Monday, January 25, 2016

A Novice Shepherd and a Blizzard

It would have been nice to have had just a few inches of snow instead of over two feet to test my winter barn skills. I gave my small flock extra nice good orchard grass hay in their inside feeder, extra nice soft straw for bedding and hoped for the best. The sheep's heated water trough is outside and not movable so I had to leave the bottom half of the stall door open. It seems they didn't mind at all. I think a few might have even slept outside from the look of things... seeming to say Silly Lady. We are wool covered sheep. We are made for this weather!

 When it was all over, I shoveled a path out for them to get to their outside feeder, the former pig palace. 

I keep a round bale of mixed hay out there for self feeding when I am cityside. Not ideal for all that vegetable matter working it's way into the fleeces, but for this first year, it will have to do as I navigate my way through my duel life. 

But Hassie decided to make her own path.

Silly Shepherdess.

So all is well at Lindenberry Farm
Hope the same for you.

Let's all belly up to the snow bar!

Sunday, January 24, 2016

The Calm After the Storm

The setting full moon early this morning above the two feet plus of snow that Mother Nature gave to us.

No matter what the season or the weather, this view from my kitchen sink window makes me smile. 

Hope all are well with you and yours no matter what you woke up to.


Friday, January 22, 2016

So Grows the Family

New baby boy is home with his family.

And ready for a life time of love.

Welcome to the world Griffin Michael.

Marme loves you so. 

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Sheep on the Mind

In all kinds of ways.

That's Leo of course. The most affectionate lamb in the land.

A quick knit to keep me occupied on a recent road trip,
along with listening to A Shepherd's Life by James Rebanks.

Pattern: Baa-ble. Yarn: oddments from the scrap basket. 

Saturday, January 9, 2016

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Looking Back on a Great Day

One week last October started with with the arrival new wee one to our family,  the loss of a great man from the family in the middle of the week, and then ended with a beginning really, with a joy filled day of promises as we welcomed Kathleen into our family.

Our Joey made it for the day, leaving his wife and newborn in the effort.
We all know that was hard for he and Fifi and are filled with gratitude. That is why this photo of my three sons is special to me.
The two on the end have that smile I know well. The one that says some mischief is about to happen

All the traditional elements,

including the fun.

Then a not so private moment just before the newlyweds were whisked away,

in an old Cadillac once belonging to Waylon Jennings, by Bummy's choosing of course.

With all this family to love and care for Andy and Kathleen,

We trust their marriage with be just as wonderful as their Wedding Day was.

Sunday, January 3, 2016

Blankets for the Babes

A few long completed Finished Objects to share:

A chevron blanket made for this little one's shower. We didn't know that he was a he, but I new I could not go wrong with these colors as they are DIL Fifi's favorites.

Hi Tucker. Marme Loves you.

And while that easy on-the-go-knit-without-thinking blanket was in the works, I was working on this during the quiet-need-to-concentrate moments:

A Christening shawl for my son's son. 

Tucker's special day has not yet happened, but he has been practicing.

Bridgewater by Jarod Flood
And now we wait for this blanket to have a wee one snuggled in it...

Any day now my Kate and her family will welcome baby Four.