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Sunday, June 1, 2014

Taking the bait.

Carolyn over at Krazo Acres, has dared her readers (who are bloggers) to join her in posting a blog a day during the month of June.  Since I have been feeling a vague sense of slackness (and it has nothing to do with gravity or middle-aged-ness), I am seeing her challenge and raising her a pic a day!  So, if I bore you to tears by the end of the first week, we can blame it on Carolyn...all my bases are covered.,..

Today, the first day of June, is perfect.  It is picture perfect.  There is not a cloud in the sky, it's not too hot, the humidity is low, the biting insects haven't found me yet.  (JINXED)  After enjoying the ambiance of the last Firehouse Breakfast with my parents, sister, and great friends C and M, the family part of the group came back to the LLF to inspect my garden, scritch sheepies, admire the dogs, and sit on the deck under the lovely blue sky.  It was also an opportunity to commandeer my sister into helping me put my dining canopy together (on deep discount at our local feed/farm store).  This will allow me to enjoy my deck all summer.  It's fabulous!  My sister is a great one off of which to bounce ideas - she has much more focus.  We bantered for a while and I figured out how to anchor this baby down, so that it doesn't end up in the sheep paddock with the first gusty day.

After they left (all too soon), I cinched my belt, pulled up my BGPs and dragged out the collapsible table (another deep discount find).  I poured myself an hibiscus herbal iced tea and commenced to skirt the most recent fleeces (fleeci?).  Other than the amount of vegetable matter (I'd say a half-bale of hay), they were in pretty good shape.

Norman


Linden


Juno


The set-up

And, yes, that is an (air) rifle
in the far right corner.  Damn groundhogs.

I am in awe of the great amount of talent and knowledge that some of you have when it comes to all things fleece.  I am not in your class by a long shot.  I look at fleece and fiber like I look at art - I may not understand it, but I know what I like.  I am extremely fond of Juno's fleece - she's gone from solid black, to a wonderful blend of black, brown and grey.  And the lanolin!  A definite benefit from skirting three large, lanolin-y fleeces is a pair of soft hands.

Lots more went on this weekend, but I am going to stretch it out and squeeze every last bit of drama over the week.  And remember - if you're snoring in your tea whilst reading this blog by Friday, it's Carolyn's fault... :)

14 comments:

  1. Gorgeous wool! Clear and 75 today, perfect for all the yarden work I have!

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    1. Nancy - Isn't that the perfect weather? Hope you got everything done on your list!

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  2. i love anything to do with fiber arts i just wish i was better at it! enjoy the good weather, rain is on the way!

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    1. Jaz - We need rain - fingers crossed for tomorrow. I am diligent if not deft (or is that daft?) with the fiber arts. The only thing at which I am reasonably decent is knitting.

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  3. We've had cold, foggy, rainy weather for two days in a row now and although we really did need the moisture, my outside endeavors (getting the garden totally under control -- she laughs hysterically) have hit a drippy brick wall. Already I'm longing for sunshine. After our brutal winter and terrible (non-existent) spring I guess I've not yet had my quota of warmth and sun.

    I, too, succumbed to Crazy Carolyn's challenge and am going to try to do a post a day for the month of June. Just watch to see how I manage to do a post each day without saying one worthwhile thing. (So what's new, you ask?)

    P.S. I know not one single thing about fleeci. It's sad.

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    1. Mama Pea - The Universe is making you slow down - we don't want a relapse...and it's amazing how interesting even your mundane moments are to us!

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  4. Ooo, I like Linden's fleece! One day (you know, after all those other "one day" items) I'd love to learn how to make a pair of socks.....from sheep to slipper socks. Wouldn't that just be amazing!

    Oh, and thanks for taking the bait! Suppose I should go outside now to take some random pictures.

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  5. I'm headed down to peel off Sarai's and Bramble's fleeces, then hopefully skirt Marta's and Browning's fleeces that have been taking up room in my tack room. Yay for fiber play!

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  6. I can smell and feel those lovely fleeces all the way here in N. California! I just love spinning...it's about the only time I actually sit down and totally relax.

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  7. Wow, nice fleece. As for the blogging dare, I'll have to do some catching up to read it.

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  8. Your blog is NEVER boring! I'm a few years older than you, a few years behind you in the homesteading venture, but I'm retired, so I'm catching up fast. Now that I've got chickens down (mostly), friends are trying to get me to go for goats. I'd rather sheep since I am a knitter and I like the meat better. But I think I'll wait another season or two to get this NWGA gardening down first. Keep on keeping on, I'm enjoying your ride! Jan in NWGA

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  9. Carolyn - See how we listen to you? I bet you didn't know you had special powers... :)

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  10. Michelle - Of course, you are one of the Fiber Mavens to whom I was referring...you taught me about crimp! It's the only fiber term I've managed to learn...

    Lynda - Spinning is what I hope to learn this year, or at least get started on. I have plenty of raw material...

    Kristina - Thanks! I hope I can keep this up...

    Jan - Well, aren't you the sweetest thing?! I'm almost afraid to retire. Hey! I have some goats for you... :)

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  11. Wow, that is so cool. The things you can make with all that fleece :))))
    I joined the blog a day bandwagon too. I was going to take a break for the Summer but not now, lol!!!!!

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