Good morning! I hope that you're all having a wonderful first week of summer. I know that we are! Over the last few weeks we've had really wonderful additions to the farm, who I will introduce later in this post.
At the end of May, Valerie Buller, a local photographer asked if she could come to the farm and take some photographs. Of course we said yes! We spent a wonderful evening with Valerie while she captured Jeri and I working with the animals. It was a truly wonderful experience, and we are so grateful to Valerie for capturing the spirit of the farm and our sheep in each photo she took.
Please feel free to check out more of Valerie's wonderful photographs under her Rough Coat Photography business here.
At the start of June, Jeri and I went away to Vermont to participate in the New England Fiber Art Summit. This 4-day intensive event was hosted by Tammy White of Wing and A Prayer Farm. Tam is an all-around great gal, who loves to love and nurture both all the animals on her farm, as well as all the guests who visit her! The weekend was filled with laughter, pie, and learning. We learned how to rug-hook, journal, knit faire-isle, use Calendula to natural dye, and we also learned how to knit traditional Shetland Haps! In between the classes, we ate wonderful meals prepared by Char, Tammy's daughter, and got to chat with some of the finest in the fiber arts industry.
We also participated in a sheep-wedding! We took Ash, our Wensleydale ram, up to VT, where he will live now, and he "married" 3 of Tammy's Wensleydale ewes.
Jeri and I came to VT with one sheep to sell, but went home to PA with two! While spending time in the pasture, Jeri fell in love with a little Shetland ewe named Dot, and of course you can't have just one! Therefore, Percy, a Shetland wether (who became my buddy) also got to head home to PA.
After our whirlwind weekend away in Vermont, we were able to get the sheep shorn, and all of the hot lasses and lads are enjoying the breeze sans fleece now!
Farmer Matthew and Shepherdess Jeri have been super busy at the farm, starting early in the mornings to reclaim land and fence in a new pasture for breeding/lambing/quarantine. They have been working hard over the last few weeks to cut down brush, mark out post holes, and put up fences and gates. I've been in the store tending to customers and putting out yarn, in addition I've had OODLES of fleeces to skirt in hopes we can pop to the mill before the end of the month.
Until next time!