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Again, we scheduled Kevin Ford to shear the flock in the afternoon of February 10th. The flock won't be happy about that schedule, since we are immersed in one of the coldest winters we can recall...  Yup, it really is -2 degrees... Burrrr!

Have a Happy Easter! 

Art-ish: Freshly dyed sheep run in view of the highway near Bathgate, Scotland. The sheep farmer has been dying his sheep with nontoxic dye since 2007 to entertain passing motorists...

Puttering About... and praying for Spring!

We are looking forward to the Octagon garden in full bloom, when we can again enjoy quiet evenings just sitting there taking it all in.  Our lily collection seems to have survived the freezing spring nights, although our Japanese maples were on the endangered list!  Once again, our friends Carl and Elaine Wickstrom, of Golden Skep Farm fame, shipped another unexpected collection of new plants last fall, and we are anticipated their splendor as the garden is once again in full bloom.  Come see for yourselves.  Still, if you can't stop by to see in person, you can still enjoy a virtual walk through the garden, just click on our Octagon Garden Tour!

You can still see what we enjoy about the shepherding life, just come along with Elizabeth, Harley, Gailen and Dora as they tend the flock, by checking out our Fall Forage slide show, or just take a Walk About for a look around the farm!  See James Calder's photographs, including a photojournalist's look at a day here at the farm!

Photo by James Calder - http://jamescalder.smugmug.com/

Elizabeth's Studio Workshop sched­ule will continue to be on a tailored session basis.  We will tailor a session to fit your schedule, same cost, same courses as our previous scheduled programs!  Check the Workshop page for curriculum details.

If you have a question or problem about anything else related to rearing sheep, sheep dogs, fiber arts or other related questions, ask us and we will try to get the answer and get right back to you, or if you are in the Lexington area, feel free to visit us at the farm.  However, it's a good idea to call first to assure that we will be available, since we are a working farm and, as the old saying goes, "we frequently do have to make hay while the sun shines!"


Links of Interest...

"...places we like to visit!"

This is a Cleveland Bay stallion, Tregoyd Journeyman, a.k.a., Joe.  The Cleveland Bay Horse is a "critically endangered breed."  In 2006, it is estimated that there are only about 550 pure bred Cleveland Bay Horses in the world.  Approximately 220 of them being breeding aged females and the remaining being stallions, geldings and youngsters.  Anna and Daniel Cohen are working to help reverse this situation.  Check out their efforts and read more of the musings about life on their farm, Bay Haven Farm, where you will very likely encounter other critters than just their beloved Cleveland Bay, Joe!

  

    The photography of James Calder will lure you into whiling away a hour or two with this website's collection of his work, which includes a suite of galleries, his personal photo-blog, and, of course, a tour of our farm and the critters therein, including ourselves! 

     

    Or, enjoy an historic ride into the past... visit Gunston Hall Plantation, home of George Mason, and see one of our spinning wheel replica by The Country Craftsman in action.  Find out how our forefathers managed before the days of The Gap, Martha Stewart at K-Mart and J.C. Penney!

     

    Although they have temporarily suspended their trek, you can reminisce with with Barrie and Claire Brozenske and their Great RV Adventure. Just click the photo and be on your way, taking in the places and sites that they visit, and enjoy their electrifying account of each step along the way!

     

    Cheryl's page has disappeared from the internet... a sad day for those who love fiber arts...

    this was an incredibly useful link to Cheryl Benda's Fiber Arts Reference Page... from there you could spend hours  (may­be even days) exploring links to fiber arts pages around the web and the world... thanks, Cheryl, for a true labor of love... and the pleasant music, too!  This page will be sorely missed!

     

    Visit our friends, Carl and Elaine Wickstrom, and enjoy a tour of their day lily operation at Golden Skep Farm in Berlin, Massachusetts.  A neat place to explore in person if you are interested in experiencing the tranquility of a vintage farm scene in the midst of the hustle and bustle of contemporary New England.

     


Memories...

Take a stroll with us down memory lane, revisiting with us our time here in the valley...

 


and Ramblings...

Fool me once, shame on you.  Fool me twice, shame on me!

Anon

   

If I have seen farther than others, it is because I was standing on the
shoulders of giants."

Isaac Newton

   

“ ... Two roads diverged in a wood, and I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference. ”

Robert Frost

   

To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:  a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted.

Ecclesiastics 3:1-2

or, for those more secular...

" Turn, Turn, Turn "

The Byrds, circa 1960s

   

Carpe diem!


It seems to me... (Ron's back!)

 

Winter 2014

Prescient you say?  Looking back to my Winter 2009 comment... it didn't take a soothsayer, just common sense!

Winter 2009

"AARP, the seniors lobby, threw its weight behind the Democrats..."

Anyone who thinks the $460 Billion cut from Medicare that the Senate is including in its version of the health care plan (Obamacare) isn't going to be coming right out of the hide of seniors, is drinking Jim Jones' Kool Aide!  AARP is a insurance seller, plain and simple, that's where they make their money.  Watch their commercials on TV.  "Senior lobby," my butt!

 

Winter 2013

Bill in Kentucky wrote to Fox News Bret Baier...

"Putting things in perspective: March 21, 2010 to October 1, 2013 is 3 years, 6 months, 10 days. December 7, 1941 to May 8, 1945 is 3 years, 5 months, 1 day. What this means is that in the time we were attacked at Pearl Harbor to the day Germany surrendered is not enough time for this progressive federal government to build a working webpage. Mobilization of millions, building tens of thousands of tanks, planes, jeeps, subs, cruisers, destroyers, torpedoes, millions upon millions of guns, bombs, ammo, etc. turning the tide in North Africa, invading Italy, D-day, Battle of the Bulge, Race to Berlin – all while we were also fighting the Japanese in the Pacific!! And in that amount of time – this administration can’t build a working webpage."

Sad to say...

 

Check our Archives Page to revisit more of Ron's "blasts from the past!"

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