Catching Up Again

Well, I survived the 2nd county fair. Did ok there too, but nothing special. We had the same judge for the goats as at the first fair, but she saw most of the classes completely differently. Oh well, it was fun. This fair is much more like an old-fashioned county fair, so much more relaxed than the first. A little prize money added to the budget, which is never a bad thing.

The turkeys have been growing by leaps and bounds. I’m done to 7, which is the minimum I need to have any left for me. Today they got moved out to their new pen. They made the move fine, but Kid the Elder and I both ended up with huge scratches on our arms, and DIL ended up with a small bloody nose. Kid and I spent most of 2 days hanging netting over and around what used to be one of my goat pens. The little shelter in it unfortunately was partially burned by my idiot neighbor when he was burning weeds along the property line. I’ve jerry-rigged it for now. At some future date I will dig out the corner post of the shelter and replace it.

 There are plenty of weeds to keep them busy, they will have shelter from the worst of the weather, and they have 2 perches (one under the tarp, and one in the corner of the pen. They ate well after they were released in here, and when I went out to feed, they were hunkered down in the shade of the tarp:  You may have to click on the picture to see it bigger to pick them out. Amazing how they can disappear, as big as they already are.

Yesterday, I drove out to Laura’s. She had agreed to dye t-shirts for ARCA (our sheep breed association), and a large box with shirts, ball caps, tote bags and coffee mugs had been delivered. Since I had just finished test knitting a hat she wrote a pattern for, I drove over to give her my notes and to help with the dyeing. Laura has been playing with ice dyeing, and so we soaked all the cloth items in soda ash while we ate lunch, then scrunched them up on some filbert drying screens she had. Then we spread 30 pounds of ice across everything, and she started at one end with blues and purples,

 and I started at the other end with fuchsia, orange and yellow. We met in the middle, adding in green as we went  We spread plastic wrap over the top of everything and weighted down the edges with rocks, and then we tipped her skirting table over the top of everything to keep the wind from blowing things away. She’s going to rinse things off tonite or tomorrow morning and wash them to set the dyes. I’m really excited to see how everything turns out. We do a couple of raffle baskets at Oregon Flock and Fiber (OFFF), and this year will be using the tote bags to hold the donated items.

OFFF is coming up soon, and I need to get working on a few things for my inventory. Laura and I will be sharing a booth in the animal barn (which we also did last year). I still need to finish my farm sign too, but I did manage to pick up a couple of things at Michael’s the other day, which will look good on the tables filled with goodies. Plus, they are obviously sent by my daughter, since they both have her motto on them (Dance Like Nobody’s Watching)

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3 Responses to “Catching Up Again”

  1. Laura Says:

    It was fun – your pictures are better than mine!! And it was 60 lbs. of ice – oh my! They’re getting rinsed today, and then washed and dried. They’re looking really good, with one color-way certain to be a hit with Ducks fans!!

    Too bad your turkeys took exception to being moved with physical damage to you all… They look happy, and happy turkeys grow well!

  2. Leigh Says:

    “Dance Like Nobody’s Watching”. I love it! Very interesting about your turkey set up. Sounds like turkey wrestling can be dangerous to your person however. 🙂

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