June 2008

Antiques shop

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After 10 years, we’ve decided to close the antiques shop, finish renovations, and then sell it next year as a residence. We just can’t keep trying to do the upkeep here at the farm, at the antique shop, at the yarn shop, at the apartment house, at the cottage at Woods Pond, plus find time to have any fun together. So we’ve decided to downsize and focus more on the farm and doing some of the things we used to do (horse camping, Ireland, fishing, hiking, farming, gardening).

It’s been hectic boxing everything up and working to clean out the contents, but with friends helping, it’s also been kinda fun. At night & on weekends we’ve having such fun talking about using the proceeds to build a state-of-the-art sheep barn, complete with heated isolation unit/office. And more secure fencing for those escape artist goats & pygoras. And of course, we’ll be able to afford a newer more reliable tractor. Yay!!

WIth some of the proceeds from the sale of the antiques, we’re planning a trip back to Ireland to visit our cottage and enjoy some quiet time together. It’s been a year since we’ve been back ‘home’ and we can’t wait.

Meanwhile, we’re usually at the shop during the day. After July, I’ll be working more at the yarn shop.

In between all this work stuff, we’ve been sneaking off to do a little brook-trout fishing. Last week we saw a beaver, who was MAD that we were daring to fish in his little pond. Can’t wait to go again. It was fun helping Brandon clean them in the sink afterward and he cooked them up for me – delish!

My first blue ribbon moorit fleece

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This past weekend was the Maine Fiber Frolic. We have a booth there (The Irish Ewe), display our sheep for the Maine Sheep Breeders, and I work in the fleece tent. I gave 2 well-attended talks on “How to choose a fleece” and Brandon gave 4 shearing demos.

We entered several fleeces into the show and placed FIRST in the medium wool division, colored. There were 4 divisions – fine white, fine colored, medium white, medium colored.

I read the judges comments and we got a perfect 100 out of 100! She really liked Caramels fleece. Yay!!!

My blue ribbon fleece

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Look at this beautiful ribbon!!

Larry at the fleece sale

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Larry, of “Wendy & Larry” fame, checks fleeces into the sale.

Jacob display

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We displayed the Jacobs at the show. Aren’t they cute?

a jacob family

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Here’s another shot of the little family. Harrison is standing up, Emmaline is laying at Priscilla’s feet.


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Ashcroft is shorn for the summer and is seen here taking a nap under the trees in the front pasture. Having no fleece makes his horns look so big!

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