Tuesday

Five Years Ago ...

Five years ago, I hit the enter key to launch White Sheep Farm On September 26, 2009. One of my very first posts was about my homegrowns ... And only 2 comments were left ... Actually, my first week and month of posts were about my farm and homegrowns. But was told by a group of people on ETSY that my blog would never fly, and I needed to sell myself and my items.I listened for awhile, but never felt very good about selling myself or my product. I still, after all this time have a very hard time in doing just that ...
So, I switched gears, if I sold things I did, if I didn't well, that was okay too. I found this Sweet Annie post, and thought you all might be interested in how I started with sweet Annie. I have been growing, harvesting and selling her for six wonderful years, to hubby's dismay, you see he is highly allergic to her. I still love to talk about the farm, my sheep, garden, wool, spinning and crafting.I am so glad that I did not listen to those who told me my blog would never fly. I don't think I ever wanted my blog to fly, I just want it to glide along.
So, just want to give a big thank you to all who have been following me from the start and to those who have just started following, welcome and thanks for stopping by the farm. 

Teri

Hay! Happy Fall ...


 Good morning,
I guess I 'm off by a day but, Happy Fall Y'all anyway. As always it has been a very busy year here at the farm ... even more so this year with the addition of hubby's business.
Anyway, if you recall his shop came with 7 acres of land. And that land is beautiful pasture land , that has been used for cutting hay for quite a long time. So as the new owners of this land we cut a deal with the farmer who has been cutting this land for years. So this year all my hay is organic! Something I have been wanting for quite a few years now. And it also cost me zero dollars out of pocket! And the part that I like is that I don't have to use any land here at the farm.
Here is some of it all loaded down on the trailer.
 And the last of my fresh Sweet Annie went out yesterday ... So to all of those who purchased this year a big thank you! And to those who did not quite make the cut off date, as said please inquire earlier next year. Or place you order a year in advance, like most of my customers do.
I now only have dried to offer and the price on that is $5.50 a bundle or 2 for $10.00 + shipping.Please contact me at the top of the page. Just a few rows of Annie drying, I have added more rows in the barn. My barn has never smelled so good.
 And my Limelight Hydrangeas are just perfect now, I have dried a few dozen of them, I also made a very EASY wreath for my dining room ...
 Love the colors, that the Limelight puts out ... Beautiful!
 Anyway, things are moving along here at the farm, most all wood for the season is stacked in the wood barn. We still have several more rick to get. The sheep's hay is under cover, rams have been separated from the ewes.All my herb beds have been cut back, all Sweet Annie is hanging to dry. And my stash that I keep for seeds is drying out. The mornings are getting cooler, and the leaves are just starting to show some of their color. The peach tree leaves are blowing into the pasture for the sheep to nibble on ... The bird feeders are filled, and have had several visitors on these cool mornings. I can't think of one thing that I don't like about this season. Have a great fall week and thanks for stopping by the farm. 

Teri
Supplies to make wreath ...

Thursday

Extra ... Extra ... Extra ...

All fresh Sweet Annie is now sold out! Thank you to all who purchased!
I will be cutting and drying the last of it this weekend, so if you are interested in dried bundles please place your order early, as I will have a very limited amout of the dried as well.
Contact me at the above contact tab. Thanks!
Yes, that's right, I have a few extra Sweet Annie bundles for sale ... Annie was very good to me this year ... Even with filling all my orders I still have a limited amount left, so if you are interested in picking up some FRESH Sweet Annie, please contact me at the top of the page. All sales are on a first come first serve ... I will fill a Priority Shoe box up to 1 lb. for $5.00 + shipping.Between $6.00 - $8.00
Cut and shipped the same day. Thanks for stopping by the farm!

Teri

Tuesday

And the Winner is ...


Using the random generator I plugged in 1 -15  As that is how many entries there were. Someone had commented twice. So, the winner of the sweet Annie wreath is # 2 Myra. So myra,please contact me with your shipping info. And thanks for stopping by the farm. 

Teri

Sunday

It's About Time ... For a Giveaway ...

I have just realized that I have not done a giveaway in quite some time ... Boy, where does the time go anyway? Has anybody ever figured that one out?  I tried to think of something to make for this and I kept coming back to a wreath. I love them! On everything, everywhere, made for most anything. So with most all of my Sweet Annie sold, (preorders)  and keeping some aside for myself, (I grow a lot of it) I thought why not make a fresh Annie wreath. So, this giveaway is for a fresh Sweet Annie wreath. Size will be about 24 x 18 inches. It will be made fresh and shipped the same or next day it is made. This wreath will dry into a nice fall brown color over the months to come. I love this wreath and made several of them for my house last year. The next
photo is of my fresh Sweet Annie wreath from last year.
This is what the wreath will look similar to that the winner will receive.
And this is what it looks like a year later  Still so pretty and smells great!
 Okay, so on to a few rules. I don't have many, so the ones I do have I really like them to be followed.

1. Only one (1) entry per person and you must be a follower of the farm. New or old is fine. This does not include following by e mail. Your photo must appear at the bottom of my page under followers of the farm. You can also follow me on my Google+ page, there is a link at the bottom of the page for that as well. But, if I don't see your name or face, then you can not enter.

2.  All entries must be received by Monday September 1, 2014 at 5 p.m. CST. There are no exceptions to this. So that gives you 14+ days to enter.

3. Winner will be drawn by random generator (if possible) if not then names will be written and drawn.
Winner will be announced on September 2, 2014 by 9 a.m. CST
Winner has 24 hours to contact me through my contact page at the top of this page. If I do not receive your shipping info within 24 hours you will forfeit your winnings and NO other winner will be drawn.

NOTE:
Sweet Annie does not get harvested until the very end of August, or the beginning of September.
Please allow up to 5 days for me to make and ship. Winner will be contacted when package ships.
Also, some people might be allergic to this herb, if so please enter with caution.
So here is the part where I say the same thing as I always do, PLEASE, if you do not think that you will be able to contact me, or be able to follow any of these rules, than I ask please do not enter.
This allows for others who want to win a better chance at it. Thank you for understanding and
thanks for stopping by the farm. 

Teri

Tuesday

Cutting Back ...

This summer has been a strange one to say the least ... In the beginning of the season we had no rain, for weeks and weeks and weeks. Then if we were lucky we would get a passing shower for a few minutes. I really thought we were going to be in another drought situation like a few years back. Then this past week we started getting a little rain. Well, this weekend we got tons of it ... 
It rained almost all day Saturday, and Sunday and Monday and today looks like much of the same. I am not complaining one bit.When the lack of rain came it did a few things to my plants. My blackberries, or a really good portion of them just dried up on the stems. Most all of my grapes where eaten by the birds, and my cutting flowers pretty much just produced little to no blooms.
This is some of my Cat mint I cut back about 3 weeks ago. You can see it is about 12 inches and lush green again.
 My yellow Yarrow was cut back just about 2 weeks ago now, and again, all new grow is coming back.
 And I just cut back the day lilies yesterday, these will not/or should not regrow at this late stage. I cut them back to make room for the fall mums I plant here. I like a little bit of fall color in my flower beds.
 This is sweet Annie, as you can see she is right on schedule. She is now starting to develop her seed pods.
Such a tried and true herb. Just love watching these plants grow.
Here a just a few of them in the back of my shed.
And a few more in with the Tansy and Yarrow ...
A few of my herbs drying for wreaths I will be making for fall.

This seems to be all my perennials are good for this year ... a black Hollyhock has gone to seed.
Been an odd weather year here, last week when I came home from work it sounded an smelled like early fall. Won't be long now, I will be glad to get this summer gone. And move into cooler less humid air.
I also want to say thank you to the few people who comment on my posts I do appreciate every comment. And for those who email regular. Hope YOU all have a great week, and thanks for stopping by the farm.

Teri

Monday

Less = More ...

Good morning,
With the sale of the last of the spring Cheviot lambs and my 4 year old Cheviot ram, the white sheep at White Sheep Farm are at a count of 4. Yes! Only 4 Cheviot's left. I have to say that it will be a sad day for me when the last one goes. They have been my way of life for almost a decade. And to go from 30 to 4 is a big deal for me. But, I have to remember that my body is just not able to do certain things that it once could. Like having a 200 lb sheep run into you, running from a ram, being kicked while you are trying to shear, trim hooves and so on. 
I know that all the Cheviot's I sold this year are going to people who researched the breed and want them, picked them ... searched me out to buy them. So for that I feel very thankful!
Still a few Cheviot's left in this photo.
And with less Cheviot's I will now increase my Shetland flock. I do hope that next year I can find a white breeding ram. And a few registered ewe lambs.
I would like to keep about 40 Shetlands when all the Cheviot's are gone. Right now I have about twenty, I really have not stopped long enough to count them.
 Even though we have had less rainfall than I can remember in a few years, the pastures are staying green and lush. But, we still need rain ...
These Limelight Hydrangeas have been so pretty for the past few weeks.
Sun was just coming up over the ridge when I snapped this one.
 Almost ready to start going through their color change and then drying...
Hope you all have a great week, and thanks for stopping by the farm.

 Teri

Sweet, Sweet Annie ...

 Good morning
If you all remember back on July 9th I showed this photo of a few of my volunteer Annie plants ... 
And if you remember I said they still got a lot to grow yet ...
So here is what they look like now .... Three weeks later ...
And they will grow a little more before they are ready to cut ... LOVE the smell of them ... 
Already been cutting and drying some Silver King, Cat mint, Yarrow and Tansy. How is your gardens doing? Busy canning peach jam ... Have a great week and thanks for stopping by the farm. 

Teri

Sunday

Addition and Subtraction ...

Addition and Subtraction ... that is what has been going on here at the farm. Moving forward with the downsizing (subtraction) of my Cheviot's and the increasing of my Shetland flock I have two new additions that I added to the flock this past weekend. A couple of cute redheads ... I love the Moorit color on these girls, one is a little lighter than the other ... When the deal for the white ram in TN. fell through, (as I figured it would) I made a deal with another woman for these two girls. I traded my BL twin ewe lambs. I still hope to find a white Shetland ram ... or possibly breed these girls to my spotted ram lamb. Either way, they are two little cuties ... I named the dark one Isabella, and still need another I name for the other.
A few months back, I had noticed that my Shetland ram was acting a little different, upon inspection we noticed that his horns had grown so much in the past few years that they were pushing into the sides of his jaw. Poor Blinkin, did not have very good horn genetics. So I started searching on line for answers ... well, there really was not much in the way of answers, just a few Youtube videos that showed how easy it was to trim their horns. So we, me and hubby set out to do some trimming ... It really is a good thing that Blinkin is such an easy going ram. Hubby got the saws-all out and started cutting ... Well the next thing you know blood is going everywhere ... With blood stop on hand (just in case) I stared to add it to a rag and place at the end where it was cut ... rag, after rag, after rag, was loaded with blood stop powder an applied ...After calling the vet ... he said that yes, it would stop and yes it did ... only after taking about 5 years off my life ...
We bandaged his horn up with more blood stop powder and duct tape ... put him in the stall and kept an eye on him for 24 hours ... he was fine ... a little lopsided, but fine. We made an appointment for the next weekend to have the other side done ... It took the vet no time at all to cut with a wire ... Here is what he looks like now ... still a little lopsided but, he can see better and nothing pushing into his face, You can almost see his smile ...
This is how much was cut off ...
I wanted to show you what Israel looks like now ... she is a beautiful Mioget colored ewe lamb, and has such a sweet disposition.
It's funny to see more colored sheep in the pasture than white sheep now ... I have but a few Cheviot's left ...They have been such good sheep, that I will keep three of the small girls and breed them with my Shetlands for good now ... I love the look and size, and the colors are so pretty.  I really am getting such beautiful fleece colors ... and speaking of fleece, I still have to skirt May's shearing, all the fleeces are in pillow cases in the shed ... I might hold off until it gets a bit cooler ... Have a great week and thanks for stopping by the farm. 

Teri

Wednesday

Summer ... But not The Lazy Dayz ...

 Good Morning,
Well, as I write this post, I think surely there must be someone, somewhere enjoying the lazy  days of summer ... Unfortunately it is not me ...
So I thought I would show you a few summer shots of the farm ...
This is a few volunteers of sweet Annie, as you can see they are about 5 feet tall, and still growing.
 Love the yellow day lilies ...
 Bee Balm intertwined with Cat mint ...
 I have already cut some of my Yarrow for drying ...
And my most favorite flower of summer ..

And this is why ... can you see how many birds there are on these sunflowers?
mini pumpkins ...
Grapes are doing great ...
And most all the lambs will be gone this weekend ...
These two are part of the triplets, One raised by mom and these two by me and hubby.
Iris and Ida ... they will go with their other sister.
Hope you all are a gettin a chance to enjoy your lazy days of this hot, dry summer ... I am thinking and wishing for fall ... Have a great week and thanks for stopping by the farm. 

Teri

Tuesday

Open ...

After 2 long months of every weekend, every spare minute, and every last bit of energy,
 Precision Automotive is now open for business. Hubby finishing up some last minute wiring. He moved tool boxes, work benches and equipment most all weekend.
 We also got the office-waiting area all set for now ... The doors still have to be painted.
 Plenty of chairs for waiting for your repairs ... and a small TV to pass the time.
 A few more touches to the walls and done.
 And I had time for a little, and I do mean little July 4th dressing up. 
God bless America.
Have a safe and Happy 4th of July weekend and thanks for stopping by the farm. 

Teri

Monday

The Home Stretch ... And a Recycled Quick Craft ...

First, I want to say thank you to all who e mailed me to see if everything was okay ...Well, the months are flying by, and I find it almost unthinkable that I have not posted in almost 2 months. With hubby's shop taking the fore front of all things ... it has been very challenging here as of late ... I also have had a rough go of it with Bronchitis ... Anyway, we( he) is about 2 weeks away from opening his shop ... I am very excited for him, and glad that his dream will be soon realized ...
This is a photo that was taken about a month ago ... I will show the completed waiting room, hall and bathroom when complete.
Since then the framing has been completed, the walls have all been sheet-rocked, and painted, a counter built, electricity ... and everything that needs to be done is almost complete.
We are hoping for a July,1st opening ...
And then onto the house ... We will try to get a little work done this summer, but the heat is over bearing at times when you are working without A.C.
Anyway, more fencing will be done on the small pasture, to finally rid the electronet fencing and to make room for a second Shetland ram lamb ... I am excited about him ... he is all white ... And you all know how I love my white sheep.However, I will not be getting this guy ... the woman decided to not deliver on the deal!
I think he will be named Ira ... As this being my ninth year rising sheep, they all are named with the letter "I".

Recycled Quick Craft 
While doing some heavy cleaning earlier, a few months back, I realized I still had this boxwood wreath that I displayed on this old cabinet at Christmas. It was made from fresh boxwood, and is just a small one, about 10 inches or so. As you can see it is past it's prime ... really it passed it's prime about 4 months ago ... but I just could not throw it away ... now before you go thinking I am a pack rat, I am not. As mentioned in the beginning of this paragraph, I did heavy cleaning ... meaning I (we) brought about 4 truck loads of blanket, quilts, clothing, furniture, and yes, even some of my primitive to the Goodwill. But ... call me strange, I LOVE wreaths, mostly dried herbs, twigs and such. Anyway, this is what I started with.
 it still has a pretty shape to it ...
So I grabbed some white spray paint ...
and sprayed ...
the dried leaves held the paint very nicely.
 Now I have a new wreath for my cupboard door ...
so don't stop at white ... how about  spraying and old wreath for whatever holiday you like ... red, white and blue ... gold, silver, orange ... the possibilities are endless ...who knows, come around October, it might be sprayed black.
Happy recycling and as always thanks for stopping by the farm.
AND for taking the time to check up on me!
Teri