I think we have had one day of not quite so high temperatures and humidity and are now back to the miserable stage. If this is the way summers are going to be from now on, I think I'm going to start looking for a farm in Maine!
Friday, July 22, 2011
|( That's Birdie there on the right. Think she'll ever grow into those ears ? )|
Getting those fleeces off gave me a good look at my lambs and there were some I was not happy with. We've been having the same issue as most other sheep breeders lately. This hot, humid weather is causing an unusually high parasite population, which seems to have developed resistance to the de-wormers we use. Two years ago, we switched from Ivomec to Valbazen and now that no longer seems as effective. There is apparently a new de-wormer being used in New Zealand, but things move very slowly in the world of sheep medicines here in the states, so we will be waiting a while for that. Luckily, our adult sheep aren't as susceptible to internal parasites. It's only some of the lambs that seem to be suffering. Next up in our arsenal is Levamisole, which has become difficult to find because apparently drug dealers are using it to cut cocaine. Turns out that when humans ingest it, it starts eating away flesh. Lovely.
On that note, I'll leave you with some gratuitous pictures of the Bun. She is allowed out to run around the studio two or three times a day now. Still no "accidents". She is using her litter box all the time. ( I'm so proud ) Anyway, sitting on the treadles of my loom is one of her favorite activities. My loom is a Glimakra and the treadles hang from the lams, so there is some movement when she's walking around on them, which she apparently does for the thrill of it. I guess she's more easily entertained than even I am.
Wednesday, July 20, 2011
From John Hadamuscin's "Simple Pleasures" ( this is an oldie..... it came out in 1992 )
3 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp salt
1 1/2 cups vegetable oil
3 cups granulated sugar ( I used Sugar in the Raw - so, not quite so bad )
4 large eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
3 cups grated, unpeeled zucchini
Confectioners sugar, for dusting
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly butter a 10 inch tube or Bundt pan and dust lightly with cocoa.
2. Sift together flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and salt. In a separate bowl, combine oil and granulated sugar, then beat in eggs, one at a time. Slowly beat dry mixture into wet mixture, until well blended. Beat in vanilla and stir in zucchini.
3. Pour batter into prepared pan and bake for approximately an one hour.
4. Cool in the pan for 10 minutes, then remove cake to a wire rack. When completely cool, dust lightly with confectioners sugar.
5. Cover and refrigerate. Serve with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream.
There you go........knock yourself out!
Friday, July 15, 2011
I've made good progress on my Tour de Fleece efforts, in spite of taking my two rest days at the very beginning of the race. I've managed to put in a little time at the mini-spinner every day since and have spun 2 lbs. 7 oz. of singles, which I'm in the process of plying. The Hansen Mini-spinner has a huge bobbin, which I love. Combine the size of the bobbin with the Woolly Winder and you can really pack some fiber on there. The first plied bobbin was 314 yards of worsted weight and I have enough singles spun to have about 1000 yards of two-ply yarn. I'm now thinking I might like a cardigan, rather than a vest, and I'll most likely spin another bobbin full. So, it looks as though I'll make it across the finish line. I'm not sure I deserve a medal this year, even though I met my goal. It doesn't feel like I've been dedicated enough, especially when I see the efforts and discipline this spinner and this one are putting into the race.
Tuesday, July 12, 2011
|(Phoebe - resting after one of her sprints around the studio)|
Thursday, July 7, 2011
Once in a while, I look out in the field and see something like the scene above. My first thought is, "Oh no, there's a ewe down. Is she dead ?". How, I ask you, could this possibly be a comfortable napping position? Wouldn't you have a permanent kink in your neck if you tried sleeping like this? Usually I clap my hands or yell or watch for a twitching ear. This time I walked right up to her before Gabby roused herself. Two seconds later............she's up and back to business as usual.
|(that's my good girl, Olive, in the middle)|
After a very, very slow start, my Tour de Fleece challenge has finally left the starting line. I'm going to have to spend some quality time at my Hansen mini-spinner to catch up. I probably should have skipped the competition this year, but it feels good to have
Tuesday, July 5, 2011
|( don't you just love the expression on the bunny's face?)|
Grand-daughter, Mia, was here from Friday until Sunday, so we did have semi-regular meals for a change. Nothing like having a small child around to make you consider having dinner earlier than 10 pm!
And, least you think I have my vegetable garden under control (well, except for maybe the walkways. I'm working on it).......this is the other half. In my defense, I've been begging Mike for at least 10 years to enclose the raised beds and this year, we are finally making some progress. We're half way done . Nothing like having a wedding at the farm to get things done. I highly recommend it.