Good morning everyone... Frankie here, reporting in from the mountain. Wench got home last night around 7:30 PM from the last rabbit show of the season. Glad that's over. Now maybe she'll be around once in a while (doubt that). Not too many angoras shown, and so the fun was not as great, and it was hot and late, and all that jazz... so, now we go into our slow season. r i g h t Wench brought home six more fleeces from the nice folks over at Red Ridge in Tennessee, so that will be part of the summer fleece washing project. Some of it will most likely go to the Blue Ridge Fiberworks blended yarns, some of it may be added to our fleece.
The end of the rabbit show season is always bitter sweet; won't see friends for a while, won't be traveling too much for a while, and all the rabbits will have NO COATS for a while. That's a good thing. Come September, they'll begin to gear up again. By that time, we will almost be ready for our next shearing. A circle of fiber life. I must say, summer is my favorite time of year... just look at the lushness of our browse!
So, now that wench will be 'resting' what will she be doing? Well, this week she will be going to guild for dyeing lessons on Tuesday, and then Thursday, she is taking Neptune to be neutered
Sorry, little buddy, neutered is NOT fun, even though you do get to ride in the car, and, it seems like every ride in the car usually ends in a 'not fun' time for a goat.
Then on Friday, she will be at the Independence Farmers Market selling the shirt off my back, and will bring Schroder if the weather is cooperative. Here's Schroeder, while at Ohio, getting ready to launch himself off the grooming table. He's a card, and, once this market event is over with, he'll be losing his coat and meeting his second wife, or is it his third, I can't keep track, over at Aunt June's place later on this month.
Then after Friday, she's participating in the Farm to Table dinner at the Alleghany Farmers Market on Saturday. Another busy week the next week culminates with the wedding of our very own Sarah Jean with Giles Hoback III. We will be supervised by Pam, who lives across the road and has been taking care to learn our routine. We've almost got her trained, but I'm sure we'll have a few shenanigans up our sleeve when she is here on her own. (insert evil goat laugh here)
So how's that for taking it easy. It might be the end of the rabbit show season, but not the end of the craziness around this joint. I will report in again in a few weeks. Thanks... for reading frankly speaking!