Last weekend full of the joys of spring we set off for one of the Farms I visit... I knew there was fleece and I knew there would be lambs. So moods high and the sun on our backs we drove deep into the countryside for our day out.
Guess who got to cuddle a Lamb? Yes, me... although please ignore my double chin... I was hoping you'd focus on the Lamb! This little cutie is a Romney ewe. She has wonderful markings and at this point is about a day old. She was very calm and loved having her ear rubbed. At one point she even turned around to check me out... all smelling of baby lamb I couldn't resist whispering how beautiful she was.
This is certainly a perk of the job!
Needless to say I came away with about 20kg of fleece for the shop! I will be listing raw fleece in my April shop update and then prep the rest for dyeing (listing at a later date).
Romney is silky smooth and soft, with a long staple great for spinning and felting.
As we had finished earlier than expected, Darrin suggested that we drive to Tiverton to visit the Farmer's Market. I agreed, there were a couple of yarn shops I wanted to see (watch out for the blogs posts later... wow!). We didn't make it to the Farmer's market before it closed unfortunately, but I did buy a couple of skeins of yarn... ooops!
On the way to Tiverton is the Blue Cross animal rehoming centre for this area. We have passed it many times, but never visited. Living in rented accommodation isn't always the best place for a cat or a dog and moving on later can be difficult without obliging Landlords, but fortunately ours recently agreed we could get a small dog. We've been planning to adopt for a while (child and animal adoption) and as much as I would have loved to from a breeder, the heart strings tug when I think of adoption from a rehoming centre. With the unlikelihood of baring children I've grown ever wishful for a full house of adoptees. It feels like a far greater thing to do. Now don’t get me wrong I’m not against anyone who buys a cat or dog from anywhere other than a rehoming centre, but for us I do feel being able to adopt a creature in need (as we need a child we may not have) is a ying to our yang if you will.
We stopped at the centre to speak to someone and were met by the smiling receptionist who asked us to fill in some forms while we waited for some assistance… that’s when we met V (not wishing to post her full name for privacy reasons). V was great, she really went through everything with us and explained about what the Blue Cross can offer us… in fact she even talked us through the dogs they had in-house already. I must admit I think we were both surprised to get as ‘involved’ on our first visit as we did… we envisioned home visits and record checks (I don’t really know why), long before getting to meet the animals. This enlightening approach was actually very much what we needed. It was a moment to talk through our lifestyle and situation and to understand what a dog from a home might need in return. I think we found ourselves much more evolved in our thought process than we had imagined we were initially and very close to making a design to find that special dog for us.
We are on the books now as adoptive carers and so hopefully… fingers crossed a little fluffy companion will join our home very soon.
Any tips and advice welcome. Please tell me your experiences with rehoming pets…