LambCam LIVE Chat February 27, 2016 at 8 p.m. Eastern Time
So many comings and goings and happy and sad and busy and busy times of late. I’m trying like heck to stay on top of correspondence, on top of production with our farm’s goods and take good care of the animals. There are many irons in the fire. There are events coming, soon, and coming, a little farther off. And bam, it’ll be Christmas again. So maybe I’ll send those cards I’ve been meaning to send from two whole months ago and be ahead of the game for this year? They’re in a pile in the front hallway, actually stamped and everything…
New weather has replaced old weather. Bitter cold seems to be in the recent past and milder temps are lined up for this week. I like that a lot. Being out in the barn when it’s below zero is fine if you’re moving around, but if you’re still, and you’re waiting for a ewe to push a lamb. Or you’re still, and you’re waiting for a ewe that is suffering a bruised and battered body to show signs of improvement. Or if you’re still, just sitting with the flocks. That is when you feel it. So I’m happy for the freezing and above freezing temps to replace the other.
Other subtle and not so subtle changes:
The Boy Band has evening disco parties these days. Running and rolicking, popcorn-popping-hopping events where they buck and jump and scramble like the dickens all over the pasture. Vaulting over the rocks and back-flipping, hand-springing, cycling, circling frenzied races. This is the type of thing that happens when the days are a bit longer and the air is softer.
Two pairs of bluebirds in the treetops. Flitting and singing.
The poultry spreading out – picking and pecking, laa-dee-dah-ing here and there. Scritch, scritch, scratching through the forest leaves. Running around the paddocks and pastures where they don’t usually venture in the winter. Peacock displays daily, full and fluttery.
Ruts in the road.
Frozen buckets that can be broken up in the morning and replenished without requiring an ice pick or tremendous amounts of manual labor.
The Muppets making their way out from under the runout eaves to the pasture attached so that they can eat hay out in the open and watch comings and goings. I love that. That’s a sign.
New yarn arrived! It was unexpected and exciting to get an email from MJ over at Battenkill Fiber the other day to tell me that the alpaca/mohair/shetland blend was ready for pickup. It’s always like a party when I get the word that our yarn is ready. Those pretty alpacas had their fiber cut last May, so I was very excited to see how MJ had spun it into gold.
When I announced that the yarn was ready on our social media, the folks were loving it and sending orders left and right, through the night. I stayed up late filling orders, labeling yarn, writing notes. Orders from Australia, orders from California, Washington state, Florida, Illinois, Maryland, West Virginia, Tokyo. Yes, just outside of Tokyo, Japan!
Do you know how rewarding it is to see your flocks’ fiber going out into the world such as that? It is a worthwhile endeavor to farm and then to see your product appreciated. Also, how wonderful that folks are willing to support small farm yarns.
It’s a long while before spring actually comes to southern Vermont and it’s another month and a half before lambs are due. There’ll be another LambCam LIVE Chat coming up this week, Saturday the 27th, at 8p.m.. I hope you’ll join us for this event, tune in and listen as I ‘broadcast’ from the stall where Iris, Latte, Hester, Peter Pan & Mister K hang out in the evenings and sometimes during the days. And the alpacas poke around, too. I’ll bring you up to speed on the latest in the paddock, from the stall, and I’ll share the schedule for lambing at Wing & A Prayer Farm in the near future. This month’s focus will be answering your questions, sharing your comments, an educational bit about lambing, upcoming farm scheduled activities and workshops, and Peter Pan’s bedtime story. Yes, you read that right. Peter Pan’s bedtime story.
And a very exciting sponsor that we are proud to share with you this month is Sonya Philip of One Hundred Acts of Sewing fame. A brilliant, talented artist that is coming to the farm in May, but in this week’s LambCam LIVE Chat, is donating a pattern of your choice, to a randomly chosen person, selected from the comments section of this post. We’ll draw the winner on Saturday night and announce it LIVE. So write us a question or comment on this post to be eligible, before 7:30 p.m. on Saturday. (Eastern time)
P.S.: I’m celebrating my own birthday! And so you’re all invited to the online party, on the LambCam LIVE Chat at 8 p.m., Saturday night. 😀