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Overwhelming!

I am simply overwhelmed right now! The events of these past few days have brought me to the depths of sorrow and to height of gratefulness and thanks. Just two days after the fire at our land, my mother-in-law quit breathing and was rushed to the hospital where she died the next day. Even though she had suffered with Parkinson's disease for 10 years, her sudden passing was quite unexpected. Poor Stan has had a lot to cope with...
The outpouring of support and concern from my fellow Shetland sheep breeders has been absolutely amazing. I am so fortunate to have such a great group of people offer to help us out at this time. Thank you all so much! Mary Ellen, Rebecca and Kim for getting the wheels in motion and organizing the Fire Benefit Auction at the MSSBO blog. I really couldn't have stopped you all if I tried! And thanks to Nancy K. for all your support and spreading the news through your blog and your generous donation of a beautiful framed photo of your sheep. And Bill'…

Devastated

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Today was a pretty good day, I did well and had a lot of fun at the Pine City Arts Fest, despite the near 100 degrees temps. I got home around until around 4:30 p.m. which is the time the sheriff said the fire call came in.
Stan and I were hot and tired after the Arts Fest, but peacefully oblivious to the fact that our pasture and hayfields were burning as well as our pole barn and entire 2006 hay crop.
We didn't find out until around 7:10 p.m. when our hay man called and told us. We raced over to find fire trucks all over and our less-than two year old pole barn burned out. We may be able to salvage some metal, but it's not useable anymore.
Thankfully the firefighters pulled out the tilt-trailer and 4 wheeler in time to save them, except for some severely melted areas.
Witnesses said the fire was amazingly fast and hot. As I mentioned earlier, the temps were extremely hot today, and the winds were strong from the south. That, along with our lack of rain for so many days, was enou…

Haying and Horns

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Well, I finally got a chance to get back here and post! The Garden Tour demo went well last Saturday. It got me determined to gear up for next week's solo booth at the Pine City Art Festival. So much to do before then!

Tonight we stacked the first load of our 2006 hay crop in the pole barn over at the land. Our portion was 115 bales from the front field. We will get lots more from the back field which has more grasses that the sheep prefer.
It was hot and humid today, but apparently the worst is yet to come. They say we could be in the triple digits this weekend. Oh I hate to think of the sheep in the heat! Especially when I'll be away doing a booth at the Pine City Arts Festival. It's my first time there and I was hoping for a good turnout. If the weather is that hot, I'm sure the crowd will be smaller.
And imagine trying to sell wool yarn, hats, mittens, etc. in that kind of heat. Oh well, at least I'll get to advertise my sheep for sale that day.

I took a few photos…

I'm Jumping in Too!

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Well, I guess I will jump in the water with the rest of you and start my own blog! After reading the posts and seeing the photos posted by my friends, I'm thinking this might indeed be an easier way to share events in my life and on my little farm rather than updating my website all the time.
I have lots of nice shetland sheep to show off (see photo of River Oaks Ace, what a sweetie he is!) and some nice poultry too. My most recent additions to the farm are two bluefaced leicesters, names are still being determined. They are the most docile sheep I've met so far. And their fleece is exquisite! The only problem is they will get quite BIG in adulthood, we'll have to wait and see how that goes...this fall I plan to cross some of my shetland ewes with my Bluefaced Leicester ram for some hardy lambs with great fleece next spring.
I'm in the process of getting ready to do the Art in the Garden Tour on Saturday, July 8th here in Mora, MN. The event is put on by the Kanabec His…