A lovely surprise on this gorgeous, warm, sunny day. Daisy, our half-cheviot ewe produced the first new lamb of the season late this morning. Daisy came to us as a ewe hogg having been abandoned by her mother and taken in by a friend from Bunnavonneader in North Harris. She came to us when they moved and has lived happily with us ever since. This will be her third lamb - a little girl who is very fit and well and has a good loud voice!
Am in the final stages of arranging for a drop-spindle beginners spinning course on 3rd July in Tarbert as part of the Harris Arts Festival. So, if you are in the area and fancy a couple of hours of relaxed learning, let me know.
It's been a horrid winter and we have lost quite a few old friends on the croft. Both of our remaining Hebridean rams died in the bad weather and we are hoping that one of the Hebridean ewes will have a male lamb who can fill the gap.
We have our fingers crossed though that it will be a good spring.
Our loomshed will be open from 17th April this year - Monday, Wednesday and Friday as per last year, but if you are planning a visit and are travelling a distance please contact me in advance to confirm that I will be there. Loom training is continuing and may sometimes encroach on opening days. I'm hoping to put opening times for the next week on the blog.
So between now and then, I have to clean the loomshed of all the winter detritus - persuade the spiders that they need new webs and try to find a place for all the bits and pieces that have built up over the months we have been closed. Still working on the curtains for Buth Scalpaigh cafe and finishing up some Wensleydale spinning!