Monday, May 26, 2008
As I was feeding this evening, I noticed that Espresso was shoving a few of the ewes away from the feed bowl. I decided to put a separate feeder out and while out there, check the two ewes that I thought might be pregnant. Based on udder size, they could deliver this week. One looks like a single and the other like twins. Of course, one could just be fat. It would be nice to have ewe lambs, but the ram they were bred to gave me mostly rams. I will take what I can get! Anyhow, I will have to get up earlier this week, since they are first time moms.
I have been procrastinating on paperwork. Guess I will have to get with it tomorrow. It is the one part of the business that I wish I could give away or hire out, but too much of it is in my head, so I am stuck doing it.
Thursday, May 22, 2008
Just a note - if you make comments and you would like to hear back from me, could you include your email address. I would have liked to reply to a few and could not, because there was no contact info. It has to do with how the site is set up. If you are a blogger, your info appears; if you are not, I get your name and no way to say thanks!
It got downright chilly this evening. I had to put heavy sweats on to feed the animals. They were all being good, so I was able to do it in record time. Even Holly behaved (dairy goat.) She had lots of milk this evening - none at all yesterday - probably because it was so hot.
I have almost finished the Six Feet Under Series. If anyone has suggestions for TV dramas that have been going on a while, or good mystery movies, available through Netflix, please let me know. My queue will be empty by this weekend!
Wednesday, May 21, 2008
This is Classy's kid. She had the doe, walked elsewhere to lose her afterbirth and wanted nothing to do with her kid. Classy is now outside again with Agave and they have made progress. Classy stands up when she sees me coming. I periodically have to lock her head in the panel, but she no longer butts her baby away. When I see Agave staying in the pen with her, I will know that I can let Classy out. Seems to take about 3 weeks for the teenage mom syndrome to get lost. Agave is cute as can be when she runs up to greet me.
This is one of Pearl's ram lambs. He will probably get castrated, since he is a cross and I don't want to use them for breeding. I caught him in mid air!
Marc bought rose bushes for the back yard. One of them is having a hard time in the heat. I decided that the green yarn really looked like the branches and leaves, so I carded up some reds to create a rose. I have started designing another scarf and I am using these two skeins.
Last night's sunset.
Goats trying to climb the tree. The kids have it easy. One of the yearlings was trying, but just could not make it.
She had to settle for watching the others.
Oreo went to her new home at Chris' this past weekend. I think Emmy missed her a little, but she did not hum, so I don't really know.
This is what happens when I am a few minutes late coming out to feed. It is a mob scene, until I have food in most of the buckets, wagons, bowls, and feeders. Have to spread them out, so they won't fight.
This is such a lovely flower for such a nasty cactus! The chollas are hooked and can cause a lot of pain.
The saguaros are also blooming. Hard to believe that their fruit is so red inside.
The Christmas cactus is also in bloom.They have the tiniest little needles on them, that are just as bad to remove as the barbs of the cholla.
These are the blossoms on the palo verde trees. We have both types. The ground is now covered in yellow - except where the goats and sheep are - it is either in their hair or eaten by them. The goats love chewing on the branches of the palo verdes that we prune. I try not to give them the branches from the blue ones, because they have stickers and it is murder to get them out of the kid mohair.
I spun up two yarns using the mohair that I dyed to recreate the Bird of Paradise flowers above.
I have fiber the color above picked and ready to be carded - only problem - it is too bright for me right now!
I spun a yellow/golden skein that recalls the prickly pear flower.
These are the seed pods on the creosote. I will spin those up as a novelty yarn. Should be fun. I am currently forcing myself to spin at least a few hours a day on two orders that I have. My conscience is catching up to me - so I have to dream about the yarns I will be spinning.
Sunday, May 18, 2008
I have been spinning some pink/slate blue kid mohair. It is turning out too pale and anemic, so it is going to hit the dye pot. I am thinking the slate blue, since it is a popular color and I like it more.
If I feel ambitious later, I will load some photos that I have taken over the last few days. Cool dyes and cool colors!
Thursday, May 15, 2008
My Mothers' Day yarn has already sold. Might have to do another, but none will ever be exactly the same. I plan to put more cream into the next one. It was really lovely and definitely silky. It had the best mohair in it.
I am doing a series of yarns using Sweet, the yearling with the best second fleece. A friend in Colorado bought her brother. I will have to see how he held up. It is lovely to spin and nicer than the first haircut on a traditional angora goat. No Size has turned out to be a real winner!
Monday, May 12, 2008
The milk had started to flow at this point.
Abe had the hang of milking now. He got off easy, because we are only emptying one of Holly's udders. We are leaving the second one alone for Holly's buck.
Anyhow, we are milking Holly between 5:30 and 6 P.M., if you are interested in trying!
This is the yarn that I spun yesterday. I spun another one today and coiled it over a cream cotton thread. Might get a photo of that one tomorrow. Lovely color combination. I dyed more of the cranberry using Sweet's last fleece. It is silky and soft and the nicest of the white kid mohair sheared this spring that I have washed. Can't wait to spin that up!
I took a lot of pictures of Kristie and Abe in attempts to get a really good one for their engagement photo. We all liked this one the best. They are doing it in black and white. The colored one that we liked the most was oriented as a landscape and they wanted a portrait style. The first batch of photos had a very intense blue sky and the blossoms on the chollas were really vibrant. The next day, the flowers had already shrivelled up and the sky was white. Someone said that there is a lot of smoke in the air from a local fire. Either way, the sky was dulled out. The black and white photo looks really good. I am tempted to post one of them with goofy faces, there were a lot of those kind of pictures mixed in!
I milked Holly, went inside to eat dinner and went back out at 9 - just now - and discovered that Onyx had just had a third baby. The last two are rams, which is OK. It explains why she was so huge and ate so much. The last two were really big and they seem to be healthy. Sheep are a lot less work than the angora goats. All of them have had their babies up and on them with no help from me. Sure is nice to just be an observer! Now I just have one sheep to worry about and she is a ways out. You can tell which were the last two born, but you might not want to look too closely!
Monday, May 5, 2008
This is Habanera. She is also for sale. She is three years old and has given birth all by herself each year. I have chosen to keep her doe, so I can see what happens down the line in crossing with No Size.
This is one of the black bucks. Since I have several and can't keep them all, you get to take your pick.
This is a sample of the goats that came out of No Size. This is the Texas doe's buck. This one is pretty friendly, since I had to help him get on mom for his first few drinks.
There are several red yearlings available as well.
Last Thursday, some students from TUSD came out to felt. Some chose to do landscapes, while others chose to do bags. They all turned out really well. They will be back to knit this week. The ones who made bags will be making straps for them, while the others will be making scarves.