August: What’s new on the farm!

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goatsWhat a month! We had hot, hot and very dry weather. Between July and August, we didn’t have any real rain for about six weeks which was even more of a problem because of the really hot temperatures. dry fieldThe second cut of hay was very poor: we had 7 hay bales when we can usually expect 15. We had to buy hay quickly, before the prices jump too high (due to the low hay crop in our region and surrounding areas).

Hay

Hay

We also bought straw and again we struggled to find any. We found some from Cornwall (although not really far away the drought over there is more severe than ours).

straw

straw

Now we’re ready for winter.

This lack of water has also affected our well and our pond. pondUnfortunately, the worst weeks happened when we had many family members visiting our home for our daughter’s wedding. We had to take drastic measures to preserve our well for us: we let the swimming pool turn green swimming pooland we used this water supply for the gardengarden. We went several times to the communal well filling our 1200 L water tank in order to give water to our animals. We did our laundry in town at the Laundromat, ate a lot of picnics to avoid dirty dishes, and did every other little thing we could think of not to waste water …

Luckily, for the last couple of weeks we have had nice rain, helping the fields to be green again and (finally) filling the well.green field

While they were visiting many family members helped us with our different chores on the farm: trimming hooves,trimming hoovesmilking goats, collecting waterIMAG2846 collecting water, only to name a few.

(Since I know many of you are reading this post let me say a big thank you from all of us for your participation.)

It was also in this month that we separated our strongest baby males from their mothers to be weaned.weaning males IMAG2892

In Mohair news!:

Arctic wolf

We are delighted to report at long last that we received our yarns: Arctic Wolf,

arctic wolf

arctic wolf

Swan’s Down

swan's down

swan’s down

, AmeliaIMAG2907

Amelia

Amelia

, Prairie Crocus

Prairie Crocus

Prairie Crocus

and several rovingsIMG_1895 rovings. We’ll be listing them over the next few weeks on Les Belles Bouclettes. If you’ve been waiting for one feel free to get in touch and we can send it out right away. We are also planning on dyeing some

dyed yarns and locks

dyed yarns and locks

, and there are some new options available, look for a blog post on yarn very soon!

(And for those of you who know about Canada Post’s threatened disruptions we want to let all our customers know we have alternatives planned and your orders will ship on time!)

For now hope all our readers have a wonderful Labour Day weekend, and good luck as you settle back into September’s routines!

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