Summer has flown by and I can't believe I haven't done a blog entry since mid July! The days were quickly filled with gardening, animal chores and lots of grandchildren visiting.
It's been a dry, hot summer and the grass in the paddocks barely grew. This has meant feeding the Black Welsh sheep, ever since spring. We have been fortunate that we had feed left from last year for them. The Corriedale cross flock have many acres to graze on, but the weather has taken its' toll there also.
Much of my summer has been spent presoaking, washing and drying wool fleeces. I've decided that it's time to learn more ways to use wool, which means weaving. I'd like to make rugs and saddle blankets, so I've started building a Navajo loom (photo shows beginning of assembly). I've read several books on the topic. I also have been spinning the warp and weft yarns. Everything will be trial and error, but I find that's a good way to learn. I contemplated making the tools - battens and forks, but I have no wood whittling skills. After doing a web search and ordering, the tools should be arriving in a few days.
This year is the 100th anniversary of our farm which was established by Farmer Bob's great uncle. The next generation to live here was his aunt and uncle Newland and family. We now have a website for Newland Ranch. It's homepage features info on the Black Welsh Mountain Sheep. Perhaps we will expand and add pages later. I will be updating photos there from season to season, so if you're interested, please check it out!