Join us this Saturday for the Huntingdon Heritage Festival on the court square. The One Way Music and Arts Festival begins around 9:30, and the Dry Hollow Farm booth will be open throughout the day.
brings a fair amount of water splashing through our fields!
Bad timing for a tractor malfunction ...
We completed our first hay mowing this past weekend. Although higher may prove preferable, the grass is primarily a clover mix. We seeded a blend in spring and hope opening the fields will promote further growth.
Check out USA Today's travel website for a photo montage entitled "Tennessee in 40 Postcard-Perfect Images." The 29th photo shows our country road following a winter ice storm. While I walked down the road to snap this photograph on a Sunday morning in early December, our two mares watched from a distance (note their presence in the background). To the right lies one patch of our woods and our house is located just around the bend. I am an occasional iStock contributor, the source of the photo for USA Today.
I'm not certain how most "farmers" (still using this term loosely for our undertakings!) seed hayfields and pastures in the spring, but our family chose this method yesterday. Or perhaps we just used the mechanical and human resources at our disposal ...
Thank goodness spring has finally arrived! It's been a long, long winter.
Unfortunately, I also discovered the first tick of the season (which I chose not to photograph).
This was my first attempt at carding and creating a wool rolag (useful for spinning or felting) of which I was inordinately proud. Until, that is, I reviewed carding websites and online video tutorials and realized this did not appear to be a satisfactory end result.
After spending much of the afternoon and evening "getting the hang" of hand carding, I produced a basketful of what I hope will prove to be more acceptable (and more airily wound) rolags.
It's a learning experience, I suppose.
These rolags will soon be available for purchase for hand spinning or felting projects.
One spring project is the expansion of pasture with the hope of increasing our flocks of sheep and goats. Posts are cut from the straightest trees we can find on our property (mostly cedar for longevity), then holes are dug with the tractor and a mounted post-hole digger. The amount of moisture we've received these past few weeks makes for good digging.
This is our story, in real time and in photos. It is neither unique nor unusual nor extraordinary. But it is our story.