Another beautiful summer week in the Rockies! We have had highs in the 80s F and lows in the 50s with a lot of afternoon rain showers. It has been lovely weather.
I finally finished Mr. Smiles’ sweater! I am very happy with how it turned out and can’t wait until he is big enough to wear it!
The pattern was Design B by Sirdar Spinning and the yarn was Knit Picks Swish DK in the color Squirrel Heather.
After that long project, that dragged on for months, I am in need of something fast, so I have started some simple socks using a self striping yarn. I find that stripes always seem to make a project go faster because you are anxious to get to the next stripe color.
The sheep are all doing well. We have been given watermelon rinds for them several times a week this summer and they absolutely love them. Agnes’ face is even stained pink! Here is Toffee enjoying a rind:
We had a Winnie-the-Pooh sort of incident with the sheep. We have a creep feeder for the lambs. It is one of the birthing stalls that we secured the door open just enough that the lambs can get in but not the ewes. That way we can feed the lambs extra grain and alfalfa so they can grow well without the ewes eating it and getting fat. Late last night, as we were getting ready to go to sleep, we heard a sheep distress call over and over again. The guardian dogs were not barking, just the sheep calling. It was really strange, so Mtn Man immediately went out to the barn to see what was going on. What he found was hilarious. Our biggest lamb, Daffodil, who barely fits through the creep feeder door anymore, had gone into the creep feeder to eat and had eaten so much that her belly was too big for her to get back out! Just like the Winnie-the-Pooh books our kids love, where Pooh is stuck in Rabbit’s doorway. Mtn Man helped her get back to the flock and it gave us all a good laugh.
Eve hatched out three chicks from the hatching eggs we bought her. They are each different color and oh-so-cute with their mama.
We had a chicken accidental death this week. I will discuss the details in an upcoming post. It was my favorite of all the chickens, Amber, my only breeding Red Chantecler, which was such a bummer. Now if I want to breed Reds I need to think about ordering some more chicks next year.
The garden continues to grow and produce beautifully. We have finished harvesting all the cabbage for this year, with a total of 33.5 lbs! That is about ten times what we have gotten in the past (yes, we have only gotten a few very small cabbages in the past), so we are very excited about it. And usually we don’t harvest cabbage until September. I think the tents we put them in definitely helped.
We made a big batch of sauerkraut and put it in the 3-gallon crock to ferment.
In about 3 weeks the sauerkraut will be ready to eat.
We also made some delicious, fresh, coleslaw. We are all definitely enjoying all the yummy cabbage right from the garden. And they are so much sweeter than store-bought.