It snows an snows here--a generous answer to our prayers for moisture earlier.. For a couple days it looked like spring might come--the snow was melting with a tired look, and we had many icicles and "skating rinks" in our farm yard. However, today we woke to about 3-4" of new snow, and it's still snowing The sheep are wisely staying under their covered area, but even so, some of them have unmelted snow blankets on their backs-the wind blows it onto them, and their wool insulates them so well! From left in photo below, Mia Blanca (white with horns), her last year's lamb Mona Lisa, Godiva (light brown), Mimosa (black and white with horns) and in the back are Tess, Mariah, and Dazzle--a good sampling of our "wool makers". (Photo was taken previously on a sunny day.) Because we have been gone this past weekend and I also came down with a bad cold when we returned, I have not been doing any spinning. I am, however, trying to catch up on all the business-related things, which takes some time, too. Spring cleaning of the barn (mand the house, of course), lambs, and shearing are not so far away, but what do you think, will spring EVER come? At least it's slow this year, as compared to last year when the snow was already metled at this time. I'm hoping we get a good cherry and wild plum harvest this year, unlike last year when the blossoms came too early and they all froze. There is a silver lining to every cloud.
Jeanne Dukerschein loves animals and also has enjoyed lifelong interests in fiber arts, nature, and writing. In 2006, she learned to spin her own yarns and purchased her first Shetland ewe. Her poetry and fiber art, as well as her 20-year career as a freshwater biologist, carry common themes of nature, ecology, and