaries (i.e. laying in the coop or chicken yard). The wood you see in the enclosure was 100% sourced from our land on the wooded side. Trees that looked a little too rickety, or were getting just a bit too twisted were harvested and used to build this fabulous enclosure. We’ve had a couple of the hens out as a tester and they seem to be loving it, they are even getting used to the chicken swing!
Finally we closed our July with heading over to the PA Organic FarmFest in Centre Hall. Jeri and I were in the Wool Village showing our wares. We brought a minimalist set up of Yorkshire Medley, and the yarns from our flock. Customers loved hearing the stories of each yarn and we really enjoyed the company of the other vendors too! We even got to spend our Friday evening with our dear friends, Michael, Jan, and Tess of Tamarack Farm Sheep & Wool.
So even though July zipped by, we had all around enjoyable events happen throughout!