Where to begin... Spring waited until I got back from the road trip out west but then immediately sprang. So much to do.
The sheep were sheared on Tuesday but they have figured out who is who and barnyard life goes on. We lost two of the new goslings at a time when I was feeling particularly sensitive about all the sadness that is going on in the world but I was able to use my accumulated spiritual resources, put things into perspective, acknowledge the world's grief, and reset. I wonder if the animals think they don't have control of what life brings OR do they believe that everything that happens they brought to this life for a reason.
Yesterday was the 3rd week of the outside farmers market and a very interesting day. The day started off slowly and then so many interesting people came by to talk about wool and spinning and all sorts of things. There was a woman visiting from England who told me that many things that get delivered from farmers are wrapped in wool to keep the goods cool. Then she can send the wool back the next week or put it on her garden as mulch. Many sheep in England and the English have lots of ingenuity and common sense in my book. Then there was the woman that has a wolf (3/4 wolf blood). She has a significant amount of fur from him which she would love to have made into a blanket. Another woman wants to start spinning again but need to get her wheel from Richmond. She may bring it over to fashion a new drive belt and see what else it needs. One woman bought 3 skeins of yarn from Gretta's fleece. Was she the one that wanted to be added to our spinning group or was that someone else? Can't remember which story goes with who. Many interesting conversations and a decent monetary day.
Research continues on natural dyeing so many beautiful pictures should find their way to this blog in the next few weeks. There are three jars with 3 different lichen soaking in the fiber shed. They have to ferment for at least 3 months (that will be Fiber Camp in June).
Spinning, wet felting, and weaving have also taken some of my time lately. I continue to give Mira her apple cider vinegar most days. It seems to be helping with her arthritic symptoms. She didn't like the golden raisins soaked in gin remedy; to sticky.
The above was written 4 days ago. Since then Helena hatched out 3 goslings but one went missing the first day. Now we have 4 adults Sal's gosling that is about 2 +weeks old and Helena's 2.
Sal's gosling is very interested in the little ones. He is already 4 times bigger than they are. Hard to remember him being so small. They all travel in a group but sometimes Cirrus pecks at the little ones and then Prince steps in. The older gosling hangs out a lot with Cirrus and one day went after Prince when Prince was going after Cirrus. That was pretty funny.
Time to take pictures of the goslings before they are all full grown. Stay tuned.