A post….finally

I was looking at the blog the other day, and I realized it has been four months since our last post. Four months! Because of the limited light of winter and my job, I have not gotten out very much and taken any pictures lately. But really, I guess I am just making excuses.

The farm feels very still right now…peaceful. Probably the one thing that I really like about winter. I won’t to go through the detail’s of doing chores in cold, bitter weather, slogging though snow, because really, who likes to hear about that. Instead I will give you a beautiful promise of spring and new life.

Last spring I was wandering the pastures and discovered that one of our Shetland ewes (Josephina) was giving birth, and I was able to capture some of it on video. I hope it brings warmth and color to these cold, blank and sometimes dismal days of winter.

This all happened in about ten minutes. Enjoy :)

Introductions

So I think it is high time you meet the newest addition to our family, Miss Clara Rose Nowakowski.img_8151_001I just may be a little biased, but isn’t she the cutest niece ever?!

The other week we decided that it’s always good to start them young, so we took her on a walk to introduce her to the sheep.img_8173_001

Uhh…Grandma?…the sun is in my eyes.img_8164_001img_8185_001img_8192_001The sky was majestic that evening.img_8202_001img_8216_001img_8236_001img_8237_001“Clara meet sheepees…sheepees meet Clara.”img_8255_001img_8272_001Just look at that face :), a future shepherdess!img_8281_001img_8286_001I can tell already…they are going to be buddies.img_8277_001

The Newest Fiber Contributors

Meet Hermione (back) and Sabrina (front).img_6028_001These are female German Satin cross Angora rabbits that we acquired at the Great Lakes Fiber Festival in Wooster. They were a spontaneous irresistible purchase!img_6023_001The German Angoras are known for having non-matting wool, making them easier to care for.img_6567_001The Satin Angoras are known for having deeper color and a higher luster to their wool. The fiber is also said to be stronger for spinning although a little more slippery because of the silky texture. They also don’t have all the wool growth around the face, making them easier to care for.img_6590_001The combination of the two breeds should make for a nice fiber animal.

Spring’s Promise

The garden is really never more beautiful than in the spring. Vegetables all in their nice little rows; fresh, tender, green and mulched. Those young plants holding so much promise for the coming summer months. Months of endless weeding in hot, muggy, sticky weather, with a garden growing erratically out of control!! a bountiful harvest to fill our freezer and shelves with lots of food for the coming winter months.img_5919_001img_5770_001img_5890_001img_5898_001This year for Mom’s birthday Matthew made some wooden tomato cages.img_5901_001img_5762_001img_5907_001img_5911_001img_5914_001

We bought six more blueberry plants to finish our collection. (Though I think we all ended up agreeing that we would really like even more. We love our blueberries! )img_5928_001img_5938_001Soon….very soon….img_5939_001The locust trees are now in full bloom. When the sun is out the trees literally hum.img_5960_001A lovely white carpet.img_5956_001We were very blessed this year that even though we had lost almost eight hives over a period of two years, the one hive that did make it through the winter did really well, and we where able to split it into three hives.img_5945_001

Sweet Little Lambs

These pictures are a few weeks old now, but I thought they were adorable, and I wanted to share them :) may_7_2_018_001may_7_2_102_001may_7_2_107_001may_7_2_113_001Though I do love the awkward, gangliness of the Blue-faced lambs with their dumbo ears…I think I still prefer the sturdy, compact, little bodies of the Shetlands with their precious, little noses.may_7_2_116_001may_7_2_153_001may_7_2_157_001may_7_2_165_001