Monday, June 18, 2018

Moving Pastures

Wild Rose Farm Horned Ewe #134 & Twins
We're in the process of moving the sheep from the pasture nearest the barn over to the pasture connected to the Loafing Shed. We lamb close to the barn, but we've now rotated through all of the grazing in sections. We'll probably wean about half of the lambs later this week after the temperatures drop a little. We're having 2 or 3 days in the 90's and there's no sense in causing additional stress in that kind of heat. You can see by the picture above that the lambs are getting pretty big now!

Friday, June 8, 2018

Hay Season Returns!

Cool Overcast Day to Haul Hay
It's that time of year again when the fields are cut, raked, & baled into hay.  We've had some good weather between days with thunderstorms or days when thunderstorms threatened.  Local temperatures have already hit a high of 89 degrees & we've had the window air conditioners running ... then a day came along like is pictured above. We're wearing our sweatshirts and it's overcast and windy!
Wary Heifers & Steers ...
We were watched by a small group of young Holstein & dairy cross heifers & steers. They are pastured in the field surrounding the barn where the round bales are stored.
Here they are below on day two, out in the sunshine & cautiously approaching the truck, lol.
Looks Scary - Don't Get Too Close!

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Busy With Farm Projects!

Wild Rose Farm Sheep Grazing & Garage Project Excavation
After 27 years, we've finally gotten a garage project underway. The picture above was taken from the kitchen window. With the big pile of excavated soil, it felt like we had a view of the Rocky Mountains! The footer is being formed up today, the temps are going up to around 90 degrees, and it is humid.  The good news is that the room above the garage will be a space for fiber & yarn, plus the floor loom will reside there too!  Fiber is fluffy by nature and it now fills the better part of one bedroom with show set-up stuff & tents squirreled away elsewhere. It will be great to have it all in one spot with easy access and no staircase to negotiate - yay!
Yes - those are the ewes and lambs grazing in the background. They'll probably head for shade in the barn as it gets closer to noon ...
Snow White Enjoys Some Down Time In The Shade!
Here's a look at Snow White watching me skirt Dorset fleeces over the weekend on Saturday. She was relaxing in the barn away from the meddlesome lambs (!). She was the only one who chose to come in at the time. The Dorset fleeces went to a fiber festival in Wooster, Ohio on Sunday to be delivered to Zeilinger's Wool ... they will be custom processed into wool quilt batts.
We're down to only 1 queen & 1 full size quilt batt available for sale right now - yikes!

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Lambs Checking Things Out ...

Wild Rose Farm Lambs on Garden Site!
The funny thing about the picture above is that the ewes are all grazing, but the lambs seem to be captivated by the soil in the garden site. They are exploring everything and had just finished racing around when this picture was taken. Once the ground dries up a little, we'll get some seeds planted.
Everything falls behind when lambing starts and festival season is underway ...

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

2018 Waynesburg Sheep & Fiber Fest - Day Two

Ewe #129 Fleece - Flick Carded, Spun In The Grease, & Washed
Fleece Purchased Saturday - Sample Returned Sunday!
Wow - talk about fast turn around!  This Wild Rose Farm fleece was purchased on Saturday and the happy spinner returned on Sunday with this sample for me. See earlier posts for fleece pics. She said that she flick carded the wool, spun it in the grease - a first for her - and soaked it for 20 minutes to wash it. Just look at how fine it is!
I promised to pull the micron test for the fleeces that she bought, so that will be another day.
2018 Waynesburg Sheep & Fiber Fest - Best Fiber Booth 
The Crafty Alpaca of Avella, PA
2018 Waynesburg Sheep & Fiber Fest - Best Craft Booth
Boone Hollow Baskets of Waynesburg, PA
"Best Booth" ribbons are awarded to vendors who are judged anonymously for booth display, clear pricing & signage, and their ability to relate to customers. We had two great winners this year. Boone Hollow is a long time vendor with a great reputation for quality and The Crafty Alpaca is a first time vendor with a great selection and family/friends working together. Congratulations!
2018 Waynesburg Sheep & Fiber Fest - Fibernymph Dye Works
Finally, a bright jolt of yarn to enjoy!

Sunday, May 20, 2018

2018 Waynesburg Sheep & Fiber Fest - Day 1

2018 Waynesburg Sheep & Fiber Fest - Reserve Champion Fleece
Reflections at Roclans - Cormo Fleece
Wow, it was a day for fleeces! Wild Rose Farm sold out our fleeces by noon - yay!  The gorgeous Cormo fleece above is an example of one of the winning show fleeces entered by John & Kate Bostek.
Need a Yarn Bowl?
Ridgetop Pottery - 2018 Waynesburg Sheep & Fiber Fest
What a Fun Family Booth - The Crafty Alpaca
2018 Waynesburg Sheep & Fiber Fest
Lace Shawls by Holly Road Fiber Farm - Oh My!
2018 Waynesburg Sheep & Fiber Fest
Boone Hollow Baskets - Handcrafted in Greene County!
2018 Waynesburg Sheep & Fiber Fest
PhiFiber - See You On Sunday!
2018 Waynesburg Sheep & Fiber Fest
Aside from a drenching cloudburst around 2pm, the festival was bright & sunny with a light breeze & perfect temps!  Come join us at the festival today 10am - 4pm!
PS - no pictures of yarn here, but there are plenty of vendors with yarn & fibers of course!

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Fleeces For Waynesburg Part Two ...

Maybe My Fleece Will Be In A Show Sometime!
More fleece pictures, but first, here's a nice ewe lamb resting while the fleeces were being skirted in the barn ...
Wild Rose Farm Rambouillet Ewe #554 
Our Rambouillet ewe #554 is a 2 year old & is due to lamb "any day now". This is her second shearing. 
Wild Rose Farm Rambouillet Ewe #555
Ditto the above comments for our Rambouillet ewe #555 ... another fleece from a 2 year old ewe who is due to lamb "any day now", lol. The lighting was a little strange last night with overcast skies, so using the camera flash seemed to yellow out the picture.