Good bye city life! Our family designed and built an industrial but old fashioned farmhouse on nine acres. Now we are building our homestead ~ or is it building us? Grab your boots and join us on our journey to country living.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Spring Has Sprung

There are signs of spring all around the farm.

Pansies and sweet alyssum are planted in the pots

and the lilies and irises are popping up everywhere.

I love the colors of spring!

Brightly colored Adirondack chairs have been moved 
to the front porch to welcome us outside as the days get warmer.

Recently, I was asked about the chairs after
 posting a picture with them in the background.
We replaced our wooden chairs that needed painting every year with these made by Berlin Gardens. 

They are made from recycled milk cartons so they won't peel, crack, warp, or fade. We got one in every color plus a glider, some side tables, and a picnic table too.

We absolutely love them!

Normally we would have little lambs bouncing around
but we did not breed our sheep in the fall.
It was a busy and sad time for me then as I lost someone very dear to me.
In many ways it has been a long winter
making the signs of spring even sweeter now.

Ecclesiastes 3:1-4
To every thing there is a season,
and a time to every purpose under the heaven:
A time to be born, and a time to die;
a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted;
A time to kill, and a time to heal;
a time to break down, and a time to build up;
A time to weep, and a time to laugh;
a time to mourn, and a time to dance...

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Sheep Shearing 2015

It's always a big event at the Red Farmhouse.

This year, we even had a tour trolley
bring a group from Guthrie, Oklahoma.
The yarn store that carries our Jacob wool yarn, 
Sealed with a Kiss, brought a group.

It was great fun
even though it was a little cold.

The farm visitors watched the shearing,
helped to catch the animals, and skirt fleece too.

Our 17 sheep got shots, hoof trimming
and of course, shearing.
The 3 alpaca & the guard llama
got the full treatment too!

All the animals are ready for spring now!
They look so different without their fleece.


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