With everything going on I am trying to think of good things. I decided to do a post about Carrie and Reba. This morning they got to meet for the first time. When we got home last night it was after dark and I didn't want to disturb Carrie ... You know being in the family way and all... So I decided that this morning after chores I would introduce them. This is Reba waiting on her feed...
Isn't she tall ... She is even a bit taller then Carrie and Reba is younger then Carrie. Here they are together.
Carrie is the one in front. Look at the size difference. What about the Fleece? Well, I tried to get a photo of Reba's Fleece but she has been sheered so her fleece is short and it is hard to show it in a picture but I will give it a shot
This is Carrie's Fleece.
This is Reba's Fleece ... I know the picture doesn't show it the fleece is very nice.
Both Fleece arenice medium grade fleece and Dorset normally run from 26 to 32 micron count but we are going to turn it into some durible wool yarn and see what all of you make it into. Mom says it feels soft even though it isn't known as a luxury wool. She says hats and socks and a sweater to wear to the barn would all fit this wool.... We will see...
You know when it rains it pours. And that isn't just a saying in this case. First, the Storms missed us again but provided much needed rain to our area. On the other hand I have to tell you that there has been another who has passed from my life. This time it wasn't a lamb though. It was my Dad's Uncle. His Name was Shoat Webster and I think it is safe to say he was one Hell of a man. He was everything I want to be. A real Cowboy for one. This is taken from the ProRodeo Hall of Fame web site.
He lived his life not for glory and fame because Lord knows he would have had many a title if the Rodeo had come first in his life. Instead he lived it for his family and friends. He stood up for what was right and even when people didn't like what he said or how he said it, you can bet he never wavered in his beliefs and stood by them no matter what. I will continue to stive to be like him everyday. RIP Uncle Shoat ... We love you and will Miss you....
This news came as Mom and I traveled North into Missouri to get our newest addition to the Carrie Clothes line. Meet Reba ... (I know I didn't work hard on that name but no one really came up with a better one either)
All the way home She road like this ... She loved the counrty music and when the Song "Hey Pretty Girl" by Kip Moore came on she settled right down so we started calling her Pretty Girl ... We stopped off and at with Ms. Karen who is on Vaccation... Yes we invaded someone's Vaccation time ... LOL ... On the way home the Storms moved in and we had to drive through some scarey storms with Sirens going off in some of the towns either Just before we got there or just after we passed through them. God was looking out for us and we are very thankful to have made it home. When the storms started Reba laid down and slept in the hay we had for her in the bed of the truck. Here are some shots we took on the way home and after getting to the house and unloading her. I hope you enjoy them ...
The Sky After getting through the worst of the storms...
She has a boo boo on her knee from jumping out of the pen She was in waiting for me to get there to pick her up.... It is fine just scraped ... And look finally a sheep that makes Jethro look small ... They are the same age ... LOL
The cutest Blue Butt ever ... Yup she should be bred ...
So I tried to get a good picture to see what everyone thought ...
I know it isn't a very good shot is it ??? Okay I tired again ...
So the Question still stands ... Will she make it until September????
Also there is one opening in the Carrie Clothes line ... It is the Dorset Share that comes with a pattern, one dyed skein and a farm visit along with your share of the harvest made into yarn. If you are interested email me at email@example.com
So does anyone remember this post ... Click Me .... Well the time has come. I haven't heard anything on the grant I applied for but for the first time in months we have located a Dorset Ewe that is for sale. I really want her but the Mill bill is coming due in the next two months so all the money I have is earmarked for that and Mom and Dad will be making up the Difference as this is my inventory. That means this product isn't prepaid. As you know with inventory I have to pay the mill and then get my money back when the product sells. I am sure you all get the drift and know how this works.
What that also means is that if I want the new Dorset, I have to find another way to come up with the cash for her to grow my Carrie Clothes line. Well, That means I need to know how many of you would be 100% in if I post the shares. If I don't have enough investors we don't get this Ewe. There is one catch though. This Ewe is a bit higher as she is suppose to be BRED! That means she would be having a little one sometime in September. That also means that I might be able to take on a few more shareholders in the future because we will have 3 Dorsets if all goes well.
So with all this to think about please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org As soon as possible and let me know if you are interested in A Share of Carrie Clothes for 2014.
I am pretty sure that everyone knows just what was going on here on the farm today ... First, it is spring. Spring means spring cleaning. Spring cleaning around here means stuff like Mending fences, cleaning the water troths, Mowing the yard weedeating.... You get the drift.
Dad and I spent most the day fixing fence and clearing young trees for Mom. It took most of the day to get the fences done so while we were busy with that Mom cleaned all 7 water troths and then mowed and weedeated the yard. She also cleaned the inside pen out and did all the laundry but hey, she wouldn't me Mom if she didn't try to be an over achiever ... LOL
I did find some time to check out a possible source of another Dorset Ewe. But that was just something I did on my down time. As I type this I am waiting to hear ... I should know something this week.
So today was a much easier day then yesterday. It is also cold and rainy but we won't get into that. We were up early like normal. Mom cleaned a bit while I did all my other school lessons but Algebra. Then Mom and I sat down and worked together to help me get some of the concepts that I don't understand. Each Day for the next few weeks we plan on working on different concepts that I am having issues with.
After that Mom and I both took it easy. Mom actually took a nap but she said it made her more tired so she didn't have the energy to do much else. So we turned on the Show McLoed's Daughters on Roku and we "vegged" out for most of the afternoon.
I spent some time on the computer looking into growing our Carrie Clothes line. While I was digging up info I found two things of interest. First is a grant worth $500.00 to purchase a Dorset Ewe. I applied and we will see what happens. I also emailed the farm that bred and raised Carrie to see if they had any more Ewes for sale. I haven't herd (okay I know the word is Heard but I couldn't help it ... Sorry) back from them yet.
In my research I found out something that I wish I had found out a little bit before now... Okay, Yesterday would have been so much better then today. You see we keep all the sheep together when it isn't breeding season so after we sheared yesterday almost everything was turned out into the pasture. The only thing left up in the stalls is still waiting to birth or has issues. Now for the fun part. Did you know that there are some breeds of sheep that can breed out of season. Like the Alpacas some breeds of sheep can be bred anytime presented to a Ram. Did you know that Dorsets are just such a breed?? Me either. That explains Chief's behavior yesterday when we turned Carrie out. If I am not mistaken by fall Carrie may be throwing a Dorset/Southdown Cross.
Did I want a fall birthing season??? Well, I guess I have one now ....