2016 has brought some big changes to the farm. After doing a lot of soul searching as a family we have decided to sell most of the animals. It is a hard choice to do so since we have put so much into this venture. Samantha is working and doing college classes while Allison is concentrating on breeding and showing her Standard Poodles. As for me, Sheri the mom, I am having some health issues that make it hard to do milking and chores. We will continue to spin, knit and crochet. We have a lot of wool built up so we won't be empty for a long time.
As far as who will stay... we will keep three sheep. Pandora (CVM and Sam's pet), Taz (Romney, CVM Cross) and Tank (Registered Romney - with the original Bellairs Blood line). We are also keeping Marshmallow the alpaca. This will reduce the feed bill and the work load.
I am planning to use this blog more for communicating what is happening on the home front and what projects I am currently working on. I will undoubtedly have puppy news available too. At the moment I am stocking our shelf with homemade wash cloths. We seem to run out of them frequently and instead of going to the store to purchase more I decided to make some. I began with the fancy ones that have a picture in the middle then switched over to the basic one my Gma used to make. The picture ones are cute and creative but I needed to make them quicker than that pattern allowed. Besides it is nice to just sit and knit and not really think about the pattern.
My late Christmas present was ordered yesterday. Mike bought me a convertible knitting needle set in bamboo. It seems that our puppy Muffin likes the taste of bamboo knitting needles. I just purchased a 24" size 9 circular to do my next project and Muffin ate the needles. Hmmm....guess I will have to make sure I put my work away every night.
I hope you will continue to follow our news page as we change over to an overall view of what we are doing and not just news on the farm animals.
Sheri & Allison Bellairs
We are the writers and care takers of the animals. We love to tell stories about the critters and fiber creating. We will be posting about all the animals and fiber creating.