Saturday, 31 January 2009
Wednesday, 28 January 2009
Tuesday, 27 January 2009
I love Wensleydale sheep - they are my favourites apart from the Hebrideans of course. Tracys' fleeces are gorgeous - I speak as someone who has handspun some of them (look back in the blog archives for more info).
My only criticism of the site Tracy is that there are no pictures of ducks or hens - I know you keep them too. And bees....... we want pictures of bees! I am an ex-Outer Hebridean bee-keeper (another very rare breed!), and am fascinated with everything apicultural.
Sadly no pictures today - couldn't find one of a Wensleydale sheep, or even a honey-bee.
Coming up tomorrow evening.........
"Hen of the Day" - there will be two hens of the day as I'm feeling generous.
Sunday, 25 January 2009
Wednesday, 21 January 2009
Wednesday, 14 January 2009
There are four hanks ready - one mid-blue and three multi-coloured.
I was trying to take photos of some of the different sorts of hens we have on the croft. They were all running about and most of the pictures just came out blurry.
The only member of the croft family who would stand still was our young ram, who is a bit of a prima donna......
Friday, 9 January 2009
And now the Shipping Forecast issued by the Met Office, on behalf of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency, at 1130 on Friday 09 January 2009.
There are warnings of gales in Viking North Utsire Forties Cromarty Forth Sole Shannon Rockall Malin Hebrides Bailey Fair Isle Faeroes and Southeast Iceland.
The general synopsis at 0600:Atlantic low 965 moving steadily northeast, expected 180 miles southwest of Iceland 957 by 0600 tomorrow.
The area forecasts for the next 24 hours: Rockall Malin Hebrides Bailey Fair Isle Faeroes:
South or southwest 7 to severe gale 9, occasionally storm 10, perhaps violent storm 11 later. Rough or very rough increasing high or very high. Rain or drizzle, showers later. Moderate or poor
Time to break out the Tilley lamp and bring in a bucket of peat for the fire so we are all set if the lights go out! Nothing in the incubator just now thank goodness.
Little Heather the dog has definitely got the right idea for today!!
Monday, 5 January 2009
Hebridean Tweed Cufflinks - also a matching necktie is available
And finally a pure linen necktie. www.scalpaylinen.etsy.com.
Incidentally, the cloth the tie is resting on is one of our linens - a 12 x 12 Herringbone in natural and 1/8 bleached white linen. It was the first linen that the mill in Shawbost finished for us and it is just amazing - smooth and shiny.
All the material for these items was woven by me (or my husband) in our loomshed and were milled by Harris Tweed Hebrides, Shawbost, Isle of Lewis.
Farewell to Leda of the Tin Shed and SassyGael. We watched the ferry sail from Tarbert this afternoon as the sun was setting. We were having a "falaisg" (heather burn) on the moor near Eilean Glas lighthouse and waved as the ferry went past. Tomorrow if it is not raining, I will take the camera and get a picture of a falaisg.
Also today, I was experimenting with felt making for next weeks after school club. Overall the effect was reasonable and I think with a little practice I could get quite proficient with the bubble wrap and the soap. However, glad to get back to the spinning!
Thursday, 1 January 2009
Daisy the lamb we got from Leda yesterday (see www.bytheloch.blogspot.com for full tear-jerking details), was ready for her breakfast this morning. She has made a little friend - out of shot just now, half of a set of Hebridean twins and they are hanging out together on the hillside in a relaxed and laid back way. Daisy is quite vocal, as you'd expect from a pet lamb, but seems settled and is eating well.
These are a few of the others who come in for a quick snack morning and evening.