Saturday, November 26, 2011

Trip to England

England! Sheep, pubs, more sheep, cathedrals, more sheep, Big Ben, more sheep, Stonehenge, more sheep, Hadrian's wall, and MORE SHEEP! Need I say I was in heaven? Here are a few choice sheep and wool related photos of my recent trip with dear friend Susan.

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Beautiful Barn Painting

Susan created this fabulous painting of one of the lambs to adorn the sheep barn. Susan's paintings have long been a favorite at the Meetinghouse. A true animal lover, Susan is able to capture the spirit of every animal she paints. The curiosity and lively nature of a lamb simply shines in this painting.

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Sid's Side of the Story

First of all, I know how My Shepeherd Lady talks about me, always commenting on my intelligence and work ethic. Good thing she ends every sentence with, "...I love him anyway!" So when I heard her going on about our recent visit to the vet, I knew it was time to be heard.........
Of course, I wasn't going to let her put me in that contraption of a trailer all by her scrawny self, and I thought it was kind of cute that she had to call in reinforcements from Jerry's Garage (a well known loafing spot up in town) to help her out. But, it really wasn't necessary for two of those "loafers" to show up grinning like possums. I jumped right in when the proper force was summonsed. (By the way the ride was awesome - I look cool with wind in my hair!)
And sure, I had to run around and sniff every bush and blade of grass around the office. Who could resist the amazing smells? Could I help it if she had trouble keeping up? When My Shepherd Lady tells this, she compares it to Ouiser walking her dogs in "Steel Magnolias". Whatever!
Now for the that Groomer Lady, I was perfectly willing for her to shave off all my handsome hair (don't you know how hot and humid it is around here? ) But a BATH? Good Lord, I live in a barn and I roll in manure! You can be sure I let her know how I felt about that! My Shepherd Lady never once mentionened how mannerly I was when that Vet Guy, poked me with needles and sprayed stinging stuff on my "hot spots".
And, yes, it was humiliating when my sheep chased me down the lower pasture when we came home! Does she have to laugh so hard when she tells it?
Well, I guess that just about sets the story straight.
From now on when My Shepherd Lady tells a tale on me, please check with me before you come to any conclusions!
This is Sid (who loves his Shepherd Lady anyway) signing off........

Monday, June 6, 2011

Martha's Creation

Look at Martha's latest creation! She designed, spun, dyed and knitted this fabulous sweater. It was fun to watch the work in progress - from sketch to sweater!

Martha is Sweet Home Spun's "Dyeing Diva"! She has an amazing talent for natural dyeing. She was able to dye the various shades of this sweater with marigolds. The key to getting the various shades is the mordant. All those years Martha spent in a chemistry lab sure pay off in the dye pot!

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Jack and Mary Visit the Lambs

Good friend, Jill, visited the lambs yesterday along with her family and friends. Here are Jill's children, Jack and Mary holding the newest lamb. Adorable, don't you agree?

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Meetinghouse Creations

Many creative folks grace the Meetinghouse! Here are a few of their creations!

The Easter Bunny can't compete with these eggs! The Knit Night group did a great job felting them.

Dana and Stephanie joined the Wednesday night spinning crowd for a try on the wheel!

Donna got caught up in a "Fair Isle Frenzy" and turned out hats for everyone in her family!

Spring Blooms

The blooms are beautiful this year! This japonica bush is more lovely than ever! Thanks to Samuel for snapping this shot!

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Fair Isle Caps!

Here are Cindy, Karen, Connie and MaryAnne proudly showing off their Fair Isle Caps. The Knit Night crowd learned how to knit in the Fair Isle tradition and then took off designing their own caps! Great job by all! It's a good thing the ladies enjoy knitting the caps, because their family members are all clamoring for one!

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Kelsey and Kourtney Visit the Farm

Former students Kelsey and Kourtney came to the farm today to work on their SAE (Supervised Ag Experience) for their ag class at the high school. The girls learned about care of baby lambs and their mothers and helped feed the flock. After the barn chores were finished, we headed over to the Meetinghouse where they learned first hand about value added marketing. All was great fun, but of course, holding baby lamb KK was the highlight of the day. (in case you didn't guess, the girls named the lamb KK for Kourtney and Kelsey).

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

And Then There Were Twins!

So, Jenna came out to spin and we went to the barn to see Luna's baby. We noticed one of the other ewes, Channa, walk away from the feeder and mosey into the barn looking very uncomfortable. A sure sign her time was here, but these things usually take time. As the sun started to set, we got a little chilly and decided to wait for Adriennne and Finn in the Meetinghouse. When they arrived, Sam met them at the barn and Adrienne exclaimed, "I didn't know you had three lambs!" This was a shock to Sam, who rushed to the Meetinghouse to inform us. So Channa gave birth to a set of twins ewes and had them up and nursing in, say, 20 minutes. Hope this is a sign of more good things to come.
Yes, one of the lambs has some strange markings! Did you ever see a lamb that looked like it was wearing a saddle?

Sweet Home Farm's First Lamb

Luna, the self appointed queen of Sweet Home Farm, started the lambing season off today with a lovely little ewe lamb. Dear Luna, picked a warm sunny day to effortlessly (or so it seemed) deliver this little beauty. Here they are out in the pasture nose to udder and nose to bottom in typical sheep fashion! Mother and baby are now tucked away in the barn where Luna polished off a scoop of corn and a gallon of water while her lamb dozed. Spring weather, and a new lamb - life is good.

Friday, January 28, 2011

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Spinning Wheel for Christmas

Look what Jenna found under the Christmas tree! She left the Meetinghouse today with two bags full of roving. Check back later to see what she spins up!

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Christmas Eve Dinner

Christmas Eve Pot Luck continues to be a favorite holiday tradition for the Meetinghouse crowd. This year was the largest gathering yet, with good food, great friends and holiday spirit galore!

Christmas Hats

All the nieces and nephews donned hand knit or crocheted hats for Christmas. The hats were all finished before Christmas day. Sister Wendy's socks, however, were cast off around 2:00 am Christmas Morning. Dear friend Norma Jean's fingerless mitts were still damp when received!