Saturday, April 25, 2015

Farm Helpers

The big strong kind, 

Thank you Tommy

the knowledgeable, experienced kind,


 the eager, determined kind,





Kidnapping Bennett for the day was so much fun for both of us

and the kind that make jobs so much easier.

Skip the rubies and diamonds. Best gift ever from the husband: a spray gun.

Which all makes time for enjoying the gifts of spring.





Monday, April 13, 2015








Because wine and wool always go together.


Thursday, April 9, 2015

A Walk Through the Barn Yard


How's this for a farm scene? Courtesy of the cell phone.


My sunbathing hens.

The New Pig Palace.
Spring is trying hard to take hold. The grass is greening up and the maples have their red halo on. 
The garden is being readied for the early plants and spring cleaning and refreshing is in full swing indoors. There is a deck to paint and a garden shed to build. Ovens to replace and seedlings to transplant to roomier homes. Curtains to make and flannel sheets to put into hibernation. Perennial gardens to weed and mulch and dinners for the elders to be made for when I am cityside. Summer bulbs to place in the warming soil and the next wave of fruit trees to join them. Perimeter fencing to repair and rain barrels to work up. 
And still I dream with a smile at what is to come.
My mind and heart were made for this life. 
{My girly weak muscles and short bones could use some help}.
I savor every moment of it.



Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Easter fun on the Farm







A few of the 34 family members that could make it.

A favorite moment on the Vigil...
bonfire and a full moon.


Hope you had a great celebration of life too.


Friday, March 20, 2015

Wool, Wool Everywhere

Practicing, practicing spinning with some years-old roving,


so I will be rightly prepared when this beautiful fleece I brought back with me from Kentucky
is ready for the wheel.
Help from a friend and my mother last week. They both enjoyed playing with Freckles the Fleece
Getting a longtime WIP off the needles.


In between washing that fleece for the next step,


I wound up some cashmere I splurged on

The view out my crafty room is always nice no matter what the weather. 

and started a very special project.


It's cold and rainy here in the Shenandoah Valley on this first day of spring.
I really don't seem to mind.
Soon the outside gardens and barn will need much attention, and the wheel and needles will be still.
One last day by the fire surrounded by wool is quite nice.

~Joan

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Friday, March 6, 2015

From all that friendship, fiber and sheep goodness at Equinox Farm in Kentucky, we hit the trail.

The Bourbon Trail.


The architecture and storied history of the four distilleries we visited intrigued me.



The up close tours of the systems and distillery methods were fascinating.



All that copper...

Now, that's a still.

...well, just so pretty on so many levels.

Of course, there was a bit of sampling.


Just a bit.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Shepherdess in Training

I have been here, doing this,
and working undercover in the barn to learn all I could.

They loved me....it had nothing at all to do with box of cookies I was holding. Really. Maybe.

With many thanks to thecrazysheeplady, 
Who turns out to not be crazy at all, but warm and kind and fun and oh so wonderful a mentor and friend.


Sara squeezed her vast knowledge into my brain as fast as she could,




 and gave me the courage and will to say Yes to the Sheep.



Sheep are coming to Lindenberry.
Soon. 
Thank you Sara. 
Thank you.