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It is the time of year to plan, plan and then plan.
We've been perusing the seed catalogues and checking the seed we already have. I've just about got my seed order ready now and am pleased to say that we need to buy very few. I'm looking forward to the possibility of Kev (An English Homestead) organising a seed swap as I have quite a few to throw into the mix.
We have decided to buy up to six lambs this year as we ended up cutting the grass last year, with two lambs making little impact on the grass. I'd rather like to get store lambs (i.e already reared and off the bottle) I shall keep an eye out for some.
Probably the most exciting plan (to me anyway!) is that we are considering having pigs!! it's years since we kept pigs so I am very excited, I do hope we can. Our Godson would like to join us in this venture, which should be fun. We will look to altering and adapting the inside of the barn to house them.
Reference the chickens we have the use of a new Buff Orpington cockerel, unrelated to our hens. We have put him and a couple of good BO hens in a separate run, When they start to lay we will hatch some BO chicks out. We are often asked for this breed of hen so hopefully we will be able to sell some.
YGD (and her black lab, Jed) came for the afternoon a few days ago and asked if she could sew something using my new machine. She has never used a machine before, so we were able to start from the beginning with some good sewing habits. She said that she would like to make another kerchief for her dog.
For Christmas I had made kerchiefs, that slot into their collars, for the six dogs that are connected to our family in one way or another. I made them from a pile of scrap dog paw print material, bought from a fabric shop for 50 pence. There was enough for them all with contrasting backing.
Here is Jed and Sammie on Christmas day having a power nap and wearing their kerchiefs.
Back to YGD - she cut out two squares of fabric from the stash - this was material sent by Weaver for our young quilters and now an even younger sewer was using the fabric. After tacking the squares together (right side facing) she machine sewed around the squares, leaving a couple of inches unsewn,
The dog collar then slips into the opening and Voila! it's done. She is very proud of the result and so she should be. Not a very good pic of Jed I'm afraid.
I have been watching the news today. The news of the shootings in Paris is so upsetting. Where will all this conflict and hate end I wonder. I want to "pull up the drawbridge" but know that that is pathetic and cowardly.