Monthly Archives January 2014

Our Goat was Kidnapped!

Our Goat Was Kidnapped! If Gypsy, our dear Angora doe, could speak she’d have a heck of a tale to tell about the last 72 hours. First of all, Gyspy is okay. She was returned to the farm yesterday by two of the three people who had stolen her from our farm on Thursday night. Now, let me back up a bit. I had to be in Connecticut all day on Friday. Mid morning I received a call from my husband Mike. He and our farm assistant, discovered upon arriving for morning chores, our flock was minus one goat. Gypsy
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This is about Sheep Shares

There’s still time to join us for 2014! Sheep Shares is my farm’s yarn and fiber CSA. It’s a way for you, wherever you are, whatever you do, to participate in the life of a working sheep farm – and to receive in the course of a year two shares of either yarn or spinning fiber produced from the wool of my flock, delivered neatly to your doorstep. You need never set foot in the hayloft, skirt a fleece, nor lift a shovel. If you sign up, I promise the sheep and I will take care of the rest. I’m
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Passages

This is Cocoa, the oldest, dearest member of my flock. Cocoa is one of the pair of my very first sheep. My flock started with her.¬†Cocoa will be 17 in March which is very old for a sheep. She’s doing incredibly well, given her advanced age. I took this pic this morning after we fed her and bedded her pen. She and three other senior ewes live in our “Assisted Living” Barn. They get individual pans of grain and mushy alfalfa cubes soaked in warm water every morning. Winter is especially hard on old sheep. We do what we can
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Wild and Windy

The farm’s survived the wild and snowy night. By mid morning today we had patches of blue sky and everyone came outside to stand in the sun. But warmth – not so much. That didn’t stop me from taking a break mid chores to show the sheep how to make snow angels They were absolutely mystified, especially Sol, the llama – who doesn’t approve of any changes in routine. For a brutally windy night, the snow accumulation here wasn’t nearly as much as we had expected – maybe a foot. It’s hard to say, since we have so much drifting.
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