The weather has been odd this week. Crisp sunshine mixed in with snowy showers and some frosty mornings. We missed Storm Imogen, despite having sat in the way of all of the other named storms so far.
We ran out of hay this week. We always run out just at this time (because we don't have enough barn space to store more bales) just at the point when everyone else who has hay is scratching their heads, counting their stock of bales, and hoping it will last. Met a really nice local small-holder who keeps Gotlands and I shall be seeing if I can get some of the wool to sell next time they have some. Hay panic over - we have 50 more bales coming next week plus Andy-the-Gotland-man let us have twenty to be going on with.
Liver fluke has been a big worry amongst farmers this winter, due to the wet late summer, autumn and winter. We've had two sheep die of liver fluke in previous years, and it is distressing for sheep and shepherd alike. We dosed all of the sheep against it in the autumn and did them all again a few weeks ago. Fingers crossed.
A poorly shoulder has put paid to any knitting or crochet this last fortnight. Two visits to a nearby horse-osteopath has me feeling tons better, but I shall stick to spinning and weaving for a while. The picture above shows some skeins I've spun from bought-in carded and dyed rovings. The grey one is undyed. Felt better enough to do some great local walks this week - both up at the Hopes, a couple of miles away.
The website has been hard work but that has mostly been down to my inability to input weights into the shipping section properly. Those very nice people at Weebly got back to me within 24 hours explaining what I had done wrong. I think it's fixed now (fingers crossed).
My wool is also now on sale at Humbie Hub. Big thanks to them for putting it on display! .