to celebrate the publication of my new book


Our colorful 1751 farmhouse will be open to the public. On view will be many of the projects that are featured in Crafting A Pattern Home along with many other things I have made over the years.

This event will be a celebration of the handmade. I hope the day will inspire you to add some pattern and color to your home.

The event is FREE. Books will be available along with some other things I have made. For more information and directions, see the EVENTBRITE PAGE HERE. Although tickets are not mandatory, it will help me get a count to know what to expect. Hope to see you here in western Massachusetts in May.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

March Is Here

The temperature is 47 degrees today and it is starting to feel like spring is actually coming someday. They say we will have snow again this weekend. We will see. The snow and ice is still on the roof and one day it will come whooshing down and I hope I am not underneath it when it happens. 

Below are some photos of the lambs and the sheep that I took recently. The lambs are really growing. The lambs that were born earlier are much larger than the later lambs. This year we used rams in the following breeds: Dorset, Polypay, Dorper, and Cheviot. If you look at their faces, you will notice that different breeds have different faces and different body conformation too.

If the temperatures keep rising, we will soon be thick into mud season. It is going to be a whopper considering how much snow has to melt. If there is a time to go away from the farm - this would be my choice. Muck, mud, brown everywhere!

At the end of this series of photos, I have included a beautiful video I found recently by photographer Ian Lawson. He documents sheep, shepherds and farmers in the Lake District of England. Spectacular scenery and colors. Enjoy everyone!


Michele in Maine said...

Everyone looks so adorable and healthy!

Sheep Farm adventures of a Shepherdess said...

I love all lambs but it is funny how the once of us who raise them can tell the different breeds and even whose lambs whose and what seems so obvious to us is not to other people. We raise Dorset, N.C. Cheviot, and a few Hampshire. White face sheep are not popular here and we have had trouble in the market place. Do you have the same trouble or are they more command on the East Coast?

Auntie Shan said...

It got to that temp up here too today, but with a breeze... Which, is a GOOD THING - as it *evaporates* the snow rather than letting it just MELT! Mind you, my lowest lawn coverage is still 2 feet thick! But that snowbank GLACIER does appear to be shrinking... a bit.. So long as I can keep ahead of the BAILING, I'll be happy!
-- You know, NOW is the time to start putting the waterdrums under the dripping icicles for later use in the drier season.

ellen kirkendall said...

I have yet to see a single blade of grass in my yard; I can only trust that my garlic is growing somewhere under there.

Beautiful sheep photos!

Vermont Grand View Farm said...

Oh my! so many lambs!!! and all cute!

matkailijakirppu said...

It is such a joy to look at these happy animals! :)