Our litter of ten rabbit kits born Monday February 16th are healthy and lively. They will be available for purchase before Easter. Colors range from white to tan to grey to mixtures of each. Angora rabbits do require a certain amount of care and grooming, but make wonderful pets or sources of angora fiber for fiber arts and crafts.
Although we tend to card much of our wool and sell rolags for spinning and knitting, we will offer any of our freshly sheared fleece for purchase as is (after skirting and washing, if desired).
From our Jacob sheep, three adult fleece and two yearling fleece (first shearing) will be available. Check out our Jacob sheep webpage for more information.
the annual shearing of our Jacob sheep. For now, their thick heavy coats of wool protect from winter winds and cold. Especially for our ladies (pictured here), however, shearing should occur prior to spring lambing which begins mid March.
Pictured below, from left to right, are Maggie, Emma (the seven-month-old lamb), and Maisey.
Let's hope there are little lambs growing beneath all of that wool! We will be happy with two, overjoyed with three, ecstatic with four ...
Perhaps not the most common variety for Valentine's Day, but I must admit a fair partiality for these lemongrass hearts. Check out our webpage The Soap Store for an updated listing of goat milk soap offerings!
Posting updated photos of our grand sire, Jackson, who hopefully will become a father again sometime around mid March. He spent October and November with the ewes, but is now returned to his own pasture. Such a handsome fellow with a perfect set of horns ...
Angora fiber is one of the most luxurious for spinning and knitting, and our two-month-old rabbit kits are well on their way to producing beautiful coats of fur.
Out of this litter, I have to admit the grey is my personal favorite.
We currently breed angora rabbits for their fiber which we pluck through brushing and combing. The angora kits we offer for sale are not registered, but will make good fiber producers or pets. Contact us if interested!
Our Jacob sheep ram lamb no longer looks like a lamb, of course, though he will remain so until his first birthday in March. Although his horns have suffered a few bloody mishaps this past year, he is producing an excellent fleece, and we look forward to his first shearing next month.
Feel free to contact us if you are a hand spinner and desire to reserve his fleece prior to our late February shearing.
Eight to ten weeks away from the beginning of our spring kidding and lambing season, a marked widening of the hips for our Nigerian Dwarf does hopefully signals the growth of little ones. Of course heavy winter coats also contribute to thicker bodies, but our two bred ladies are showing marked gains of late.
Five months is the gestation period for our goats who were placed with their buck in mid-October through early December. We dried off milk production so their bodies could focus on the growth of little ones (hopefully plural) throughout the winter months.
Of course, they've yet to ask me for a bowl of ice cream, so perhaps I'm overly confident ...
Since I have spent most of my life as an outdoor photographer, I make no great claims to step-by-step pictorial instructions for making much of anything. Below, however, I've stepped through the process we use for creating our goat milk soap. Nothing fancy. Just the basics.
For the purpose of soap-making, I freeze our goat milk in ice cube trays then bag the cubes or use them right away.
Oils are measured in ounces. Olive oil, castor oil, coconut oil, palm oil, grapeseed oil, and sweet almond oil are our most commonly used.
After hardening for twenty-four to forty-eight hours, the individual bars of soap are loosened from their molds and spread to dry. The hardening process generally takes four to six weeks until all moisture has evaporated and the soap is ready for personal use.
With temperatures in the teens, our Jacob sheep sported a cool coat of frost atop their wool this morning before the sunshine reached their pasture.
Except for our sire ram who perhaps is generating enough heat to stay frostproof.
Somehow our young ram Rex (aged nine months) managed to appear as if he rolled in forest debris this morning. And then there is little Emma (aged five months), his betrothed ...
This is our story, in real time and in photos. It is neither unique nor unusual nor extraordinary. But it is our story.