Just Catching up a bit….

I haven’t blogged in a while.  Yeah I know that you know…and you have made sure that I know that you know that I haven’t!

Still really physically drained.  Still trying to find out what is going on with my body.  We do make some progress but it is slow going.  So, I get as much as I have energy to do, done.  We have been working on the garden area.  Building an “adult area” where the “kids” (goats and dogs) are NOT allowed unsupervised.  In fact, many of them are NEVER allowed in there EVER for ANY reason!! 🙂

I have done numerous raised beds that until I got my things planted just looked like newly buried dead bodies in the backyard.  Now they look like buried dead bodies with flowers, veggies and herbs sticking out of them.  Much more attractive.  I have discovered two new plants that I have never had before that I just adore.  Hyssop and Bee Balm.  wonderful flowers, smells, colors, and boy does it bring in the bees and humming birds.  I actually planted them to harvest them for the bunnies to eat as well.  Wheat grass is another wonderful thing I have planted for the first time this year.  it is growing like a weed and about ready to be harvested for the bunnies as well.

When Chaz gets home, we have to crack on getting that new chicken coop area finished so we can move the chickens over.  Than we clean out the old chicken coop, take down the wall, finish the paneling and put in the new rabbits stackers.  Well used rabbit stackers that are new to us, need to be repaired, sanded, primed and repainted..than they will LOOK brand new.  I think all the new rabbits might arrive before we can get all this done.  I do have stackers and most of the parts and bits that need to go with them to get them all outfitted.  We have to do some fence repairing on the current rabbitry as one of the goats threw a temper tantrum and ripped it all up.

Speaking of goats, I have sold off several of the goats, and have another 2 for sale as well.  once they go and I put the wethers into the freezer, I will be left with 3 does and a buck.  One of the does is older and may need to be put down, so I may end up running out of milk this winter.  oh well, starting with a couple of new kids next year but not planning on having much more than about 5 goats on the ranch any longer.

We have both culled, skinned, gutted and ate our first rabbits.  I did some culling on my own this trip but it didn’t go as smoothly as the last time.  I still managed though.  However, the dogs refused to eat the rabbits becuase they had their “jackets” still on.  talk about picky dogs.  next time I can give them a knife and fork and they can cut up their own rabbits!!

We have a few more babies growing up and some French Angora rabbits that are about 1 week away from being ready to go for sale as well.  I just got my new giant Cochin chickens and sold off half the silkies.  I do like the Cochin and the eggs they are starting to produce as well.

I have also been crocheting again.  I finished the rug that I hand spun, plyed than crocheted out of the teeswater/cotswold ewes fleece.  I have been making some cotton wash clothes with matching drawstring little bags that can be used for whatever including putting in slivers of bar soap when they get small and using the entire bag with soap slivers as scrubies.

Buttercups and Bluebells!

Buttercups and Bluebells
Buttercups and Bluebells Gallery

We have been included in another treasury.  Actually this is the second one recently but I was seriously lax and didn’t do anything about copying the last treasury so it is gone already.  Anyhoo, the new treasury is live and it is called Buttercups and Bluebells!  Lovely sound that title is.  It just slides off your tongue and makes you want to lie down in the woods and watch the clouds puff on by.  The colours are gorgeous with all those yummy blues and stunning yellows.  Hmmm…what do you think?  like it?  if so, while it is hot and live, go to HERE, and comment on what you think.  Remember the treasury is only there for 2 days and than it is gone to make way for new material keeping things fresh and new.

Of particular note I think is the “Gate to the Bluebells” by consumedbynature.  I think this is a stunning photograph. 🙂  kudos to you!!

On another note, we have rehomed the last of the sheep, sold off more than half the dairy goat herd, sold off half the chickens and are getting down to a more manageable size.  I plan on having a handful of dairy goats for our own milk, some chickens for our own eggs, dogs, cats, and our new bunnies.  I have both French Angora rabbits, which are my first love, and some Silver Fox and white New Zealand rabbits.  The Silver Foxes and New Zealands are for meat.  That is an experiment that I am not sure on.  We will see.  If it turns out that they are not for us, than it will only mean more rabbit cages free for more of my baby Fur bunnies (ie. the French Angoras!)

“Bunny White” Art Yarn

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Bunny White Handspun Yarn

I just listed a new Art yarn in the shop.  “Bunny White” is a merino angora 2 ply art yarn that I hand spun.  If you want to see the entire listing with more pictures from various angles go see it here.

I also listed 3 hand dyed bunches of Wensleydale locks in pink, purple, and a blue that is sort of aqua and sort of columbine.  Listed 2 purses, 1 crocheted basket that could be a yarn basket, a fuzzy trivet, and another art yarn called European Yarn as it is the Angora Merino Art yarn that I made the European Scarf and Purse of Many countries from.  I still have a large amount left and decided to sell it as a skein instead of making something else from it.  You might like to visit the shop and see all the updated and new listed items for sale.  The shop is here.  Happy Spinning!!