It’s our first snow of the season and Kitty and Anne’s first snow of their life. I’m not sure what they make of it, they actually don’t seem to notice anything different than usual.
It’s times like this that I really do feel like a shepherd.
I don’t remember who sent me the linen towel with the dogs on it. I stashed it away waiting for the right time to use it.
The right time came on Friday. I can’t say why it was the right time, only that it was. There’s so many ways to deal with these dog images, and it took me while to figure out how to work with them in a way that spoke to me.
So I searched my fabric, as I do, and when I came across the quilt pieces that I cut off of one of the quilt tops that I put together for Bishop Maginn, I knew I found what I was looking for.
Except for the first potholder I made, everyone of the 20 dog potholders is made with the fabric from this wonderful quilt top from the 1960’s
Since it’s getting colder, Minnie and Flo have been spending time in the barn. And the hens have been too. I saw either Kitty or Anne, (I couldn’t tell which) hanging out on top of the hay bales by herself yesterday.
Today I found an egg in a little nest on top of the hay bales. From now on I’ll be checking the nest for eggs along with looking in the chicken coop.
“Warm and woodsy is what comes to mind” I wrote the other day when Suzy described the colors she was using in her new shawl.
Yesterday she sent me a picture of that shawl all done and I thought I was right. It feels to me like walking in the winter woods.
Take a close look and you’ll see the subtle shift of color in the natural variations of browns and grays above the snowy white. Then there’s the thin strip of green, like the lacy ferns that pop up though the early snow. Or it’s the moss that stays green all winter long, clinging to the bark of a tree.
It’s a Woods Woman’s shawl. A way to wrap yourself in nature, no matter where you are.
Suzy hand spins and knits her shawls from the wool of her mohair goats Lucy, Ruth,April, Alice and Larry. She’s dedicated to detail, and also uses wool that she buys throughout the year from other farmer’s. The light gray locks spun into the white mohair of Woodland Shawl, come from a Wensleydale lamb.
Suzy’s washes each shawl in a natural solution so it’s as soft and warm as it looks.
Suzy’s goats are pretty popular on YouTube with over a thousand views. See where move of her wool comes from….
Two more chickens in the coop, especially this time of year when they spend more time inside than out, makes for a lot more chicken poop. I have to clean out the coop every other day and refill their food every day now. The good part is that chicken poop is good fertilizer so I deposit it into one of my gardens then throw the old bedding hay into the barnyard for the donkeys and sheep to eat.
Kitty and Anne are laying eggs every few days. They’re still small and, as most fresh eggs are, very tasty. Brown Hen goes into the coop before the others when it starts to get dark. I’ll see the White Hen, Kitty and Anne, still pecking around outside and Brown Hen will already be on the roost.
This morning Matt, our farrier came to trim Fanny and Lulu hooves. They love when he comes, Fanny can’t get close enough to him, putting her face next to his as he trim’s Lulu hooves.
Their hooves had grown a lot since his last visit which wasn’t long ago. Matt said that the grass was so green for so long it went right to the animals feet.
That’s another thing that’s done for the winter. Fanny and Lulu already have a nice shaggy coat and the sheep who were shorn have a good layer of wool on them.
I love seeing all the different shades and textures wool in this photo.