Sunday, February 27, 2011

Sunset Sheep

Wild Rose Farm Ewe Lambs @ Afternoon Feeding
 The weather warmed up today and the forecast is for heavy rain overnight & into tomorrow at Wild Rose Farm.  Yuck.  We always prefer to have the sheep on frozen ground, preferably snow covered, in the winter.  They are quite warm enough in any weather and really won't come in to the barn.   The snow cover just keeps the fleeces cleaner and that's a good thing! 

Monday, February 21, 2011

Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow

WRF Casey Joenz
 Western PA & Wild Rose Farm have been suddenly blanketed with what looks to be 6" of snow.  It started at 3:00 PMish and just came down!  There are all kinds of traffic horror stories being told on the radio right now.  Some folks haven't made it home from work as of 10:00PM. 
Luckily, WRF left work early, headed for an appointment, & so made it home before it got bad, but the plows were already running.
I imagine that the ewes are all bedded down with a thick covering of snow on their backs ..... yes, they're well insulated and this doesn't bother them at all. 
Here's one of our black sheep before turning in for the evening! 

Saturday, February 12, 2011

A Bright Spot!

Michigan Fiber Farm!
Wild Rose Farm went to the Pittsburgh Knit & Crochet Festival today.  Part of our mission is to drop off the "Save The Date" cards for the Waynesburg Sheep & Fiber Fest.  Our real reason is to go, shop, and see what's out there for the fiber folks!   The show was really crowded this morning and it took about 15 minutes of cruising the hotel parking lot to find a space.  I met up with an old friend, Linda, and we took in the show together.  She had arrived early and had taken 2 classes.  I also ran into Susan, another farmer friend who lives out near WRF.  She had taken a triangle loom weaving class and was spotted leaving with a bag of fiber goodies!  She had the great good fortune to aquire a big "barn loom" that is going to be put back together one of these days .... can't wait to see it!
The yarns, accessories, fiber, books, etc. are really the cure for the winter blues if you need to get out .......
Needle Felted Jacket - Wow!

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Really Cold ...........

Ewe Lambs Coming to Feeder
At this time of year, Wild Rose Farm is really glad that we lamb in late April/early May.  Temps have been in the single digits the last few nights.   Brrrrrr.  The sheep are fine, but we're glad we aren't hauling water buckets to lambing pens now! 
This picture above was taken in the wooded area where we are clearing brush & cutting firewood.  It's one of many deer beds that I passed while walking around.  Most were like this one ..... back to a tree and looking down the slope.  Click on the picture to enlarge & you can see the "droppings" .....  we wouldn't make this up for our readers!  :)

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Festival FYI

A quick note for anyone in the Pittsburgh area or the I79 corridor ...... the Pittsburgh Knit & Crochet Festival  is next weekend!  It will be crowded & admission is charged, but it's worth a visit if you NEED yarn & accessories!   Have cell phone number in hand and planning to sync up with my old friend Linda somewhere in the crowd!