Tuesday, March 29, 2011
Sheep, Goats and Double Rainbows!
I've been making hats from recycled wool garments for years because I love wool clothing for the wet climate of the Pacific NW. Now that we live on some land in the country, we decided it would be nice to get some sheep to raise for their wool, their company and for their ability to fertilize the land. So we purchased two Shetland sheep, a wether and a ewe. The ewe is the black which was recently shorn and the wether is the brown with fleece still on. My wife, Kirsten, has learned how to spin and knit and so is even more excited about this than I am. Perhaps some custom Deller caps knit or felted from their wool in the future. First I need to learn how to shear them! I hear it's not easy.
We have also been interested in getting some goats to raise for milk and meat and to clear blackberry brambles. So yesterday I bought a goat as well. Her name is Geveirah (I think that's how it's spelled. She was named by the previous owner) She is pregnant and due sometime in the next month. She is of the French Alpine variety.
It rains all day and then just before sunset it gets sunny and we have these amazing rainbows. Here is a double rainbow over our yurt. This was by far the most brilliant rainbow I've ever seen!