Crowing, Cutting and Washing

I was doing the animal chores this morning and noticed the young roosters crowing for the first time.  This is the first one I heard, crying from inside the shed.

Then I heard another younger rooster crowing from inside the barn.  He needs to practice.

While I did the chores, Tom started cutting our grass to make hay.  Here are videos of him on our tractor using the sickle bar mower he bought yesterday.

It worked well.  He said he got better as he used it and adjusted to it.  So the first step of hay making is done!

It was warm again today.  The hogs are enjoying their mud,

And the cows are enjoying the shade from the trees.

This afternoon I washed 6 wool fleeces.  That is a lot for me to wash, but I wanted to take advantage of the warm weather to dry them.

I washed Dete’s white Cotswold fleece (the last one since she passed last month) and Ewegenie’s mioget katmoget Shetland fleece.

I also washed Jewel’s grey katmoget and Amanda’s moorit Shetland fleeces.

I washed Diddley’s black Shetland fleece,

and Madonna’s black Shetland fleece.

Madona fleece drying

The plan is to dry them and eventually process them into batts for rugs or rovings for me to spin.

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6 Responses to Crowing, Cutting and Washing

  1. Jeanne says:

    Wow! That’s a lot of washing, to do six full size fleeces in one afternoon!! I’ll bet you were exhausted!!

    I’m glad the sickle did a good job.

  2. FullyFleeced says:

    what sort of setup do you use for fleece washing? I sure wish I could get a whole one done at once. usually takes me a few batches for each fleece.

    • Donna says:

      I may not wash as well as you do. We have an older copper washing machine on our back porch that was given to us. I am not sure if you have noticed it there. I wash and rinse in that with a hose of hot water running from the clothes washing machine spigot in the laundry room. I rinse in it and then dry on hog panel pieces on the porch.

  3. Amy says:

    Wow! That is a lot of positive farm progress!

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