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Archive for January, 2010

Where did it go?

January 31st, 2010 by Heidi

Where did January go? I am really not sure how it is already the last day in January. Now don’t get me wrong, the closer we get to Spring the more excited I get thinking about the lambs and my vegetable garden. But with the speed at which this month passed I am not going to be ready!


Mean Rooster

January 29th, 2010 by Heidi

We had a mean rooster problem; well in fact in the summer there were two mean roosters. They would wait until my back was turned and then attack me. Or one would distract me while the other snuck around to attack me from behind!


We are colourful!

January 28th, 2010 by Heidi

This weeks You Capture is Colour.


Home improvements

January 27th, 2010 by Heidi

As we mentioned before we are very concerned about being as environmentally friendly or ‘green’ as we can. One of the steps we are taking in our efforts to lessen our carbon footprint is taking advantage of the government scheme to reduce energy usage; we had our home energy audit back in February last year and discovered that our house receives a failing grade!


Great chieftain o’ the puddin-race!

January 26th, 2010 by Heidi

Saturday night we had a party to celebrate Burns night. I wanted to invite more people than I could seat around our dining room table, so I came up with the idea of a Burns night buffet!


Fibre preparation – skirting & washing

January 25th, 2010 by Heidi

In the last two years I have found myself with many new teachers, all of whom I am grateful for. But especially important are a couple of ladies I consider my ‘mentors’ – Tammy of Kalwa Taure Shetlands and Elizabeth the Hilltop Fibreworker. They provided me with the following instructions for how to skirt and wash fleeces.


Sunday roundup

January 24th, 2010 by Heidi

It has been a busy week with lots of cat & dog activity; time spent with friends old and new; chores, cooking, fibre arts, etc etc ….



January 22nd, 2010 by Heidi

Towards the end of December we took our first ‘lambs’ to be processed. Two of them were in fact what is known as ‘long yearlings’ or hoggets (between 1 & 2 years old). We had waited as Shetland sheep are so small that it can be better to let them gain a little more size. The third was a lamb from this year, but whereas we would have liked to wait he was already a very good size and one of his horns would have proved fatal.


My space

January 21st, 2010 by Heidi

This weeks You Capture is ‘love around your home’.

I must admit that I have agonized over this post all week. I could give you a post full of pictures of Steve, my family, cats, dogs, sheep …….. but you already know I love them, and don’t I already find enough excuses to show you pictures of them! You Capture is supposed to be about encouraging you to try something new ….


A home for Spirit

January 20th, 2010 by Heidi

We have come to the very sad realization that the best option for our dogs is to find a new home for Spirit. This is pretty much the last thing we wanted, we wanted to be able to make everything work and not have to put her through another change. But as the song goes “you can’t always get what you wa-ant”!


Curry night

January 19th, 2010 by Heidi

As I mentioned yesterday, I went out all day Saturday and left Steve to prepare dinner. The thing being that we were having friends over for a curry night!


Spinning, weaving, knitting!

January 18th, 2010 by Heidi

Saturday Cheryl and I spent the day at the third of our planned spinning classes ‘gaining control’! Steve had a very busy day at home, but I will tell you all about that tomorrow.