Working bees – old friends and new friends sharing in chores and play.
Honey – honeybees – beekeeping – bees’ keeping.
Harvesting – dye garden, herb garden, vegetable garden. Daily calendula raids for healthy elixirs, herb wreaths, infusions and cocktails with Char. Tomatoes, beets, peppers, wildflowers. Dyeing with Goldenrod & Indigo, and the two of them together. Field trip to a favorite gardener’s gardens.
Yarn harvesting – back from the mill, coming soon from the mill – washing, rinsing, mordanting, dyeing, drying, washing, rinsing, drying, labeling, storing for the fall’s festivals.
Four wagon loads of baled, second cut hay – into our loft with strong, enthusiastic and giving farm helpers.
Working on our first pelt, Trevor’s pelt, in our own homemade tanning-endeavor. Maggie, Finn & me. Salt and tears. We’re learning a lot.
Saying goodbye to Martha, our sweet big Poll Dorset mama that had Michael & Moses some weeks ago. She went from bad to worse on a weekend and it was heartbreaking.
Bottle feeding babies – Michael & Moses weren’t taking very much, but at least some. Eating grain and hay, also, and growing well. Nearly weaned altogether and out in the big field with Auntie Melody and cousin Miriam and All The Single Ladies(and their babes.)
Shetland lambs arriving – Piegi & Penelope – wee ones that gave me a good run around on their first afternoon. Now in a stall with our Petunia who is not much older, settling in and making friends. They came from a farm in Massachusetts and are the ewe lambs of our Padmé, whom we’d sold back in the early part of 2017. They do not need to grow their flock and gave us right of first refusal. Of course we welcome the wee ones to our farm -it was like picking up grandchildren!
Grad-school settling in for Char.
(Fun fact: When Char was little, she wanted to homeschool her entire life, including college. Alas, we both wish she could have homeschooled college AND grad school, as the farm is her favorite place to be, and my favorite place to have her! But she is out there, in the world, learning loads of important non-farm related stuff. Sharing the love.)
Pie making – SO MANY PIES! There is a run on pies in the northeast this fall, that’s all I’ve got to say. I’ve been making 8 – 12 per day to stay caught up.
Calendar-making – each and every day full til the new year. How is that possible?
September 16 – Harvest Fiber Festival at Tangerini’s Spring Street Farm in Millis, MA – find me there selling yarn from 9:30a.m. – 3:00p.m.
September 16 – Squam Art Fair – Rockywold Deephaven Camps, Squam, NH – find me there, selling more from the farm, from 7:30 – 10:00 p.m.
September 30 & October 1 – Vermont Sheep & Wool Festival, Tunbridge, VT – 10 a.m on to 4:00 p.m. – the quintessential country fair with gorgeous foliage surrounding the fairgrounds- quiet, relaxing and inspiring.
Farm & Home Series: Fall Workshops at Wing & A Prayer Farm
This fall we’ll be hosting some wonderful learning gatherings covering sheep shearing to sourdough culture and all things in between. Join us for professional teachers & industry leaders on our working farm here in Vermont to build your skills, enjoy Farm-to-Table fare harvested from our farm or down the road, make new friends with good folk with shared interests, soak up the beauty of this pastoral setting while restoring your soul.
Check our Workshops Menu for details:
November 12 – Farm & Home: Beeswax & Stitches with Sugarhouse Workshop at Wing & A Prayer Farm – SAVE THE DATE, details to come