Spring is such a full time on the farm. It is the season for hatching, brooding, seed starting, garden prep, shearing, lambing, milking, kidding, vaccinating, de-worming, and spring cleaning. It is a time that to me feels invigorating and productive. I am ready to shake off the sleepiness of a long dark winter and get out in the sun and fresh air and work hard. Our bodies are already in the spring sore phase as we have been out working on the garden and shearing. But it is a good feeling of sore. A strengthening of our muscles for the upcoming summer and fall seasons, which are very physically taxing seasons.
Spring also means crazy weather. We have some days that are sunny and 60F, and then the next day we will have a foot of heavy, wet snow and be in the teens at night.
We finished shearing and preparing the fleece for processing. We have re-jacketed Fergus and Fiona, but haven’t gotten to Rose quite yet. We will remove the ewes jackets before lambing. We don’t want the jackets in the way of the lambs nursing and such. During shearing it was very clear that the girls are indeed pregnant. We are looking forward to the arrival of adorable lambs at the end of May. Meanwhile, it is time to switch their feeding program to help their bodies during the end of pregnancy, and to vaccinate them.
Pansy has continued to settle in with the farm. Her milk production has stabilized as high as I think it will get for us this year. The stress of the move definitely decreased it. But we are happy to have some fresh goats’ milk at our farm again.
I finished my lace shawl! It is very exciting because this is my first lace project, and because it has been sitting on the needles for a year now constantly being put off for more imminent projects. The yarn is oh-so-soft and lovely.
Little Miss and Sunshine are constantly making as many projects as I do, but I don’t often get around to photographing them and putting them on the blog. I am trying to change that and include more of their beautiful work too.
Little Miss loves to draw and color, so this week she made herself this cute roll-up case to hold her colored pencils.
Sunshine is really enjoying quilting more and more these days. Right now she is working on a table runner that has sunflowers on it (her favorite flower). She has one of the squares completed so far.