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I Haven't Smelled this Bad in a Long Time....

Posted by Lewis White on

Yesterday we interrupted festival preparations for barn cleaning and sheep sorting.  You can say a couple of universal things about livestock.  First, if there is plenty of pasture and sunny weather.....they will gang up and relieve themselves in the barn to the point that the only description you can think of is cesspool.  The second universal thing is relating to draft horses and it's really quite simple.  Common sense you might say. They make the mess a hundred times bigger.  After we scraped and dug until we found the hallway floor mats again, the morning was mostly over and it...

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Fall Shows Part 5....

Posted by Lewis White on

Time is getting short!  We are sorting & packing .....and packing and sorting.  It never fails you think you have a particular item grouped in one spot, congratulate yourself on the wonderful progress you are making and how much farther along you are this year compared to years past.  You smile, pat yourself on the back again and start to work on something else.  Then you open a bag or box thinking that it's item B and there it is....more of what you thought you finished. Of course it's packaged in the wrong size, not packaged at all or you...

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Fall Shows Part 4.....

Posted by Lewis White on

We have been celebrating a couple of "good" things lately.  First, Mrs LB's brother & his wife survived hurricanes Irma & Maria.  Yes, things are difficult but they are alive, together and still have most of a roof over their heads.  We would like to request everyone's continued prayers and support for all the island residents as they attempt to rebuild their lives.  Secondly, we finally got a part for one of our machines.  One year & 10 mths wait but we are repaired, up and running.  Unfortunately, the part did not arrive in time for us to restock every...

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Fall Shows Part 3......

Posted by Lewis White on

I've always loved the look of Jacob sheep.  Nothing commands attention like all those horns. Oh, and the spots....so often with sheep you have spots but you don't really see all of them all the time.  With CVMs, when you shear, all those spots, speckles & stripes are right there in your face.  As the fleece grows out, you lose them in the lock compression, sun bleaching, and dirt that can cling to an uncoated fleece.  Not with Jacobs.  Those spots are shining all the time.  Knowing that when you plan a project you have a good sized amount of...

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Fall Shows Part 2...

Posted by Lewis White on

Here's another pic of carded sliver destined for Rhinebeck. Sockables....90% dyed wool & 10% acrylic   On the left, a blend of greens and on the right a blend of pinks & reds with a hint of purple.  Now to share something from the "all things weird" category as a cautionary tale for anyone who reads it......Got an email the other day that was supposedly from a customer.  She had a lot of complaints running the full gamut from bad packaging, fiber that was (and I quote) "excrement" and a help desk that did not help and instead made fun...

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