A Tumble Creek Farm Ewe

A Tumble Creek Farm Ewe
One of many

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Winter Is Here

Good Morning, Winter! It started snowing yesterday and has not stopped. Fairly light snowfall and very dry, but building up and the temp has dropped to 9. Looking for a whopping 20 today. Good thing I didn't shear on Monday so my 9-tooth comb is still waiting to work.
This is the view from the front door. It's a bit cold to step out very far and I have not swept off the 4" of snow. Please use the back door when visiting for the next few days. I know the mountains are under that cloud and should be back in a day or so.

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Waiting for Winter...still...

Here we are in February, waiting for winter to get started and lambs to arrive. Clear blue skies with a nip in the air.

The ewes are very close to their delivery date and if the weather cooperates I'll be shearing soon. Then the fiber can be shipped off to my favorite processor to be made into roving for my dyeing pleasure. I may even find some natural colored fleeces to ship as well. It's fun to 'clean' the studio--I never know what I'm going to find! Hummmm, what colors should I play with next...

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Spring Is in the Air--Maybe...

Lambing is over for 2013, the sun is shining through the storm clouds, the grass is turning green, and the work is still waiting. Plans are being made for the season's upcoming shows to let the public see our Bluefaced Leicesters up close and hands on. My goal is to introduce folks to their mild temperaments and fabulous fiber while awards are a very nice side benefit for the display booths. Enjoy these photos of the new lambs.
Millie and her ewe lamb
Ram lamb and a sunny day

Maddi's ram

Ewe lamb smiling
Twenty-six lambs for the year, four are shades of silvers, all out of the new imported bloodlines.                                

Contact tumblecreekfarm@gmail.com for more information and photos if you would like to reserve your next ram. A few ewe lambs will be available too.

Also available are three two-year-old proven rams, all white, with UK sires.

Sunday, March 3, 2013

One More Update...

Purebred Bluefaced Leicester lambs are arriving daily but we are on the downhill slide now.

Reservations are now being taken and there is a great selection.We are offering small flocks (2 ewes + 1 unrelated ram), and individuals in white and natural colored. 
Several of the rams that are now two years and new yearlings are available also. This year I used four rams from UK bloodlines with fantastic results. Contact tumblecreekfarm@gmail.com for more information and photos.

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

New Lambs Now, More Coming Soon

OUTSIDE ACTIVITIES: The sunny days are bringing the lambs. I pasture bred this year so the lambs are not quite as close together as in the past when I have done AI, but wonderful to see what the new rams have produced here at Tumble Creek Farm.

Last spring I purchased two rams--a yearling X1 offspring and a second generation lamb from Heddon Valley breeding. Here they are in their untrimmed splendor while in quarantine. They were intently watching the granddaughters running on the lawn so it was a good time to catch a few pictures. Lambs will be available from both of these sires in June.

INSIDE ACTIVITIES: Every once in a while I work, yes I actually go to work and earn a paycheck, for an auctioneer. I sit beside her and write down the important stuff--the description of the item, who buys it and for how much. That means that I really have to listen and pay attention to just her chatter even while the display personnel hand me the next item to get the info from the tag to try to be one step ahead. Usually the items for sale are western themed like bits and spurs, saddles, art, antique kitchen and houseware items, furniture, etc, but every once in a while there is something of interest to me. So last weekend I noticed a piece that just didn't fit so I changed my routine and got a buyer's number. In the midst of selling small miscellaneous items it pops up, I bid, the sale closed and I had won! Here is a picture of my new toy.
Yep, it's a 1925-ish Circular Sock Machine (CSM). Some attach to a tabletop but this one has legs attached. I just hope that my recent purchase of sizes 0-3 long circular knitting needles was not in vain. I have been searching for info about it and hoping the book I ordered will tell me how to feed and care for this machine. It seems to be in fairly good condition, no rust, and only a few slightly bent needles. What fun!

Sunday, February 3, 2013

And another one down...

Another Super Bowl has past--Congratulations to the Ravens. However, being on the west coast we all cheered for the 49ers.
We had a great party at our son's and Callie made two wonderful cakes, one chocolate and one lemon.
Most of the San Francisco cake came home with us for another day. Lambs should be arriving soon and I'm planning ahead for energy food!

And the winner for the Best Commercial of the Super Bowl goes to ... Dodge Ram and Paul Harvey for "And God Made a Farmer!" The group was very loud during all the other commercials but this one started and everyone stopped and listened--an amazing feat. Yes, we have a Dodge Ram in the driveway too. Good night.

Saturday, February 2, 2013

Happy New Year!

Technically a bit late, I know, but let's start the new year now when the lambs start arriving. One set of triplets have arrived from my new ram Xtra and a beautiful Rhayader ewe. Several more ewes of other bloodlines were bred to him so there is a good opportunity to obtain these new genetics.

We are experiencing spring weather but still very cold nights. The sunny warmer days give me a chance to catch up on a few chores but others will have to wait until the ground thaws. Some of my pastures will be overseeded this year while some areas will be rototilled and reseeded. We were successful in adding a new pasture at the street and will finish the other end of it when I can get the tractor down there. There is still field burning to be done and all the yard debris that is waiting as well. 

This year I am offering a small flock of natural colored ewes and an unrelated ram for sale. These are from UK bloodlines and have beautiful silvery fleeces. Contact me at tumblecreekfarm@gmail.com for more info.
There is wool in the dyepot for the upcoming High Desert Wool Grower's FIBER MARKET DAY. In years past I was very involved with this event but had to step back for a time. I have decided to share a booth with a friend this year and will have beautiful Bluefaced Leicesters represented. Another big show to prepare for is Black Sheep Gathering, always an exciting place to be. I hope to meet all my friends there, current and new.