These are the topics of the day. Water because it has been raining and a lot of it is being dumped on our fields by our neighbors behind us. Here is a video of their culvert and their newer diverted ditch pouring water onto us, damaging our hillside and flooding our fields.
Here is the culvert we put in trying to move the water into our back ditch.
You can see how nasty this water is and how quickly it is coming down the hill. Our ditches are easily overwhelmed by this amount of water, and it is going into our fields. Here are our poor animals having to contend with our neighbors runoff.
We had the water from the neighbors’ culvert tested last year. It showed Total Coliform 10200 CFU/100 ml (moderate risk) and E. coli 120 CFU/100ml (moderate risk). So not only are we dealing with their dirty water and their oil sheen but also their sh*t. It makes us so mad, especially when it rains.
On a nicer topic, I got to play with some wool today. I skirted the fleeces of the pregnant ewes I sheared last month. They are posted at our Fiber For Sale page. I turned all the fleeces that are drying from shearing day 3/29 and got to admire them too. I also collected lock samples for a lady interested in buying wool for a specific felting project she is doing. She wants to know which fleeces will still show curl or crimp after her felting process. I have no idea since I do not do much felting so I am sending her samples to play with. She wanted longer staple length or curls so I picked these fleeces. It was fun to check out the locks and compare and contrast them. Here’s the photo:
And this week I received my package from Foula Wool. It is wool yarn from Foula sheep. And I was their first US customer! I look forward to knitting with this wool and comparing it to mine.