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It has been another rough winter on the farm. Many of my four legged kids are getting long in the tooth including me. The month of February and March were very cold with a lot of snow and ice. The youngest sheep just turned 7 while the oldest is now 16. Arbee, Melissa’s horse will be 33 years old in May and fat Max, the donk will be 13. However, the weather is turning warmer, the pastures are getting green and lush with spring grass. Our spring shearing is scheduled for next week and hoping the weather will be sunny. Life is good. Hope you enjoy the short video of a snowy day on the farm.
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The story began in the fall of 2010 when I was looking to buy an older and seasoned trail horse. A friend of mine had just purchased a little horse from Camelot. I like the idea of adopting rescues. We … Continue reading
I recently purchased a GoPro Hero 4 Camera to use along side my other cameras. It’s fun and adds a different element to my photography. I hope you enjoy this short video of me and my horse Budddy riding a cloeverleaf pattern over a series of poles on the ground.
I recently moved my horse Buddy to a small farm close to home. He is quite happy and content. He is back together with his big brother Travis, a 17 hand Dutch Warm Blood.
Here is a short video clip of me and Buddy working together in the ring. I also just got a GoPro camera which I am trying out for the first time.
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It’s been a while since I’ve posted anything but we’re still kicking. It’s been a long cold and snowy winter. There are signs of spring and the snow is finally melting. Best of all we have confirmed April 19 for … Continue reading
I had the pleasure today to meet Alexandra Munmun Oliphant O’Neill and her horse Benji. We met through Facebook after learning we both adopted our horses from Lisa Post of Helping Hearts Equine Rescue. She lives in Manhattan and takes the bus to Elite Equine Group in Ringwood, NJ where she keeps her horse Benji.
The photographs are of Mun and Benji along with two other riders. All the people I met at Elite Equine Group were professional and friendly. The horses are happy and the grounds are well-kept. It was a perfect day.
I hope you enjoy the photographs as much as I had taking them.
So many things have happened in the last month on the farm. First the sheep were shorn a few weeks ago without too much fanfare. I can get used to it. No sheep escaped and no one got hurt or cut, sheep nor human. I had some great folks who come every year to help. Paul and Liz always help me sort the sheep and help our shearer, Tom move the sheep efficiently. My friends from the spinning guild did such a fabulous job skirted the fleeces they are show ready!
Next was the annual visit from my friends at Fiber Craft Studio. For the last three years Fiber Craft Studio have selected my fleeces for their teaching program. Their specialty is teaching people about fiber and how it connects us to our world. They hold an open house the first weekend in June. Be sure to check out their website for more information. I took some photos of their work which is exquisite.
Last we had our second sheep to shawl fund-raiser at the Leigh Valley Zoo. Once again we used Jacob fleeces from my sheep. It is always a fun time to spin with friends and watching the shawl grow from roving to a finished garment in a matter of hours. It’s like a tiny a miracle! I finally got to see some of the animals including the African Penguins and the river otter.
Better run since I am getting ready for the Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival next weekend. Stop and stay hello if you are going. I will be at the Jacob Sheep Conservancy Booth in Barn 4 all weekend.
May the fleece be with you!
It’s that time of year again when the sheep will be getting their annual hair cut. Shearing Day is set for March 30, 2013. Our favorite shearer Tom Horton will be back again to work his magic. As always friends and visitors are welcome but call ahead or email me to let me know if you want to attend. Space is limited.
We can always use help moving sheep and skirting fleeces. Of course, there will be fleeces for sale.
Thanks and hope to see you in March!