Sunday, May 12, 2013

Friday, May 10, 2013

Friday on the Farm~Upcoming Classes

We have gone from 80 degrees yesterday to the 40's this morning in Michigan. Brr. It is supposed to last through the weekend. I am not too upset as we have 2 alpacas and 6 pygora goats that need to be sheared and this will keep them cool until Sunday when we are able to get to it. I also have about 20 angora rabbits that I will be shearing starting next week as well. The bunnies just don't do well in the heat at all, plus that gives me more fiber to spin.

 School finishes here for us next week. I am so excited, it has been a LONG year. I am looking forward to some time to garden, knitting and spinning and enjoying summer with my kiddos. Eldest moves home from college next week and 2 yr old foster son is still here and probably will be for a while;) He is a sweet little boy that is growing by leaps and bounds. It is amazing what some nurturing will do for a child. He turns 2 at the end of this month and came to us 10 weeks ago with NO vocabulary. We were concerned there were some major issues, not so much anymore! This child has blossomed and has our 5 kids quite smitten with him and they have spoiled him rotten. It is so fun to see our older children enjoy him as much as we do. Our youngest is almost 12 and our oldest turns 20 this year (with a 17, 16 and 14 year old in the middle). Eek! So having a little one again is so much fun.

Angora felted earrings
I am planning three, possibly four classes here at the farm this summer too. The first one is June 29 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. It will be a drop spindle class. You will go home with your own drop spindle, fiber from the farm, the knowledge of how to do it, and a full belly (lunch is provided). The cost is $65 per person. If you are in the mid-Michigan area and would like to join us email me at to sign up. We will also have childcare available during this time if you would like to bring your kids to enjoy a morning at the farm (Hubby and daughters will be helping with this!) The second class is July 27 same time and place, but this one is "Natural Cleaning and Cosmetics" you can make at home. You will go home with a 5 gallon bucket of homemade laundry soap, a vitamin C face lotion, and homemade sunscreen, along with a few other recipes and ideas to tackle at home. The third class is August 24 here at the farm. This one is a felted earring class. You will learn how to make a pair of felted earrings from angora or pygora fiber here at the farm.

 The fourth class I am planning will be later this summer with the date to be announced. It is a natural plant dying class. You will learn to use plants and weeds to dye fiber and yarn! Stay tuned for the date!

Saturday, May 4, 2013

Friday on the Farm (a bit late)

I have an amazing Hubby.  He spoils me rotten.  I have a very long "Honey, I think we should do this list".  Sometimes he puts his foot down (like when I wanted to sell everything we had and live in a cabin in the woods), but for the most part he enjoys most of the plans I come up with even with all the work involved.  He says he likes the farm work, it is de-stressor (is that a word?) from his hectic, stressful day job as a chemist.

We had an extra turkey pen sitting empty (after my grand plans of raising and selling heritage breed turkeys went, well, south).  I decided it would be perfect to enclose with plastic and make a greenhouse.  The girls and I were just going to go out there and staple plastic to the frame and call it good.  Hubby thought it best if he did a bit more that that, and oh boy did he!  It is awesome!  He even built shelves for us.  It is on the south side of our barn with lots of sunlight so it is perfect.  We  have all of our starters going, which is going to save a lot of money in just the cost of plants.  I am hoping we can use it a good part of the year too.

Not only did he do that this week, he also fenced in more land for the goats and pacas'!!! They were so happy rolling in the grass today.  With the 7" of rain we had in the last 2 weeks of April (yes 7!) their area was pretty much dried mud.  We are hoping to close off a section and replant.

Alex-look at all the curly locks!
I LOVE pallets, they are free and SO useful, this is the second pallet gate we have at the farm!

Now remember, we do all of our farming on just an acre of land!  Isn't it amazing what you can do with a small amount?

As you can see from the pictures the goats and alpacas all need to be sheared, which will be happening soon here.  Tomorrow though I go to my dear friend, Maple's alpaca farm and help them with shearing her herd.  I can't wait!  I love doing farm work too!