Friday, August 15, 2014

Saturday, August 02, 2014


I have been MIA here on the blog. Face Book is easier when all I have to do is click share.

Life, and work, have finally slowed down for us. We still have a ewe lamb and a ram lamb that would love to go to another farm as a breeding, or pet, pair. She is 1/2 Jacob and 1/2 Horned Dorset, and pure white. He is 1/2 Dorset and the other 1/2 is mostly Dorset with a tiny bit of Jacob/Border Leicester thrown in 3 generations previously. He is black, and not neutered at this time. $200 for the pair.

We had 2 tiny chicks born to the broody hen. I finally gave in and let us have a dozen eggs. 4 hatched, 2 died, and the rest of the eggs she rolled out of her nest....Brat! The 2 surviving chicks are doing well and growing quickly. Although, I think 1 is a rooster.

Fleeces are growing back in nicely. I need to set up the sewing machine and fixed sheep coats to keep them all clean. So far, so good. But they are out on pasture and getting their round bales in a big square feeder. It seems to be helping keeping the fleeces clean.

I need to get out to the garage and get fleeces photographed and on the web. I've been spending all of my free time from work inside dyeing yarn, unpacking boxes and repacking boxes. I am hoping to have the farm on the market by September 1st. So, anything unnecessary at this time needs to be packed up. We also have walls to paint, trim to put up inside and out that needs to be painted, and the barn and chicken house need to be painted.

I am so looking forward to my sister and brother-in-law spending most of August and September with us!! He can paint and help with trim, and maybe motivate my husband, whereas my sister will help with cleaning, packing and staging. So much to do. Lots of little jobs. Mainly finish work which hubby does not care for. My sister, brother-in-law, daughter and nephews help with the finish work on the last house we built. I thold him he does not have to build another house. Maybe take down some walls, or put some up.

August 22nd we leave here for my daughter's in Connecticut. From there we are driving to Harrodsburg, KY to look at a farm. We will then go check into our hotel by 3. We go back to Harrodsburg to look at 3 other farms on Sunday. Monday we will see 3 farms with 2 different realtors. Tuesday, I know of one farm in Berry, KY. She is going to line up some more for us. We will leave KY  Wednesday morning for CT, and then NH. Back to work Thursday. Or we leave Tuesday after we see the last farm and take turns sleeping, getting back into NH Wednesday night. It is going to be busy, that is for sure. I am hoping to find a farm that speaks to us this time. Not like 3 years ago when we went to WV, TN and NC and found only one that we liked. But, it was too farm south and too far off the beaten path for a shop. And, in KY there are plenty of Food Lion grocery stores near all of the farms we will look at. Food Lion is owned by Hannaford Bros. Jerry works for Hannaford, 35 years in, and can transfer to a Food Lion. I guess sometimes it pays to be working for a chain...

Between my sister and brother-in-law living here, and my sister-in-law & nephews covering when they are not, we can enjoy our trip south with my daughter and her husband!

I am just so excited about the possibility of a new adventure!! We've lived here since January 2000. We have simply outgrown this farm! I am looking forward to being as self sustainable as possible. If I have my way, I'll only come off farm once a month to do my bulk buying of 'stuff' we won't be growing ourselves, like toilet paper and flour. (I know I could grind my own flour, but I won't be growing wheat...) I am hoping to have bigger gardens, at least one cow (for milk and butter) and a bull (for making calves to raise into freezer steer),  a pig or two a year, chickens for eggs, maybe a few birds for meat, and sheep for meat and wool. I am looking forward to having a shop!!! And, having only what I am working on to be in the house.

I am off to get something done around here. If you want to know on a more regular basis what is going on with Ewe & I Farm and it inhabitants, check out our Face Book page!


Sunday, June 22, 2014

Thank you Valery!!

Thanks to my daughter, I can now post pictures from the tablet. Which means.....I hope to be posting fleeces for sale soon!! Just need shearing to end. ;)


Random farm pics

Would you believe that Maggie, who is looking at 
us from behind the gates, is 15 this year?!
She is our original Dorset X Romney and
is still incredibly soft. She will become yarn
in the next year, or so. Depends on $$...

Just some pictures from a day on. the farm..  And,, a couple of pictures of the llama that Jerry sheared  with her cria.

Sunday, June 01, 2014

On the farm, as of June 1st

As of June 1st, we had 32 living lambs 8 of which have gone to their new homes. 4 girls will stay for new breeders/fiber producers. 3 ram lambs will stay for the summer because of their small size. We lost 7 lambs due to various reasons and 1 prized ewe. ):

We brought home 4 piglets on the 1st, and Lillian (who was 30 days behind the rest of the ewes) gave birth to a ram lamb, 40 days behind the rest... The piglets escaped their enclosure while dinner was cooking. They happily ran around the yard, into the river with Jerry and I slogging thru knee high, gross water following them. The Lane River is still COLD!! They went under one hard wire fence, under the uncharged electric net back to their enclosure. Eventually they went back in, under the truck cap and hid. I am sure that they were as tired as we were.

Jerry has been all over the state of NH and into VT shearing. The bitter cold we had this winter backed up ALL of our customers. And then the rain came, which backed up even more. We have 52 gorgeous fleeces of our own. But, most were uncoated and got hay down their spines. So, that fleeces were all split. They will be washed and made into roving.

The chickens are producing up to 18 eggs a day with 24 hens. Some are so big they won't fit in a Jumbo box. Those stay here for baking.

And, we are both working at least 40 hours a week at our jobs... The Post Office finally hired a 3rd sub, first in 2 years, that looks like she will work out. Maybe I'll get a little more time off. Not this month though. The man I sub for is taking 3 straight weeks off. That is fine. I will be out of debt that much faster.

My sister and her husband have been in the States from Guam for 5 weeks before we got to see them. Between their schedule and ours, trying to connect has been crazy! We were hoping they were going to stay with us and help get the house ready to put on the market, but they are staying with his mother who is not young nor well. But, Lord willing!!, this house will be on the market by the time we, and my daughter & her husband, go look at farms the end of August. Now, to be home long enough to get something done!!

I am off to see if I can get something done on the farm. Have a great summer and I will be back when I can.

Pictures will follow when I have another minute to sit....


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