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Blueball Mountain Spindle & Needleworks, the Yarn and Fiber Shop in Historic Downtown Elizabethtown KY, has become the focus of the activities of All One Farms. The Farm, itself is still where the Sheep are raised, Gardens are kept and large dyeing and processing takes place. We continue to live simply, still seek to be self sustaining and remain conscious of our role in the universe. Every day is an adventure and it doesn't always take me where I plan. Come journey with me and share my experiences as I continue evolving my dream. Email me at email@example.com.
Monday, July 21, 2008
We are just about ready to find new homes for our spring ram lambs. We had five this April and are looking to keep two for the time being. These little guys were gently hand raised and love attention. They are pure Shetland Heritage Sheep known for their extremely fine wool with extra long staple. These three were photographed together in the field at three months are all black Two others have developed silver grey markings around their face and chest giving them very elegant tuxedo like appearance. You can see the markings in a previous picture of Blinkin below. Their wool is cloud like in softness and promises to be a spinners dream or fine addition to a breeding flock.
Currently I am working on taking pictures of each one with accurate descriptions and confirmation as well as their markings and their genetic heritage and history. All are registerable through the Shetland Sheep Association. They will be listed formally through breeders lists but if there is any interest from friends of this blog, please email me directly.
Summer has arrived in all its glory. Beautiful red sunrises and the most amazing orange glow moonrises i have ever seen. The full moon this past week was a huge blood orange hanging in flowing cotton candy clouds over the sheep meadow. The days now are still with little breeze to beak up the afternoon heat. I have to admit that it has driven me under the old apple tree in the afternoons to escape the humidity. There is no air conditioning in this old house and no way to put it in without hanging heavy ducts all around. The original builders wisely planted tall maples on the south side and every outside wall (all walls) have a window in which creates a nice cross breeze most days. But if there are no breezes, unusual really, it can be quite steamy inside. I am way behind on working on my wool because of the heat.
The garden is doing well. The tomato crop just continues. Potatoes are almost done. Still have beans and carrots. New fall crops are in the ground, finally. Ten varieties of pumpkins and gourds are in and will hopefully be ready by early October. I spent a few hours this weekend creaning up the herb and kitchen gardens which were in need of a little maintenance.