Well, hello there. Yes, we really are still here, even though it has been mighty quiet on the blog front. The weeks leading up to the 2012 Kentucky Sheep and Fiber Festival
were packed with preparations that left me unable to focus on much else. I'm not the most organized person in the world, but I tried really hard to not procrastinate this year. I think I may have improved on my past record, but still have a long way to go. A couple of big accomplishments this year - the trailer was loaded and ready to roll before noon on set-up day - the bottle babies (Matthew and Marilla**) had been bathed the day before and were sparkling white and clean - Luna and Birdie got a quick spray off with the hose the day before to spiff them up just a little and best of all, I did not put my iPhone through the wash cycle in the washing machine. Yes, that actually did happen two years ago.
Saturday at the festival was action packed. There were good crowds of happy yarn and fiber buyers all day. Luckily for me, my sweet grand-daughter, Jordan, came for the weekend to help me because it would not have been pretty if I'd tried to hold it together on my own. Sunday was much, much slower, but it gave me more time to chat with people coming through. I love the fact that so many said they read the blog and have been enjoying the lamb-cam. (Sometimes I wonder if anyone is out there, so it's good to know.)
Wondering why the title to this post? Because my girls did me proud in the fleece competition. I only entered four natural colored fleeces, PeeGee, Teeny, Olive and 901. The girls brought home two blue ribbons, two red ribbons and my special little Olive
won the championship ribbon. It was especially nice that the judge came to me afterwards to ask about Olive's breeding and tell me what a beautiful fleece she had produced. To make it even sweeter, with the exception of 901, they are all bottle babies. (My grand-daughter has made me feel guilty that 901 doesn't have a name, so if you've got ideas please send them this way!)
|( Would it kill ya to give me a name?)|
This week it's back to real life on the farm. There's much to do to make up for slacking off on farm chores while preparing for the festival. I only have two more fleeces to go before all the sheep and alpaca fleeces for 2012 will be washed and the garden needs attention a.s.a.p. So, onward ......
** I know I said this was to be a "Downton Abbey" year for names, but DA didn't have any brother and sister names for me to use, so these two got "Anne of Green Gables" names. I don't think they mind.