Constance and Merricat were curious about the shovel and rake I use to muck out the barn. They were checking them out before “posing” for this picture.
They’re over a year old now and their wool is growing beautifully. Both have a nice crimp which helps make wool soft and springy. I’ll be shearing them this October for the first time.
I met the UPS guy as he walked up the driveway to the back porch. I was expecting to have to sign for a package, but instead, he looked at Constance who was standing at the gate, and said, “Is that a black sheep?”
Then he went on to tell me that his brother is a Rapper in New York City and is making an album called Black Sheep. “He knows I’m working in the country and asked me to let him know if I see any black sheep he could take a picture with for his new album.”
I didn’t even have to think about it. I love the idea of helping a musician get the right image for his work and that the image is one of my sheep is even better.
“That’s Constance, I told him. And she’s not really a black sheep, she’s brown.” I was thinking of the true black wool that Issachar grows underneath his top layer of sun-faded wool.
Ray, the UPS guy, said it was fine as long as the sheep wasn’t white.
I knew that even if Constance, wasn’t up for a photoshoot with strangers, Asher and Issachar would be perfect for it. They love everyone and we could use treats to encourage them to hang around if they got bored.
Since I don’t listen to Rap music, I looked up Dell, up on YouTube under Rmb Dell88 as his brother suggested, and found this video of his “Last freestyle” (Improv) before the album comes out later in September.
On Sunday, Ray will come to the farm with his brother Dell and his photographer Cherokee to take a picture with Asher and Issachar.
This is not something I ever would have imagined happening on the farm and yet at the same time it feels completely natural.
I wondered if Kitty and Anne’s eyes would change color when they got older. And they have. No longer green, Kitty and Anne’s eyes are orange just like White Hens.
You can also see in this photo how Kitty’s wattle under her beak and on the side of her face is starting to protrude. Her comb is still not fully developed but both chicks are as big as White Hen now. Soon they should start laying eggs.
What I call a Garden Spider has many names. A couple that I like is Writing Spider and Zipper Spider. I imagine these names come from the thick zigzag part of the web which is called a stablementum.
Its purpose is currently, it’s believed to attract insects and keep birds from flying into the web and damaging it.
This Garden spider which has her web is our back porch garden is clearly a female. Males are visibly more slender and smaller.
Jon calls it Bud’s throne.
We bought the little wicker bench and rocker in Bellows Falls. They were in the window of one of the shops and when I saw them I squealed about how cute they were. I could easily see them both as the living room furniture in a Victorian playhouse.
But Jon was thinking something else. “We should buy that for Bud,” he said.
Yeah, I was surprised. Buying dogs treats and toys is one thing, but a wicker furniture set? Next thing you know, we’ll be pushing Bud around in a stroller.
Not that I was going to object. The furniture was adorable, and Bud was a good excuse to get it. I thought $50 for both was a good price.
I know I wouldn’t have bought the furniture if Jon wasn’t so into it. Just the day before he wanted to buy Bud a dog house, even though we already have a dog house in the backyard. “Bud’s been through so much, he deserves something special,” Jon said.
Jon loves to give things to people and animals he likes. “If we’re going to be friends,” Jon told me when we first met, “I’m going to give you things so you might as well get used to it.” I’m still not completely used to it, even after being together for over ten years.
“I’ll make cushions for them, ” I said as we loaded the rocker and bench into the car.
We decided to put the rocker on the back porch for the cats. And Jon put Bud’s bench in front of the woodstove for now.
I cut one of the foam cushions from an old dog bed in the shape of the wicker bench then covered it with soft purple fabric from my studio. Bud likes to snuggle so at Jon’s suggestion I made him a little pillow to cuddle up against.
I’m not convinced that Bud is going to choose to sleep on the little wicker bench when he has his pick of living room furniture to sleep on. But that bench sure looks sweet with its purple cushion and pillow.
I know I couldn’t resist it.
When I sat down on it, Bud got interested and hopped up next to me. Then I moved to the floor and rubbed his belly as he relaxed on his new purple cushion.
Little Prince, indeed, I thought.
Tomorrow…Minnie and Flo’s Wicker Rocker.
It’s the perfect time of year for my Frog and Insect Potholders. They are all over the farm. Just yesterday a toad found a place to hide on the big maple hang my potholders on to take their pictures. This morning A big yellow and black garden spider had a web just out the backdoor.
So here are the frogs, dragonflies, and bees. Along with a couple of Sea Turtle Potholders for anyone who wanted one and did get one. The whale and rooster came out of my scrap bin. It’s a week of animal potholders I guess.
Each of my potholders is $20 + $5 shipping for one or more and you can see them all close-up and buy them here.