Monday, September 12, 2016

It's about time for ..................................

an update.

Here are the Shetlands back in March waiting for their turn to meet the shearer.



After sharing fleeces with my helpers for their services that day and their purchasing
a couple more, sold some fleece, took some to the mill, and donated over 80 pounds to
Wool for Worthy Causes, I still had shelves full of fleece, I decided to venture into a new
endeavor and entered 7 fleeces in  the Monterey County Fair.


So pleased with the results when I opened the mail on Saturday.


Here is the comment sheet on Ebony's fleece


and Daphne's comment sheet


Can't wait now for next year's shearing

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Fire Season in CA is here

My neighbor called me Sunday afternoon about 4
and said her power was out and there was a fire on the mountain. 
You can just barely see the smoke and patch of burnt grass.
As you can see all the green grass is now brown and very dry.



it didn't take long for the wind to expand it's territory, fortunately
Cal Fire brings in Air support immediately here.  The Helicopters
are able to refill in the lake at the bottom of the mountain.


There were also 2 fixed wing planes too along with a spotter plane flying above.


so glad there is an orange grove between me and the mountain.


Great job by Cal Fire getting this under
control in 2 hours and staying overnight
watching for flare ups.

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

2016 Update


January 30th brought a lot of rain all at once but still not an end to the California drought



March was shearing time, fleece, lots and lots of fleece



Shearing staff taking a break


Not much time for the shearer to take a break


One of the three Finns getting sheared


and one lone Babydoll Southdown after shearing


if you look close in my weed patches you might find some flowers



Shetlands started lambing April 9th, here is Clara and her ram lamb.

This morning Ousto also lambed, two black ram lambs.


And waiting her turn is Ollie, hope there is a ewe lamb or two in there.



How green is my valley ...........




 


Hoping all my friends in Blog land are well and enjoying spring, for those areas making the news with still getting snow or hail the size of golf balls there is still some open space in California.

Saturday, October 31, 2015

Today is Hug A Sheep Day

 



 
Cookies?  Did you bring cookies?
 


 
They even like Wheat Thins Popped

Thursday, October 15, 2015

wow it's ben a year.

I am still here, still having computer issues, will try to use my tablet and do more posting. Until then enjoy one of my morning sunrises.



Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Everyone ready for Halloween?  Thanksgiving?  Christmas?  Time is flying by, time to finalize Shetland breeding groups, bring in another load of hay, find some motivation to get things done.  I have been needle felting, and made some orifice hooks for spinners out of wine corks and beads, now I need to find spinners that need orifice hooks, lol.

I didn't make it to the big Fresno Fair this year, missed my chance for a corn dog and other fair food.  Weather is finally cooling down into the 80's with even a 79 in the seven day forecast, now where have I stored my sweat shirts and cold weather clothes?  The big draft horse and equipment sale is coming up the end of this month, always a fun event.





 

Friday, August 29, 2014

what's up

August is almost over and boy oh boy I will not miss it when it's gone.  August 3rd, my cousin who was in the process of moving from California to Idaho came to spend one night enroute.  When he called and said he was about 2 hours away I decided ok, time to put clean cover on the sofa.  As I took the one off the sofa out to the washer (my laundry is out in a separate building) I walked down the three steps and went about 5ft and almost stepped on a coiled rattlesnake.  $@#;;&% ran back in the house found my shotgun, box of shells, loaded one shell and shot the snake from the deck.  As I watched to make sure I got the snake I see a second one come out from under the steps ....... that I had just gone up and down.  I quickly loaded another shell  and blew that sucker away too.  Both snakes were about 3 ft long one with 8 rattles the other had 9. 

My one night visit with my cousin lasted 5 days, he had kidney stone surgery two weeks before traveling.  Ended up taking him to Urgent Care Facility and getting him some antibiotics.  Would have been a nice visit if either one of is was feeling well.  He is going to be 85 this year and since Idaho is a ways away don't know when we will see each other again.

I had my kidney stone surgery on Monday, feeling much better, just waiting to get off antibiotics tomorrow so hopefully I will have an appetite and food will taste good.  Haven't been to fiber group get togethers in over a month, hoping to feel up to going on Sunday.

Come on Fall ...... I seriously need some rain.