Monday, October 12, 2009


It snowed today, and stayed on the ground all day.  'S'okay with me, I have a LOT of apples, squash, peppers, you get the idea. . . that all need attention, Indoors.
We knew it was going to freeze last Thursday, so we cut all the squash from the vines and brought them in:

So does anyone know the name of this type?  I think that green polka dots turning tan was its final stage;
I can't find its type online anywhere.  We had bought a lonely potted seedling at a nursery labeled "Winter Squash". 

If you recall the giant pumpkins in the lambing barn-yard, here's "the morning after".  Three are in my laundry room now, waiting out this week of freezing weather. 

All the rest went to the sheep.  This guy got a haircut in advance of going "on the truck" to the restaurants.  His fresh black pelt is SO black. 

One of the 5 boys kept here kept his fleece; he's going to have a new job adding color to some Polypay girls in a flock-- they've produced 2 black ewes already.

In the freezing weather, fiber-friend Angie and I set up a sale booth at a Harvest and Fiber Fair event at Gale Woods Farm Park, a beautiful teaching farm near here.  We got to set up free if we were teaching, so we spun all day and talked to children, mostly, about it. 

It's a good thing we did that, as sales were about nonexistant.  The food and company were great, however. 
I'm afraid I went to look at their Finnsheep and ended up ordering two more ewes.  I had to!  Beautiful ewe lambs going to the butcher!  Pictures in a week or more--

I'd better cut this short, I think I'm limited on how many photos I can put on one post.  To be continued!


Garrett808 said...

Gail! I love Gales Woods Farm!

They used to have beautiful Border Leicester sheep. I wonder if they still do?

How many 'big boys' are you keeping over this winter? How is Parker looking?

Hopefully we'll run into one another again sometime soon!

Gail V said...

Hi Garrett,
I love Gale Woods Farm, too. I've been there a half dozen times, now. It's the farm we'd all like to live on-- clean, lots of staff and volunteers, doing everything naturally and sustainably.
They seem to crossbreed most of their sheep, but I recall that some of the crosses I asked about had Border Leicester in them. They have Clun Forest and Icelandics, too.
I'll put Parker's picture in the next post. Finally got a pretty good one. 5 big boys stay over winter.

Becky Utecht said...

Wow Gail, you and Angie had a nice looking booth - you have been doing lots of felting from the looks of it. I always enjoy talking to the people about sheep, fiber and spinning even if sales are scarce. Congrats on getting the two Finn ewes. One of my first two sheep was 1/2 Shetland, 1/4 Border Leicester and 1/4 Finn, her fleece was SO long and purly!

kristi said...

I love the pictures! Wish I could give you an answer on the squash but if you find let me know as I would love to grow that variety! That black colored ram is stunning!

Deb W said...

Oh PLEASE don't do that! I KNOW there are always too many rams to use, I KNOW he has horns and you don't want horns (I wouldn't either, if I were a breeder), I KNOW there are certain...realities to farm life. But, to show us a beautiful ram, remark on his wonderful pure black color, see him, alive and beautiful, enjoying a pumpkin snack, and knowing NOW he's ......lamb chops! Seriously, every day I get closer to being a vegetarian.

If they've got to go, at least don't let us ever know they existed.

I LOVE the looks of your flock, though. I wanted Ivy badly (townie, can't do it) and standoffish or not, Maple is gorgeous.

Gail V said...

Oh Deb, I'm sorry.
Those lovely rams tear at my heart, too. I have to close my eyes and walk away.
But since I posted 2 weeks ago about nice rams "going on the truck", 3 of them got snapped up, so it has done some good.
Sorry if the picture upset your day.

Connie Peterson said...

Is that a Hubbard squash? There was a popular one in Australia called a "Blue" squash but I don't think it was that black and I don't think it had spots.

It's sad to say goodbye to rams, but that's the way of farming, isn't it? I used to have problems with my calves when we sent them to market. And the one that we put in our freezer gave me trouble for a while. And then there was the year of the pigs - I cried when I took them to the butcher!!

Lovely setup at Gale Woods - hopefully you spread the word even if you didn't sell.

Gail V said...

Hi Connie,
I think Hubbard squash are football shaped. Tonight I saw an all tan squash shaped just like ours, and maybe ours was meant to turn all tan.
I'll look that up. Australian Butter squash? Musquee de Provence?