The wethers will have what I call “hunkered down” this week to get out of the snow, the wind, or the frost.so will all the other animals wherever they are.
For those of you not accustomed to farming terms…a baby sheep is a lamb, a female sheep is a ewe, a mother sheep is a dam, a male sheep( entire or intact) is a ram, and a castrated male sheep is a wether.
Onto the weather. with snow falls ranging from 10cm up to 70 cm( this is 28 inches) in both the South and North Islands. Many roads have been closed, school bus morning schedules delayed until the frost had started to melt, and a blizzard on the ski field about 2 hours north of us. A friend who lives between Taupo and Napier has had a huge washout on the side road where they live, he says 3 buses could drop into it, and they have no access to a main road. I hope they have ample coffee and other necessities!!!
Tonight,a few magical moments in the western skies. I thought hard about whether I would venture out, gale southerly winds, freezing cold, so quickly donned hat, neck warmer, Gore-Tex coat, and caught the last of that glorious red. Those colours change so fast, in those few moments the deepest red had almost all gone.
Inside, Joyce and I have been busy stitching, and some are by hand,some with the machine. Naturally Boris had to be in for the fun as well. The first two patterns, or 3 photos, are from Jacquelynne Steves “ Maggies First Dance BOM” .
The square box is a scrap and thread catcher, with machine thread stitching on 4 panels. An international lot of goodies… Calico from China maybe. inside fabric from Japan, silk binding from Singapore, and this pattern and the next one are from New Jersey where Jacquelynne lives. Hop to her blog to find more.
This is the same pattern, Joyce did hers with hand embroidery.
This will be a pocket on a bag, made in the red silk.
Some other stitching by Joyce, these will all go onto bags, so I am going to be a busy girl sometime soon.
The fires are going all day and night, we reached a mighty 5 Celsius yesterday, ( for us here, that is low!!!) and I am so thankful for a plentiful supply of firewood.
Quotation of the day, from Bob Dylan
“If you think the summer sun is too hot,
at least you don’t have to shovel it”
Greetings from Jean