Sunday Afternoon Cottage Visit

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As we were working on my cottage, one of the things I loved to do was to take a little lunch out and go and visit.  Just hang out, learn the space and enjoy it.  Day dream about where things would go and what I would do.

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The funny thing is that the animals liked to come and visit to see what I was doing.  Why was I hanging out at the little barn?  They just didn’t know what to think of the whole situation.  Evee, our dog, loved to visit, and then to protect me from the sheepies!  Crazy girl.  IMG_8427 IMG_8429 IMG_8430

For awhile, one corner of the cottage was the tool shed!  It was just a little too annoying to walk back and forth for things, so we just started a little pile of all the stuff that we kept needing.  Now that the cottage is finished, I do want to make a little tool shed/deck box sort of situation out here for just those kinds of things that I don’t want to trudge back and forth for!  A few gardening tools, birdseed, perhaps a bit of cleaning supplies like buckets or window cleaners, that sort of thing.  Want to keep everything easy and handy!

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I just love my front door…  being able to see out and to let in sunshine is just so much of what I love about this little space of mine.  The big house is rather dark and just kind of well, dark.  I wouldn’t say foreboding, but it’s just designed in a way that it’s not very bright inside.  We have been trying to replace a few of the awful windows in there and lighten up the space, but I think it’s always going to be a little on the dark side.  But not my cottage!  It’s so bright in there that I actually had to get a couple darkening blinds for my sleeping area!  They do help when I’d like to sleep in a little bit longer than dawn!!!

Just wanted to share the cute photos of what an afternoon visit to the construction site felt like. Super amazing, if you ask me!   Dream come true!!!

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Long time…

 

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Oh, I am sorry, it has been a while, hasn’t it.  I just haven’t been in the right head space lately to do anything routine and regular.  Well, working, that is about it.   I do think about blogging and there sure has been a lot going on, but still, just run out of hours at the end of the day!

As you may have seen on the Facebook page, we’ve had a busy end of summer and fall doing some construction and deconstruction projects!  Mostly, getting my tiny house ready for winter so that I could move in.  I did and I absolutely love and adore the space!!!   Can’t wait to get to spring and start working more on the outside!!!  I have so many plans, imagine that!

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It’s all so beautiful in the cottage now, All drywalled and painted and filled up with my stuff and all the whimsy that I adore.  Probably a little bit more than I need but that will level out as the months go on.  I just find the place to be so restful and helping me to recover from the hard year that 2020 was!  It had good points, but mostly it was a year of loss and struggle.  But, well, we were not the only ones by far, so it’s time to move on and get some springtime here to brighten our lives again!

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Jessy started demo in her room…  rooms?   She has had one of the smallest bedrooms in the house, aside from my old room, and the odd thing is that there was another room right next to it, that just begged to be made into a suite.  We checked and the wall between was not a load bearing wall, but we still put a heavy duty header in there to be safe.  Now she has one bigger room that is slightly segmented, but it will be wonderful.

Unfortunately, as we got working, it was almost the holiday rush season and well, it’s still a little rough.  However, she is in the final stages…  primer and paint!   And then some flooring choices and she will be able to start moving in!  She will need some window trim and such, but so does the rest of the house and Maggie wants to learn how to make trim on her router in the woodshop so we are going to do all the trim at the same time!   Crazy, I know, but it does make sense.  The cottage needs it, as well as the kitchen, studio, bathroom and now Jessy’s room!   Thats a lot of trim to make for sure.  IMG_9167

I will try and get caught up.  I have several little folders of photos and stories to share.  I do miss this sort of longer journaling, rather than the shortie bits on Facebook and Instagram.  It’s just that sometimes things just get in the way.  You know, life.

I hope all are good and I know that there are probably not that many readers anymore.  But I promise to give it a good shot and if anything, it’s a great way to document our crazy life for us!  Sort of like blog scrapbooking…

Stay tuned!

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The 2020 Sheep Shearing…

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Juniper just wants a little off the sides and a cute flip on the top.

When you have sheep, you usually have fleece.  At least, when you have wool sheep and that is what our gang is.  Shetland, Finn and a few Shetland-Finn crosses.  And they were well ready for hairdo day!   We had a little trouble finding a shearer.  The fellow from last year had gotten way too busy and we were once again up against the deadlines.  We really like to shear in May or at the very latest, June.  And with our serious flood this spring, it had just pushed things back to June…  IMG_8123 IMG_8128

All the cute little baby gang were confused.  What the heck was going on?  Why where all the mommas hanging out in this little bit of the screen porch?  Why were the food ladies all standing around and waiting?  Who was the new fellow with the clippers and such?  They pretty quickly learned that something exciting was about to happen!

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Little Freya learning from Uncle Angus all about the activities of the day!

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Looks like Maggie is taking haircut orders from the ladies!

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Jessy loves to hold the baby lambs and she has a hold of big old baby Gary!   He was born on my dad’s birthday and just about the same time he was born, so it was an easy name for him…  Gary the sheep!  He was a surprise baby from his mommy Linden.   Apparently, she had snuck out on a date with Lukkus that we had not planned!!!  That was a crazy day…  We were like, where the heck did this lamb come from?  Linden wasn’t talking…  she was too frazzled herself as a first time momma!

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Pixie with her triplets!  She raised the two big boys, Loki and Thor…  and we raised her daughter, Freya since Pixie had refused to keep more than two.  It was okay, it’s always interesting to raise a bottle baby.  A lot of work, but it builds memories for sure.  And we made sure that Freya got lots of visitation time with her brothers and mom…

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Lukkus was the first one and he let all his flock know that it was just okay to get this done.   Five minutes later and he was clean shaven and popped out into the middle yard to itch and rub and frolic without his heavy fleece!!

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The rest were sheared in decent time and by 45 minutes to the dot, we were all finished up!  I love to have a professional shearer come to the farm.  They are worth their weight in gold!  Just about an hour with set up and take down and shearing and all is done.  It took me like 3 hours to do one sheep with my inability to shear correctly and with confidence!  And it’s really pretty reasonable as well…  usually a farm fee of $50 to $75 and then $5 an animal!  Can’t beat that with a stick!  We always tip generously…  it’s so worth it.

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The babies are always so funny…  They don’t recognize their moms after new hairdo day!  And for an hour or so they wander about crying and trying to comfort each other as they search for their REAL moms…  haha…  eventually, they come to realize that that sexy clean shaven ewe is their own sweet momma!  But it is kinda silly to watch them bob around and just not understand at ALL!

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Goldie, one of our hens, had a good time watching and then went off to hang out in a garden box! Crazy little chicken…  All in all a very successful shearing!  We will have lots of wool to process and make into some beautiful yarns soon!!!

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