Mike and I managed to get away for a couple of weeks in the middle of May and visited London (4 days) and toured Ireland for the rest of the time available to us (about 8 days plus 1 day of travel at each end). It is an absolutely beautiful country and I saw more sheep, cattle and horses than I could count. In the south and west the sheep seem to be primarily Scottish Blackface so I was disappointed not to see more evidence of BFL Mule flocks ... but then from a travelling car, it is hard to see the details! Regardless, it was wonderful to be away and equally wonderful to return home!
We have had lots and lots of rain over the last two weeks sl all worries about moisture and forest fire dangers have subsided for the moment. The germination on our newly seeded pastures has been excellent, but I am officially ready for some sunshine now to make it all grow!
As a result of plowing up and reseeding so much ground, grass is short around here and I am still supplementing the feed supply with hay. In spite of this, the lambs are growing well and the Moms are finally starting to put on some weight. I have added some photos taken last week between showers of some of this year's lamb crop. I will be adding more photos when I can. I will be posting copies of pedigrees for those who are interested.
I have reserved four of my finest BFL fleeces to take with me to the Black Sheep Gathering and then on to Olds Fibre Week. The National Bluefaced Leicester Show is going to be held in conjunction with the Black Sheep Gathering in Eugene, so the competition will be stiff. In addition, I am madly working to complete a shawl made from my own BFL fibre for Spinner's Lead competion. It has been a busy few weeks already with the coming month looking even busier!
If you would like a copy of my Tentative Sales List please email me and I will send it along!
Now, off to get more stuff planted in the garden!