Laundering Sheepskins

Machine or hand wash in cold or warm water (water not to exceed 100 degrees).  The use of kookaburra  or Eucalan Wool Wash  is recommended.  Do not use Woolite, laundry detergents or fabric softeners.

Hand Washing:  put the skin in the tub and hold it under the water until the skin is thoroughly saturated with water.  Gently churn the skin to get the soap moving around the fibers and let soak for 5-10 minutes then rinse.  Gently squeeze out excess water.

Machine Washing: Set to gentle cycle.  Once skin is thoroughly soaked, allow machine to churn briefly.  The more churning, the more the wool will mat.  Let soak 5-10 minutes.  Spin cycle to remove excess water.  rinse if necessary.  Dry. NEVER tumble dry – this will mat the wool even more.

Line dry or dry flat (wool side down) and stretch to shape while damp.  Brush with a soft wire brush when wet, when damp and then when dry.  Do not tumble dry.

Heat will damage sheepskins, resulting in shrinking and hardening of the pelt.

 

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Wool Pillows & Wool Dryer Balls

WOOL DRYER BALLS

In a nutshell: The wool soaks up some of the moisture in your laundry as it dries, but then evenly distributes it into the air – helping your dryer stay humid longer, which exponentially reduces static cling. In addition, this “soaking and releasing” action makes your clothes dry faster. And all of these things together mean fewer wrinkles.

HOW TO USE WOOL DRYER BALLS

Simply toss them into the dryer with your wet clothes – that’s it! Or if you want to use them as a replacement for scented dryer sheets, here’s what you need to do:

Run your clothes through an entire dryer cycle with the dryer balls. When the clothes are dry, remove two of the dryer balls and place about 3-5 drops of essential oil on each of them. Toss them back in the dryer and turn it on for 10-15 minutes on a “no heat” cycle. Remove, fluff and fold!

 

 

ORGANIC WOOL PILLOWS

Wool Is Hypoallergenic ~ Wool is resistant to bacteria, mold, and mildew, which can trigger allergic reactions in some people. . Wool quickly absorbs and releases moisture and thus does not allow the damp conditions that molds thrive on. People with chemical sensitivities can also sleep without suffering if the wool is untreated. Dust-mite allergens are the leading trigger for asthma attacks, but dust mites need moisture to survive, so they don’t like wool.

Wool Thermo-Regulates and is remarkably comfortable in all seasons. In the winter it warms you without overheating or causing ‘clamminess’. Conversely, in warmer seasons, it actually helps to keep you cool by wicking moisture away from your skin.

Naturally Fire-Resistant ~ the protective lanolin coating found in wool makes it naturally resistant to combustion.

When it wears out it can be safely put in your garden. This means it has a low impact on the environment while being produced, and a positive impact when it is composted and returned safely to the earth.

 

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Open farm day

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July 18, 2016 · 7:23 pm

Inspiration

I feel inspired!   Winter is a good time for inspiration (not that one can plan inspiration) .. but it is a time when things slow down and there is room for planning, rethinking and listening.

The first thing that inspired me was reading through the Fedco tree catalogue and finding that they carried mushroom spawn.  I love foraging wild mushrooms, I love cooking with wild mushrooms and I love eating wild mushrooms … why not try my hand at growing them.  I felt that my fate was sealed when while visiting Becca in Nepal we were given tours of local farms involved with mushroom cultivation.

WOW ~  so much inspiration, so many great ideas. I am continuing my study at home by the fire as I read several books preparing for the upcoming growing season.

Then last night we went to an amazing event at http://www.congresssquared.com/ and I was again inspired!  Kalettes and Duck.

 

I loved the kalettes and came home and ordered seed from Johnnys Selected Seed

http://www.johnnyseeds.com/ – I am excited to see how they grow here on the farm.  Duck – I have wanted to raise duck for quite sometime but now I REALLY want to raise duck!  Raising the duck will be relatively easy I need to figure out a slaughter house that will process them ~ tomorrows project.

 

More inspiration to come ……

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Maine cheesemakers win 10 American Cheese Society awards

Maine cheesemakers win 10 American Cheese Society awards.

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Four Leaf Clovers & Me

I have a relationship with four leaf clovers.  I find them everywhere .. I walk along & look down and there they are … I find bunches of them.  I have had bouquets of them all over the house.  I feel a spirituality with them.  I always feel they are a gift! I never take them for granted & treat each one as special.IMG_0452IMG_6930

I say a prayer of thanks each time one pops into my view –

I thank those who have passed before me ~

I thank my grandparents

I thank the animals who have graciously shared their lives with me

I thank the spirit of people are who not with me physically

I thank mother earth

I thank the ever present energy that surrounds us all

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I try to pass the energy of the four leaf clover on to others ~

I slip them in peoples wallets

I put vases of them down in the cabin

I send pictures of them to my son before big exams

I dry them and send in letters

I just give them away

I sometimes feel that I am just a “spokesperson” for the gifts of the universe ..

a conduit of spiritual energy ~  I feel it, I appreciate it, I am thankful, I let it go

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THANK YOU FOUR LEAF CLOVER ENERGY!

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She Said YES!

This weekend we had a new experience with our cabin guests.  Mike proposed to his girlfriend Jennie.  Mike contacted me a while ago and told me of his “dream”.  He was hoping to have me make them a picnic lunch and then head someplace beautiful, romantic & exciting.  We have a friend who has a canoe stashed in the woods near a beautiful pond ~ we talked with the friend of our idea and he was both game & excited.  Mike loved the idea as well.

Yesterday they headed off about 11 with picnic basket in tow, towles over their shoulders & swim suits under their shorts.

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Three hours later they arrived back with HUGE smiles on their faces.  Jennie rushed up to me saying “I am engaged!”, proudly showing her new ring.  Mike was beaming.   Chris & I felt proud to be a part of this romantic scheme. IMG_0431

I thought it might be nice to send them off this morning with some heart shaped blueberry pancakes.  I asked if they would prefer pink smoothy in the name of “love” or go with green smoothy.  They both opted for the green.

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