Sunday, December 25, 2011

Merry Christmas to all from our farm to you!

Ewe & I Farm wishes you all a very Merry CHRISTmas!! And we thank all of our customers this past year. Next year we want to support the Heifer Project again. We are thinking about how to do that and to get our customers involved. Stay tuned... www.heifer.org    To give a sheep it is $120, page below.

 https://secure1.heifer.org/gift-catalog/sheep.html/?msource=kwgb3&gclid=CN26kNrYna0CFUio4AodNAKRGg
These pictures were taken a couple of days ago when it was 48 degrees. Therefore there is mud. The next day it was 33 and snowing. This morning it was 7 degrees and the snow is simply icy.
I am building a movable greenhouse on our deck. It will stay there until I make a spot in the garden for it. I am hoping to start at least lettuces and peas early this spring. And maybe tomatoes all summer long. We will see. The company I ordered my clear panels from missed up my order and did not deliver it on Friday. Maybe Tuesday or Wednesday. )o:   I wanted it done before my daughter got here last night, but it was not meant to be. I hope to finish it and get it enclosed on Wednesday. We are using recycled storm windows from a friends father and heavy duty plastic. All windows would be nice. Sometime...
I will have to post a request on Freecycle.

Shearing will start in 2-3 weeks. Lambing will start January 27th to February 20. As you can see from the pictures, most of the sheep are covered. Some of the sheep are test driving Rocky Mountain sheep covers. I think these ROCK! Much better than the Matilda covers that we were dealers for. As we can afford it, we will switch over. http://www.rockysheep.com/sheepcover/ Those are the green coats.



Victoria should be giving us twins.

 








The greenhouse to be




Bardo and 2 of his girls

Madame dirty nose.


Friday, December 09, 2011

Thursday, December 08, 2011

2012 NH Sheep & Wool Festival


Yes, the festival is moving to Deerfield, NH.
Yes, I've been fired as the vendor contact, via a message on my answering machine.
I was fired by the committee, who decided there needed to be a vendor committee. Right now that is a mother and daughter team. I feel for them. It is a hard enough job without a whole new venue on top of it all. And without all the information that Shari and I have had. But, I am helping when I can.
Yes, I am fine. I am looking forward to being 'just' a vendor.
No, I have no real answers about anything.

This is the email I sent our vendors. I just want to show I have absolutely nothing to hide!!

Good day all!!






Some of you have heard the news, but for the rest of you that I've not seen in the past couple of weeks here goes.


#1-I've been fired as your vendor contact person via a message on my answering machine.


Jeff Jordan, the NHSWGA and the NH Sheep & Wool Festival president, called and left a message on my machine as follows- '...the festival committee has decided to go with a committee for the vendors this coming year...' (I know WHO fired me, and the petty reason behind it, but I am looking forward to being ONLY a vendor after 8+ years of working directly with all of you!!)


And your new contact person is Joan Chapin - 603-755-3825 or stillmeadowjoan@gmail.com






#2-We are moving to Deerfield! I was told Saturday that it was voted on, and got an email today confirming it.


34 Stage Road


Deerfield, NH 03037-1607


http://www.deerfieldfair.com/






Since I know no more than any of this, I suggest you contact Joan Chapin, or the NHSWGA's president or vice president. http://www.nhswga.com/nhswga-contacts






See you in 2012.






Cindy Yeager


Ewe & I Farm


Sutton Mills, NH






By the way, Shari Mead and I thank you from the bottom of our hearts for all of your help and cooperation in the past years.
So. That is all I have to say about this.

See you in Deerfield!

Tuesday, December 06, 2011

Our newest item. Wet felted wool pads.

Instead of taking up picture space, I will just send you here. You can either purchase it through Etsy, or email me and go direct.

http://www.etsy.com/listing/87713983/wet-felted-wool-pads
I have finally finished with all of the fleeces!! Yeah! Now to find the scale...

It is raining today, so after a few errands I will spend the day downstairs in the 'shop/mill'. More to come later... (o;

Thursday, December 01, 2011

Happy December 1st

This is the view from my bedroom at 7am this morning.
I so love living in the country. I laid in bed for the longest time just watching this cloud change.

It is 32 and the wind is blowing like a banshee. It is supposed to get up to 40 with light and variable winds... At least I can finish getting the yard ready for winter and the last of the fleeces taken care of.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Don't forget to come visit us this Saturday, December 3rd, from 9-2 at the Wilmot Community Association building for the annual Holiday Craft Fair. We will be selling our hand knit wearables as well as our newest line, 36X48" felt pads. AnnieM Creations will be selling her jewelry and her hand knits alongside us again this year.

64 Village Road, Wilmot NH 03287



And next week anything unsold will either be posted on the fleece page or on my Etsy site.
http://eweifarmfleece.blogspot.com/
http://www.etsy.com/shop/eweandifarm

Friday, November 25, 2011

Yes, the garage does exist

As the Jeep had to be worked on NOW...the last dozen or so fleeces went out behind the horse trailer.
Here is one of those fleeces being re-skirted. As you can see I don't take off much the 2nd time.

 The chickens are happy to see the garage open.
 Other than 4 fleeces waiting there turn for the washing machine, it is a fleece free zone.
Right after the car went in, it went up on the jacks.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving from our farm to all!!

Jerry and I are celebrating Thanksgiving alone, but yet we are not alone. Our Lord and Savior is always here with us. We have our 28 sheep and Dolores & Lizzie (the visiting sheep), and 60 sheep to keep us company. And our 3 cats most likely won't be going outside as we still have 6" of snowball type snow on the ground. As it was, none of the chickens came out of the 2 barns yesterday. I don't anticipate them coming out today though.

I am so thankful for so much in our lives. Our farm is most thankful for all our customers this past year, and the rest of the year to come. Our animals food/hay is paid by our/their customers. Lambs and wool pay for hay, eggs pay for grain for the entire farm. So, THANK YOU TO ALL OUR CUSTOMERS!
YOU ROCK!!

I plan to spend some of my day playing in fleece. Other than spending it with hubby &/or daughter, this is my 'happy time'. I hope to get more pictures taken and posted on the fleece page.

Off to have breakfast, go take care of our animals, and another farm's animals and then come home to play.

We will see my daughter and her husband Saturday & Sunday for lamb kabobs and then turkey the next day. Then will leave full, as usual, with leftovers to be sure.

TTFN.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Snowed and sleeted in

It snowed snowball type snow, and now it is raining and sleeting. I plowed a bit of the driveway. Just enough for the neighbors to get in and out, the mail lady to deliver my mail and for any egg customers to get to the fridge. There are 9 dozen in the fridge and another 15 dozen in the cooler downstairs.

Taking the time to clean the guest bedroom, and finding some nice washed fleeces. I know at least 2 are Maggie's fleeces. She is my first Dorset/Romney cross. At 11 her fleece is still soft enough for baby things! Now that I can get to the Duncan Electric carding maching I will sample some of her fleece. I might offer some of it for sale, but I am not sure. It would go for $14/lb unwashed as it is a covered fleece....


And, I washed the natural colored Merino fleece yesterday. I am going to card some upstairs on the Duncan Electric, and I am going to spin some from the combs. We will see which I like better. Eventually it may go downstairs on the new carder.

Pygora fleeces were washed and dried this past couple of weeks. They are ready to go to Zeilinger's to be dehaired. When I have some money...

We have lots of yarn from both Green Mountain Spinnery (my Romneys) and from Friend's Folly Farm (Jacob) that needs to be skeined, washed and priced. Hopefully I can do that soon and get it all on the fleece blog, and maybe my Etsy shop,

We also have felted wool pads that need to be photographed and put on the blog. These pads are great for a number of purposes. My original use was in the recliner for that blank spot between your feet and the seat of the chair that gets cold in the winter. This keeps that area warm. You can also use it under your sheet between your shoulder and knees to keep your trunk warm in bed. The uses are endless. We are getting $50/sheet plus shipping. Any $100 order, or above, gets free shipping (up to 5#).

Back to cleaning and organizing and playing. TTFN.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Winter is on our doorstep

I am so happy my daughter is not coming home for Thanksgiving day. But, we will see her and Paul this weekend.

There is 1 active alert issued for Merrimack County
WINTER STORM WARNING IN EFFECT FROM MIDNIGHT TONIGHT TO 6 PM EST WEDNESDAY UNTIL 12:00PM EST Urgent - Winter Weather Message National Weather Service Gray ME 357 AM EST Tue Nov 22 2011 Interior York-Coastal Cumberland-Merrimack-Belknap-Strafford- Including The Cities Of, Sanford, Berwick, Portland, South Portland, Westbrook, Concord, Hooksett, Laconia, Meredith, Rochester, Dover , Winter Storm Warning In Effect From Midnight Tonight To 6 Pm Est Wednesday, The National Weather Service In Gray Has Issued A Winter Storm Warning For Heavy Snow, Which Is In Effect From Midnight Tonight To 6 PM EST Wednesday. * Locations, Interior York County Maine, Coastal Cumberland County Maine, As Well As Merrimack, Belknap, And Strafford Counties In New Hampshire. * Hazard Types, Heavy Snow And Sleet. * Accumulations, 6 To 10 Inches Of Snow. * Timing, Snow Will Begin Falling Not Too Long After Midnight Tonight, And Become Heavy Very Quickly. The Heaviest Snowfall Is Expected Late Tonight And Wednesday Morning. It Will Taper Off And End Late Wednesday Afternoon. The Snow Will Likely Mix Or Change Over To Sleet. Some Rain May Mix In As Well. * Impacts, Heavy Snow And Sleet Will Cause Treacherous Travel Conditions Due To Slippery Roadways And Significantly Reduced Visibilities. * Winds, Northeast 10 To 15 Mph With Gusts Up To 25 Mph. * Temperatures, Mainly In The 20s Tonight, Then Rising Into The Lower To Mid 30s Wednesday. * Visibilities, One Quarter Mile Or Less At Times. Precautionary/Preparedness Actions, A Winter Storm Warning For Heavy Snow Means Severe Winter Weather Conditions Are Expected Or Occurring. Significant Amounts Of Snow Are Forecast That Will Make Travel Dangerous. Only Travel In An Emergency. If You Must Travel, Keep An Extra Flashlight, Food, And Water In Your Vehicle In Case Of An Emergency.
 
 
 

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Trying to find the garage

Our garage has been overtaken with fleece this year.
It has just been easier to stack it in the garage with the promise, "I'll get to it tomorrow..."
This week, when I've not been working has been tomorrow.
I need to get the garage emptied so that he can get the Jeep in...
 So, the skirting table and the lights are set up in order to be out of the weather.
Fleeces are being reskirted and sorted. Some will be sold, some will be processed here on the farm, and some will go out to be processed into batts, felt pads, or yarn. Some are simply being pitched...
 These fleeces are done.
 Done! Ready for sale. Boxes are full also.

 From the outside looking in.
 Just a couple of fleeces...

 From the inside looking out...
A navajo churro waiting its turn.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Introducing Jack Black and Earl(ine) Gray


I am not enjoying Blogger these days. I download the pictures in order and they still get messed up...




Anyhow...we lost our Maxmillian to a critter, and since we
have so many mice and what not, we decided we needed a
couple of kittens. Psycho is 9 and not a mouser. She will
play with them, but not kill. So we got 2 'male' kittens. Earl is
actually Earline, but she doesn't know that. There have already
been 2 mice in the house, and she is going to be head mouser.
I think Jack will be an adorable lap cat. Someones got to do it.

Now that I am stuck, she thinks it is fun to beat on me...
I am falling and I get get up!!
  



Is anyone watching me?


(part 2 is below...) 
Help! I am stuck in the couch!!



Do we want to go out there?
See 9 yr old Psycho with the kittens?


I am going to get you chicken!

The kittens spend a lot of time in front of the sliding glass
door watching the chickens. Earl can't really be bothered, but
Jack likes to act big and tough. He pounces and then falls down.
If he were actually outside, the chicken would enjoy his tummy.





I am going to get you yarn!


Donna Herrick at This and That Farm

After we picked up the carder, we followed Donna Herrick to her farm. http://www.thisandthatfarm.com/
She raises Cormo and Cormo/Romney sheep. Like us, she coats her sheep. And like us, she is switching over to the Rockey Mountain coats. http://www.rockysheep.com/sheepcover/ (When we have extra money, we will order more...)
Below is a sampling of her fleeces. For more information about any particular fleece, or any other product she carries, contact her directly. Her website is above and her business card is at the bottom of this post. I do believe I am going to reserve a white Cormo for myself!


Only in VT would you see marble used to repair damage from Hurricane Irene.
Here in NH we use granite.















See the difference in the wool that coating sheep makes!







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