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Change is in the air…

Fall is upon us here in upstate NY and with that the rush to get everything prepared for winter.  The girls will need to be sheared next month along with trimming their feet.  This will also mean I will have five more fleeces to take to the fiber mill to be made into yarn.  We have made a nice area on the hill to allow the sheep to winter closer to the house to make chores easier in the winter.  The new chickens are integrating nicely with the adult hens and everyone is getting along nicely.  I am hoping to get in some nice knitting time on my porch while I watch the leaves change this fall.

Naked Sheep!

Over the weekend we got so much accomplished to finish up before winter comes.  It happened that a warm front is passing through so we were thinking about the coming winter on an almost 80 degree day.  Sunday morning we woke up early and got Lola pig into her travel box to take her to the butcher on Monday morning.  We chose to do this early so that not only would my Mom and I have Jeff’s help but if anything went wrong it wouldn’t be 6:30 in the morning and dark on the morning we were supposed to be dropping them off.  Luckily Lola pig with a little encouragement from Jeff got into her box and seemed pretty comfy in her thickly bedded house for the night.
The next thing we did yesterday was to get the three wooly sheep sheared.  A good friend of ours came over to shear the sheep for us which was a huge help.  I was so surprised by how heavy the individual fleeces were!  Originally we had planned to shear the woolies in the pasture and use the electric outlet from the truck, well that didn’t work out.  This progressed to driving the sheep one by one over to the horse barn to use that electric (Luna was not pleased).  We got The Little Buffalo sheared easily then it was Luna’s turn.  For some reason her fleece did not agree with the shears so we had to take an intermission halfway through shearing Luna to go to Tractor Supply to get a new blade.  In the end all three Longwools got sheared (my Purl was an angel of course).  Purdy wasn’t initially certain we returned the same three sheep to her that we had taken but eventually she realized they did in fact belong to her.

My Mom made a wonderful pecan pie yesterday that was amazing!  Later this week we will finish the chicken and rabbit shelter and then we should be pretty well set for winter to come.  Soon it will be time to start thinking about what the planes for next year will be.  I am already starting to think about what seeds I want to order for my garden next year!