Saturday, August 01, 2009

Where Did July Go?

Not only did the days of this last month seem to fly by, they haven't felt much like summer weather (which is actually just fine with me!) - we did not have a single day in Michigan that was over 85 degrees and there has been no humidity. The sheep and I like this ;) So does the lettuce (pictured above) which continues to grow nicely in my garden without turning bitter or bolting!

I had lots of lovely blog posts planned, but summer is just such a busy time, don't you agree? And now, here it is August...

But since I would like to share with you how our summer is going, I thought I would just post a few pictures and try to do better with the updates this next month!

There has been FIBER ~

Corriedale roving with dyed silk noil

Spun yarn and knitted sample

And the SHEEP that provide the fiber ~

Ewes on pasture

The LAMBS have grown well! Some we will keep in the flock ~

Deborah and her ewe lamb

And some have found new homes ~

Ainsley's ram lamb, Forrest


Fiber group here at the farm, including a drop spindle class with Donna from Spinning Daydreams (this photo is actually from June)

Spinning at Mary's farm, including our youngest member, little "E" sitting on her grandma's lap

Time with FAMILY and FRIENDS ~

Friend Mary and brother Michael at the folks' farm

Precious Grandbabies covered with chocolate from s'mores, playing hide and seek in the hay field...such wonderful summertime memories!

I marked the end of this month in my garden, pulling weeds, while all around me the air was filled with the heady fragrance of the Oriental lilies, various Garden Phlox, Roses and even some of the Daylilies that are fragrant. The moon was already glowing in the twilight sky and fireflies were in abundance, even landing on my arm and glowing brightly before flying off. I could hear Bill and Alex discussing something through the open kitchen window. I thought of this verse from the Psalms, Psalms 65:8 "Thou makest the outgoing of the morning and evening to rejoice" and I rejoiced along with God and this evening He had provided - in fact a whole month of these mornings and evenings!


SewMamaLady said...

Lovely! Thanks for sharing. :) Love that fiber/yarn.

Joanne said...

Love seeing your farm and sheep.
The fiber is gorgeous, too. And the way you describe the flowers and fragrances, reminds me of summers up north... Thanks.

Sister in KY said...

It is SO nice to find someone who loves our Lord AND enjoys so many of the same things I do! None of my Christian friends share my interests in spinning and 'all things fiber," and none of my fiber friends are believers!

I live in town, but long for the country, with sheep and chickens, so these blogs allow me to live that life vicariously.

My favorite wool to spin is Corrie, but I can only find one farm here in KY that raises them.

I was intrigued by your wool/silk noil blend. I have wanted colored noils in my natural-color yarn you buy it that way to card in? Where do you find it?

Blessings -

lynn in NJ said...

Hi Cary

What lovely pictures and I really like to read your posts. Miss you


Lynn T.

~ Phyllis ~ said...

Really enjoyed your blog.
That is a gorgeous color daylily.

Alpaca Granny said...

Where did the entire summer go, Cary? My critters and I have loved the cooler weather also. I miss you ♥ ♥ ♥