I spent all day yesterday enjoying the fresh air and hanging around wonderful animals. I was invited by my friend Janet, who wanted some help skirting her fleeces. I did get lost on my way there because I missed the first crucial part of her email "Take the #1 to Qu'Appelle". Instead I read "Fort Qu'Appelle..... go through town, take the first grid road on #35." Well when I got lost it was obvious because I had gone though Fort Qu'Appelle not Qu'Appelle. I had no problem finding her farm after I actually read the first sentence of her email. Duh.
Janet has 11 Corriedale sheep and skirting was fun. The quality of her fleeces is really very nice and it didn't take us too long to get through them all. Her sheep seem to like to keep clean for the most part. We set a few aside so that she could send some off to a few fibre festivals in Alberta, Sask and Manitoba. Just look at the beautiful crimp and luster we found!
She has a wonderful Great Pyrenees dog that loved to give hugs and hang around all the wool. The cat was also interested and rubbed himself all over the bags of wool. Who can blame them?
The Llamas were very protective of their sheep and the Mom kept spitting at the dog. It was really funny how she would work up a big gob and just let loose.
Several of her sheep are lambing and she checked on them every few hours. I was hopeful I would see a new baby lamb but Janet texted me after I had left with some good news; She had her first lamb! Isn't it tiny?
We spent the rest of the afternoon spinning together. Janet has an Ashford Traditional wheel and would love to teach her children about raising sheep, processing fleeces and spinning their wool. It was such a relaxing day. Those who know me, know I am a huge animal lover and I would love to live on a hobby farm. Jeremy and I had looked at a couple when we were buying our first house. Maybe some day. What kind of animals would you have on a farm of your own? Thanks for such a wonderful day Janet!