Well, the weekend is over and I’m still alive and kicking, though not kicking very high! Thursday, I dug more plants, and took yard sale/perennial sale stuff to neighbor’s house. Friday and Saturday was the sale. Dottie covered on Saturday, because at 6 a.m. Saturday, after doing chores at 5, I took off for the Massachusetts Sheep and Woolcraft Fair, at the Cummington Fairgrounds, in Cummington, Mass. Saturday was hopping…lots of folks, lots of sales. Saturday after the fair closed, Sue and I spent the night at the Days Inn in Pittsfield (not too many places closer!) and after grabbing a quick dinner at Friendly’s, both were sound asleep by 9 p.m. Sunday was slow, but worthwhile, nevertheless. I got home at 7, John got dinner ready, we watched l/2 an episode of “Edward the King”, and then collapsed in bed.
Today was catch up day. Everyone needed food and water. And I needed to mow some, especially in a path for the next pasture’s fencing, which I put up. I also put up the pigs’ fencing behind the house, and in the afternoon, John helped me load each one in a big dog cage, and he wheeled it up to the pen, where we deposited the grunting and screaming pig. Twice, since there were two pigs. An ordeal, but boy are they content out there, exploring and having a grand ol’ time for themselves.
Ah, I forgot, when I went to feed the sheep, one lamb stayed in the background and didn’t look all that happy. Turns out he had flystrike…on the site of his recent castration. That’s never happened before, and normally, flystrike doesn’t really happen until the middle of June, so I thought I was safe, but this little guy was a mess. For an hour I clipped fleece, poured on peroxide, dunked in soapy water, rubbed out the surfacing maggots onto the ground…then put medication on him, and put him in “sick bay” all by himself. He wasn’t feeling too good, I could tell, since he didn’t yell and whine for mama. But later this afternoon, he was yelling up a storm, so I gather he’s feeling some better. Hopefully, he will be fine now. I have some permethrin stuff to put on him for three days in a row. Anyway, with all this, it’s been a “change your clothes five times” kind of day. ]
All the tablecloths have been washed, dried, and put away. (From the tables at the show) We’ve had dinner. John planted some more plants in his veggie garden. I cleaned up the ram pen where the pigs had been, earning their milk by tilling it for me. Hopefully, tomorrow before it gets too hot, I’ll plant my squashes in there. And maybe turn over the edges of the other garden, tilled incompletely by the chickens earlier in the month, and put my sweet potatoes in there.
I just about ran out of rovings at the festival, so will have to have more made. I’m also expecting 16 pounds of nice plain cream colored fleece back from Zeilinger’s which I’m hoping to dye in creative ways this summer, ready for the fall shows.
And I have been spinning one jacob fleece, and have three other fleeces to spin, a black coopworth lamb, a white coopworth adult, and a nice camel colored romney. And the heat’s off in terms of getting ready for shows, since we don’t have any more til the fall…I look forward to a leisurely summer of spinning and knitting what I want to spin and knit!