I actually raked up the yard and burned the tall grass out of the iris bed on Thursday. That is the earliest I've ever done that. Now it's supposed to get into the single digits tonight, so I am really hoping the apple trees don't die. At least the snow is covering the tender tiny spinach plants and flowers that are starting to come up.
I've got about half the goats combed, I hope the combed ones can stay warm enough tonight and over the next few days. I'll be feeding extra hay to help keep them warm. The act of digesting warms them up.
I've been driving up our road in 2 wheel drive, unheard of this time of year! Usually it's either an ice skating rink, or almost blocked with snow. I must admit, I've been enjoying it, I haven't had to shovel any snow for over a month, and there is little to no ice to break on all the water troughs and buckets for the animals.
The Akbash pups are growing up fast. They are pretty tall already. Dottie is still ruling the roost around here. Now that the snow is mostly gone, she is venturing out far and wide if I'm not constantly watching her. She's caught a mouse or two, along with Reggie the cat. I'm thinking they are going to make a good rodent catching team this summer.
Today I am dyeinig two skeins of yarn. One a solid blue, and the other a variegated blue, yellow and green. I'm going to make me a nice hat out of them. The cashmere is from Emma, who is getting up there in age and her fiber isn't quite in the micron range of true cashmere anymore. Since this is probably the last fleece I get from her, I decided to make something for me. It's still soft, and has incredible style, it's just a hair coarser than it should be for true cashmere. (no pun intended) The variegated one is mixed with silk. A little over four ounces with both skeins, so that should make a nice hat.
I am out of last year's cashmere now. At least the stuff I wanted to sell. I saved the short stuff and coarser fiber to do some needle felting with. I think I'll make some animals with it. Someday I want to get a needle felting machine and make some vests and things with it.
Well, I'm out to trim the two dairy girl's hooves now. I hope everyone that is in the cold regions stays warm, and everyone else enjoys the mild weather where you are! Have a wonderful day!