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Kitten in the High Tower

I’ve been looking for a while, and just this week I finally got my hands on a shelving unit with great Kitten Tower potential!

I found it on this auction site, which I’ve found is a great way to get ahold of all kinds of random things that are being surplused from state agencies.

I liked how this unit is nice and open, and has shelves that are easily adjusted to permit a lot of different configurations.
I’ve got the litter box down low, but high enough off the ground to keep Gus from gaining access.

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Up top is a a nice shallow produce box that makes a very luxurious kitten bed when outfitted with a thick and toasty felted sweater.

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On the tall side I’ve rigged up a rolled jute rug that is a perfect scratching/climbing wall- this is the most adventurous route up to the penthouse!

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And on the other side is her regular scratching post, which can also be used to access the middle level-

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I’m also playing around with the idea of a hammock for an alternate lounging area- the current version is a deconstructed canvas tote bag.

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I’m so pleased that she seems to like the new digs. She’s a good girl and I’m happy to share my wool room with her- we bond over our shared love of knitwear 🙂

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Out of the Stash

Was just cruising around in the wool room this weekend when I was reminded that I hadn’t yet done anything (besides washing) with the amazing BamBam fleece that I brought home from Schoonover Farm shearing day last year!

So I dove in and started carding some up. Just a couple of ounces to satisfy my urge to give it a test-drive.
It’s really soft fine- and I left a little bit of lanolin in it (just a personal preference thing for spinning).

It’s still hanging up to dry, but here is a photo I took just after plying.

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Should fluff nicely once it’s all washed up and dried.
It’s the most beautiful rich golden brown.
Good Boy, BamBam 🙂

Counting Our Chickens Long Since Hatched

It’s been a while since we’ve checked in with the chigs here on the blog, so I thought that I’d take a minute to catch up with the crazy girls now that the sun is shining and egg production is on the rise.

We currently have 20 girls & 2 roosters. Here is the roster:

5 “new girls” -last year’s surprise chicks. 3 amerucana-ish, but a bit more red/orange

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1 speckled sussex, and one really interesting crossbreed who is hard to get a picture of because the other girls are always running her off!

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3 Amerucanas and 3 Specked Sussex from 2016. Amerucana girls are small and a little shy,

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and the specked sussex are big, broody and very opinionated 🙂

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2 partridge rocks and 1 barred rock from 2015. The partridge girls are kind of the honchos in the coop,

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and the little black and white barred rock girl is one of my favorites. She’s kind of spunky and funny.

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Sometime I think back in 2014 I adopted some older girls looking for a new situation from Bellingham. Of those 4, two girls of indeterminate age remain- Grumpy Orange Chicken,

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and Big Black and White.

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3 Buff Orpingtons– 2 from a friend in 2013, and one I took in from a friend at work who couldn’t keep her in town because she was crowing! The buff girls are really easy-going. Early on they showed a tendency to be broody, but that seems to have passed now that they are semi-retired.

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1 guinea we raised in 2015 (used to be two)

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And our two roosters Bertrand (Amerucana) and Tre (Specked Sussex) both from 2016

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They are a pretty cool gang, providing lots of entertainment out in the pasture for the sheep, and amazing pink-brown and green eggs for us.

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Livin’ the Dream

Amazing the difference a little sunshine can make.

It was a really productive weekend- I feel good about getting spring sheep maintenance (CDT, hooves, deworming) done

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and the big apple tree pruned. And that feels really good.

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I know it still looks kind of crazy, but trust me- it’s pruned! (I should have taken a “before” photo)

But I’m pretty pooped. So it’s time to take a break.
Just sit and breathe.
And knit. 🙂

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SuperGreen looks pretty amazing in the sunshine. All that yellow-green in the blend just seems to glow from within.

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