September

We are into our second week of school and I am finding myself with more time and space to slow my busy and sometimes high-strung mind…it has looked a little like this…

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(please look past my dirty windows. who has time to clean windows that end up killing the little birds that fly into them? not me)

The oaks are just beginning to have a hint of my favorite color palette of the year…oh fall is so inspiring, especially here in Durango.

We sheared our two cross Shetland/BFL sheep last week. Below is my boy Rain before…

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Then Rain after…

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And then…the wool…

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I bought a new shearing stand so that we can stop paying the shearer to come out every spring. He did a pretty bad job on the shetlands so we thought we would do it from here on out. We are by no means pros at this, but the stand makes it so much easier because you don’t have to hold the sheep down the entire time. This is Abby below.

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Both Rain and Abby grow wool so fast. Their lock is about 4. inches long and we sheared them in March, so if we wait an entire 12 months it is longer than 6 inches, which the wool mills don’t like.

We are learning and have gotten our blades sharp for the next shearing, which is the end of November when some of our lambs will have to go to the locker…a very sad day for us…the saddest of the year. But it provides my family with organic nutrition and the lambs wool is of course, amazing and doesn’t get any softer.

Finally, this last weekend we snuck in a bit of camping past Lake Lemon. It was wonderful and grounding. We all needed a little of that. The kids took a picture of me knitting which I kind of love, especially with the tiny finger on the right side of the frame.

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