|(Rainy days are adding green to our world)|
The morning that Holly died was also alpaca and llama shearing day. The alpaca boys, along with Strawberry and Pippi got to ride over to Seldom Scene Farm for their yearly do. It's always a big relief to have all the shearing over with for the year. I've been trying to decide whether I'm going to keep the alpaca boys or sell them. One day I think keep and the next day I think sell. I'm trying hard to simplify the routine around here and having multiple species always makes things a little more complicated. On the other hand, I do love having those alpaca fleeces to blend with my sheep fleeces. So, back and forth I go. No matter what, Strawberry and Pippi (the llamas) will stay because they get along beautifully with the sheep and are used to being part of the ewe flock.
I've been working along preparing for the natural dye workshop to be held here at the farm next week. I'm really excited about hosting this event. Dagmar is so knowledgeable and having three full days of hands-on instruction is going to teach us all so much. At the conclusion of the workshop, each participant will go home with 75 (!) mini-skeins that we will have dyed during the three days. Each of those mini-skeins will be tagged with the "recipe" for recreating the color and will be a resource we can use forever.
Of course, because it's spring time on the farm, I'll probably be out mowing until hours before the start of the workshop. Fast growing green grass is a blessing and a curse in the spring. By the time I finish mowing a round, it's time to start all over again! We've had some wonderful sunny days this week and now the rain has arrived again. I swear I can see things growing right before my eyes. There is something wonderful about the arrival of a new season. For me, it's a sign of new opportunity combined with the comfort of tried and true activities. I love autumn best of all, but spring might be next. I love planting the garden (though I'm not so crazy about tending to it in the heat of July and August) and shedding the coats, boots and woolen hats. I enjoy bringing the pots out of the greenhouse and putting them back around the koi pond on the terrace and eating dinner on the screened porch. These are all things that happen year after year, but somehow seem new and exciting at the change of the season.
And speaking of new and exciting, we've had a new addition to the MacDonald clan this week. Just yesterday afternoon, Mike's son, Taylor and his wife, Crimson welcomed their son, Atticus Euclid MacDonald, into the world. We're so excited about having a new baby in the family. Though Mike has been more than willing to embrace my eight grandchildren as his own, this is his first official grandchild ..... and the one who will carry on the MacDonald name. We can't wait to start teaching him about life on the farm!