A glimpse at life beyond the yarn....

Though our fiber business has been around for a few years, we've only recently moved to enough land for animals. The two entities are actually very separate. So this is our personal story of living in the country. Gradually, we're converting several acres, mostly wooded, to the semblance of a farm for our small flock of sheep. I've heard that once you have animals, more are sure to follow - much to the chagrin of my husband, this has proven to be true. Most of them are a rare breed - the Brahma chickens, the dogs, the sheep. But all of them have a job to do. Here's an intro to our cast of critters. They keep life on this little farm interesting, & keep me busy in the process. 

The guard llama catches the eye of everyone who visits the farm. Her aloofness spurs newcomers to try "making friends," which is cute to watch. Llamas are highly intelligent, and overall easy keepers. 

This is my first experience with llama fiber, which is soft, warm, & beautiful. This llama is tri-color, which gives more options in mixing colors when spinning.  
What's a farm without fresh eggs & a rooster crowing in the sunrise? The chickens free-range in the barnyard on any unwanted little pests. The Brahmas are in "recovering" status on the Livestock Conservancy Priority List.

Barnyard cats guard the barn from small invaders - the dark calico on the left, undergoing a curiosity check from the lambs, & a light calico caught taking a catnap. They've battled with squirrels, lizards, small snakes, & mice. Actually, played with them is more accurate. Both rescue cats were deemed as feral, but they've grown somewhat affectionate - in their own catty ways, of course.
Dogs are a given element on most farms, & on a sheep farm a herding dog is a welcome help. We decided on the American Working Farm Collie.

Better known as English Shepherds, this heritage breed was once prevelant on American farms, but lost popularity with the reduction of small family farms. They are highly intelligent & possess great herding instincts. 

More indepth information on this wonderful heritage breed is available on the website of Sycamore Spring Farm in Maryland.