Fairyweaver's Blog–An Urban Farmgirl's Adventures











{August 26, 2013}  

Well, as you can see I have not posted anything on my blog in a very long time.  I ended up with three jobs and a crazy schedule and those darn woolies take up a lot of time.  Finally I am getting a break in my hectic life and will be down to one job.  My home based business will allow me more free time to be with my sheep, crafts, cooking, hobbies, and of course, blogging.

Just to give you an update, I sold off my Navajo Churros and moved into a few breeds that had finer wool.  We moved to a beautiful new place for boarding and the sheep are delighted!  I started sheep shearing as a side job and I will continue to do that every spring until my body finally says no more.  These next weeks I will start all over, introduce all the new wooly faces, show you what I’ve been up to this summer and start the blog from scratch again.

Fleur and Buttercup     I am really excited for this new phase in my life and in September when things finally get rolling, there will be a lot more activity here.



{June 28, 2011}  

Here are our newest editions and they are adorable!  Sierra, the mama, is my little Shetland ewe.  She was bred to Simon my Rambouilette ram and gave birth to these two little cuties a week and a half ago.  It was a far cry from the ones that lambed in March.  We had no intention of having babies that early but the girls had plans of their own and dug under the fence to frolic with the rams.  The little hussies!  The drawback of that is that all of that batch had babies during our coldest winter in many years and we also had no way of telling who the daddies were.  We lost a few ear tips to frostbite but luckily we did not lose any lambs.   We have one ewe left to lamb…another opps…and hopefully we will be done with babies for the year.  We are currently looking for a bigger place so that we can have room for our ever expanding herd and have some more obstacles in between the ewes and the rams so there will be no more “ewes gone wild!”



{May 21, 2011}  

Well as you can see I have not posted in a very long time.  That is about to change!  In order to pay for the growing costs of our new sheep enterprise, the hay, the fencing. etc, I took another part time job and ended up working 65 hours a week.  Eight months was enough of that craziness and I am down to one job once more.

This March I attended sheep shearing school in Bozeman, started shearing small flocks for extra spending money and looking after the new lambs that have arrived this spring.  One ewe is left to lamb.  I will posting more on all these stories to get caught up and then I will be keeping up on my blog on a regular basis!



{January 18, 2010}   Lambing Jugs

We are getting ready for lambing season and busy preparing the lambing jugs.  Jugs are basically small individual pens for each ewe where they can safely birth their babies.  Ewes and lambs need a tight space to bond in as well as to shelter them from the cold weather and prevent other ewes from stealing the babies.

The economy is tough and we are about tapped out on the sheep budget.  We had to get extremely creative with our building materials to cut costs.  Our salvation  came in the form of pallets that I talked our local hardware store into giving us.  We also utilized old landscaping ties that we had lurking in the back of the garage.  The most expensive cost were the screws and the hinges for the gates.  Each hinge was approximately $5 and each gate required two hinges.  Luckily they are made out of a strong sturdy metal and will last forever.  We can reuse them again and again.  Is seems a little daunting to work so hard on pens that will only be used for a month and then torn down, but if we save our material we can rebuild the same structure next year.



{November 14, 2009}  

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I am a former Montana farm girl now living in the city. As the old saying goes, you can take the girl off the farm, but you can’t take the farm out of the girl. Even though I live in the city, I am experimenting with alternatives that will allow me to practice homesteading skills and learn traditional skills as a suburban house wife. I believe we can all make our lives more simple, eco-friendly and self-sufficient no matter where we live. Follow my adventures as I learn, practice, succeed and fail in things like: canning, raising small farm animals like sheep and rabbits, weaving and spinning wool, hunting, tanning, gardening, sewing, crafting, making cheese and other dairy products, and anything else I get a wild hair to learn.



{November 13, 2009}   Welcome to my blog site!


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