Zippy the three legged office cat!


Last fall a tiny kitten got her leg caught somewhere and smooshed it while struggling to get out. Her paw was severely damaged so her leg had to be removed. SO, Zippy became the office kitten! She grew up keeping me company while I worked on the computer and terrorizing the Pyrs.


Now she is a sassy, grown up cat who still terrorizes the Pyrs! This is her favorite blanket full of ghosties my Mom sent her.


She loves wool!


She plys yarn for me!


And occasionally even catches a mouse! Go Zippy!


Greer and Catriona!


It’s so amazingly fun to be a retirement farm for sheep! The animals here just take my breath away every day.

Our latest retirees are from our friends Graham & Margaret’s flock. You can read more about their place here- they have an awesome bed and breakfast with pastures full of sheeps!)

Greer is a Scottish Blackface and Catriona is a Mule sheep (Bluefaced Leicester cross). Both are hardy sheep and have been a blessing for our flock in many ways. Beautiful fleeces AND they are very active. Making use of the entire pasture gets our sheep out and about much more. Follow the leader! ha! I’ll post more info soon! Meanwhile here they are-


November 2018

Our girls are fitting into the flock quite well. They are very independent and have been a great influence on our flock. Wandering through the days waaaay out in the big pasture, napping in the sun on the hillside and checking in at bed time to sleep outside instead of in the barn. For now anyway.

Scottish Blackface Sheep wool is used almost exclusively for Harris Tweed products. You can read more about them here…

They have quite a versatile fleece that is coarse but features scrumptious long curls. Personally I love to add SBF wool to softer wool for very sturdy socks and mittens. It is similar to adding Flax to wool. It is very low lanolin content so quite easy to wash. The locks are perfect for Santa Beards and doll hair. They also felt easily and soak up dye like a sponge.


Our Puppy family!

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We certainly love animals and what household or farm would be complete with out a few dogs? Ha! We have several Great Pyrenees and a Border Collie. None are working dogs in the usual sense but they do have their jobs- besides entertaining us! 

Noodle is our 12 year old Border Collie. She is as busy as can be but was born deaf. We taught her sign language. She does do a little herding with me but only to move the suris out of the back yard when they are done mowing. She keeps a good eye on Jim. He is HER person!


Teagan is a Great Pyrenees. She was a stray some years back and ended up at the shelter Mom walks dogs for. Teagan is wonderful, loves to watch the world from her favorite spot on the back porch during the day then sleep inside at night. She loves me best. Specially when there are noisy storms. I think she is so afraid of them because she was a stray for a while? There could not be a better dog! 


Milo is a Great Pyrenees we went to Southern Illinois to pick up. He was not in a very good situation. He is definitely Jim's dog. Sometimes he needs to be reminded it's ok for us all to live together though. Stinker! He has a funky jaw so his tongue hangs out most of the time. Too cute for his own good right? He spends his time with Teagan watching the world go by from his favorite place in the little pasture. Then he sleeps inside. He is very sweet and I adore him!


And last but certainly not least is Fletcher aka Puppy. He has quite a story! He lived his first months on the streets with his homeless owner. The fellow decided he could not care for the puppy properly so brought him to the shelter Mom volunteers for. Of course who could say no specially me. Hi name was Jim but since my husband's name is Jim that would not work. We kept calling him Puppy then named him Fletcher. SO, he answers to Puppy or Fletcher. Kind of like having a middle name. He loves me best and spends his days anywhere I am. Love it! 


November 2018

Even though our Pyrs spend the night sleeping inside, they are very adamant the bad guys (coyotes and dogs traveling with them) stay on their own side of the fence. They bark and bark, which is what Pyrs do! They love being outside, specially if there is snow to roll and play in. I hope we get snow this winter. We’ve been getting ice instead for about 10 winters now. Took a few spills myself that gave me a few concussions. I do not need repeat! AND I don’t want any of the critters- or Jim- to break bones on the ice either. Here is Milo rolling in snow a few winters ago: (snow angels!)


Our Suri Alpacas!

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A few months back life changes forced a friend to reduce her flock of alpacas. I am still so sad for her. I am also happy though- because I am selfish. We've never had Suri Alpacas. They are so sweet! Much smaller than our llamas! They are quiet and love attention. Brooke's friend Teagon even lets me hug her! (well, she will occasionally come over to be scratched- and put her head on my shoulder!)

Brooke is a gorgeous color of dark fawn. It has a reddish tone to it and the locks are from 4 to 10 inches long, depending on which part of the fleece they are from. It is silky soft and so so pretty! Just like Brooke! (She is standing closest to me/fence in this photo)


The suri girls are so sweet! They are very interested in what is going on all about the farm. We are getting the sheep ready for winter right now. The gals and their little group of senior citizen sheep are sharing the old dairy barn with the big group of sheep. We got their part of the barn ready and bribed them with their dinner grain to follow us over. Everyone went except two sheep- Trillium and Theo. Stinkers! One suri also stayed back with the two sheep. Spice.

She’s the alert suri. Specially in the middle of the night? I’ve trooped out to see what is going on only to find our Big Kitty tom cat snoozing in the old Maple tree, just out of her reach. Such taunting right? The suris are not too keen on cats. They do chase them out of their pasture. Yikes!

Spice would NOT leave the little pasture until all of her sheep were out. Then she quietly led them to the other gate and walked the sheep in. Good girl! She’s very attached to her sheep. Theo and Trillium were the wayward sheep. This is a picture of Trilli, you can read about her here… And Theo here…



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July 2018
Well, this year found me 'strategically' purchasing another lamb. Twist   my    arm! This is Waffles, a silly little sheep- a very cute one! 

Waffles is a Cotswold sheep we purchased from the same flock Coco Bean and Pirate came from.  He is a delightful, very very curly fleeced little fellow. Spring shearing will give us another beautiful fleece. He is a little bit shy but that won't last long. He's too curious!

Cotswold sheep are on the list of threatened USA sheep breeds. Read more-



Waffles and our little Trillium sheep have become good friends! Trillium is a Jacob sheep with 3 legs. The fourth is deformed and not useful to her. They are so cute together! (please note that in this photo Trilli was walking away, she doesn't stand like this!)
Read more about Trillium...


August 2018


November 2018

Waffles is growing up! He is so sweet and wants to see what we are up to any time we are outside. He’s taken to following Speedy around now. You can read about Speedy here…

We moved the little special needs/senior citizen group to their winter barn. They share the old dairy barn with the big group of sheep. Now I have a great chance to catch Waffles for a little bit of a trim of those adorable bangs. Was thinking of braiding it? We’ll see what he thinks!

He will spend the winter in the little group so he can grow and eat grain. Cotswolds are a slow growing sheep. They are not done growing til they are around 2 years old. He can join the big flock after shearing day in the spring.

Here is Waffles and his buddy Speedy!


Our Romedale/CVM sheep!

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Fall 2017 found a gal in need of a place for 7 of her Romedale/CVM sheep girls to retire. It was a difficult decision for her. We are very happy to have them here, we have never had this breed of sheep! They are beautiful! 


They've had a few months to settle in and get to know us, and us them. They are always ready for grain so that is a great start! They have moved in with the big group of sheep now that we know we can catch them. They are quite tame but we have to be sure. It's hard to move when a sheep's lived in the same place with the same person all its life. Sheep are not great with change, I think that is why we get along so well? HA! 

I'm looking forward to working with their wool this spring. It is soft and gorgeous, feels a little bouncy too? For now you can read more about them here...

We'll be adding more information about them soon! 

1/18:  The girls are gorgeous, adorable (of course!) and getting used to us. Here is a photo of Comfort. She is the lamb who rode along to our place. She will be one year old soon. Time goes so quickly past.  

 Comfort, complete with a photo bomb by Mayhem!

Comfort, complete with a photo bomb by Mayhem!

I asked Kim to put names to this picture of her CVM girls. Now I can finish memorizing faces and names! They are all such special peanuts! 


I'll be giving each of the girls their own page soon. Keep an eye out! Several of their fleeces are for sale- don't miss them. I'm having trouble sharing!!! Fleeces available here...

August 2018

I haven't had a chance to spin any of the girls fleeces but thought I would post a few photos. Sorting it out was fun, such soft and pretty wool- soft as Merino with a little bounce to it. 



 COMFORT (baby fleece)

COMFORT (baby fleece)





10-2018 Comfort’s two ply yarn- a fun adventure for me, I’ve never seen or spun from a CVM fleece until the girls joined our flock. The yarn is Merino soft with a bit of bounce- great sock yarn or any other project!



Angus is an adorable Shetland sheep we adopted from a friend who had to sell her flock. He joined us along with his Shetland friends Charlie, Ilse, Rose and Gilbert the California Red sheep. They are a happy little family. Gilbert and Charlie are trying to teach the others that treats are a good thing. So far they are not convinced! 

Angus is a beautiful silver color with black markings. He is almost 2 years old now and we are looking forward to a beautiful fleece next week!!! He is very close in markings and such with our Claire sheep. I also think Claire might have a little crush on Angus? (Angus is left picture, Claire right)

He is a sweet fellow and so far happy happy! 

Read more about Shetland sheep here

2017 update !
Angus is a little sad right now. We had to put his Claire sheep to sleep earlier this summer. She lost too many teeth, because of that could not keep weight on properly. We miss her like crazy. He still keeps close to his Shetland family though. They've been helping cheer him up. He hangs around the most with Rose now. He's feeling better lately, did you know sheep grieve just like people do? 

   Found another picture of Angus from last winter- love his face markings!! Sweet sheep!

Found another picture of Angus from last winter- love his face markings!! Sweet sheep!

Shetland sheep are listed as 'recovering status' at the Livestock Conservancy. Read more...


We are having quite a humid, hot and rainy summer- the weather in this country has been crazy for everyone.. It is hard on the sheep because they stay where they are cool and don't get as much exercise. Lucky for Angus he is a fit and trim fellow! He's one of the first sheep out of the barn at dawn and at dusk to roam the pastures. Lots of nice green grass out there! He's also one of the first to start up Shetland shenanigans. Tag, hide and seek then jumping in and out of their 'secret' barn window! (They are just so sly!)