Life is beginning to slow down a bit around the homestead, which is so nice and much-needed. We have sold off some of the extra stock, which decreases the work load, and the Mill is up and running now so the crazy-busy of getting the new business going is subsiding a bit.
When we first moved to WCF there was a big scrap wood pile here. Most of it was rotten and not usable, but there were a few “treasures” buried in it. One of which was some old shingles that I used to paint some old-farm-style signs to put up around the garden.
I am all for the worn-out old-time look, but over the years they have become so faded that it has passed that point. So we took them all down and I re-painted them. It is nice to have them back up and freshened up.
Sometimes my heritage arts projects never get photographed and thus don’t get shared. Here are some from the last couple months that I forgot to share.
I made Young Man some hunting gloves for his birthday. He specifically requested gloves with no tips on the pointer or thumb so he could keep his hands warm while hunting but still be able to safely load and shoot.
And for Easter I made the kids these cute little bunnies. They were super easy, actually just a knit square that you origami sew into a bunny. Their bodies were full of candy. The pattern was Easter Bunnies by Geraldine Allemand.
The sheep are doing well. We sold the bottle babies, so there are only two lambs in the barnyard right now with their mothers. Our last ewe due to lamb is still pregnant and has us wondering what is going on. She is ten days past her ultrasound due date estimate, which has not happened to us before. The ultrasound due date estimates have always been pretty darn spot on. But I guess it can’t always be right. She will lamb when she is ready. Meanwhile, we wait.
Toffee is very curious and friendly, always wanting to check everything out.
On my way outside I caught these two cuties cuddling. Sorry for the fence and poor photo quality, I knew once I approached they would get up and so I was attempting to get a photo before they did. This is Tundra, our wonderful old Livestock Guard Dog and Rose our little moorit lamb.
Now that the bottle lambs are gone we also sold one of the milk goats. We want to just keep one milk goat due to our limited space – since sheep and chickens are the main focus for our farm, but we like to have fresh raw milk. So we sold Heidi but still have Gretchen, since she is so old and the vet recommended she not be bred again we figured no one will want to buy her. She is super easy to milk, even though she doesn’t make as much as we would like for our family.
We will be getting a new replacement goat later this summer, a well-bred, high-quality registered Nubian doe that is lactating currently. She will produce enough milk to provide for our family without us needing to own more than one goat, and we have set up with her breeder to take her to the buck each fall for breeding.