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Although it felt like summer last week, I knew record low temps were predicted this week.  And so I groaned as I noticed what looked like snow flurries.  But then as I turned and looked at the window on the other side of the room, I didn’t see any.  Walking closer to the first window I realized it was not snow at all but a blizzard of petals from my cherry trees.  The street, neighbors lawns, side yard, driveway and more were covered with soft pink petals, so many that I could have filled a bucket. Every time the breeze picked up, more blossoms would fall from the trees to add to those being swirled around…. Very pretty!   I’ll take cherry blossoms snow over regular snow anyday!

I wonder, is there any use for these petals? It would be very easy to collect some and maybe dry them… hmmm


Since the last update, we’ve gone from early spring to  summer… going from cold and mushy to very warm weather. 

I signed up granddaughter Jess for softball once again this year and after a little confusion with her being on the wrong team with older girls, we have her on the right team and I have been taking her to practices.  I am very willing to take her to her ball games and cheer her on… but… don’t you think there ought to be a law against practice on Friday nights? We made one Friday practice and missed the other.

Spring gardening weather has arrived. Actually, these past two weeks have felt more like summer, forcing everything to grow very quickly, not good for spring bulbs that normally last weeks.  The beautiful Yoshino cherry trees in our garden went from bare branches to lots of blooms in just a week.  They lack the usual soft pink color and instead look white. The weeping cherry is a pale pink this year.  I don’t know if the lack of color is due to the sudden heat or what, but they still look very pretty.  Occasionally someone walking or driving by will slow down to gaze up at the trees or enjoy the sensation of cherry blossoms showers on a breezy day. Most garden work right now is cleaning out beds, mulching, organizing tools, trimming branches, vines, anchoring trellises and so on. 

The April guild meeting went really well.  We focused on weaving and Br. Pierre from Mt. Saviour Monastery was our guest speaker.  Check out the guild blog to see photos of the meeting.

Along with everything else, I’ve been spending a lot of time around sheep, or talking about sheep, or working with sheep fleeces. 

I spent a day at a  Rebel Acres Farm, to help skirt fleeces on shearing day. Patty’s sheep are East Fresian, Romney, BFL, Tunis, and some mixes.  She had invited the boy scouts to help, having the extra hands on this day allowed her to spend a lot of time teaching the boys all about the sheep.  

Sheep waiting to be shorn… 

Lamb waiting for mom. By his color, I’m guessing he is a Tunis lamb.




Sue and I skirting a fleece


I also went to Amazing grace farms to see their new Jacob lambs..  I forgot to take photos!    

And where I see sheep most often is at Mt Saviour Monastery, where I go to chapel. These photos were taken at the monastery before or after service, or stopping by to visit lambs, or the gift shop or just to go for a walk.

This photo show rams and their guardian in a field. Taken with my phone camera, the photo is blurry, but you can see the donkey takes his job seriously, watching me carefully.

Newborn lamb still a little wobbly on its legs. I believe this is a Scottish Blackface lamb or a greyface lamb.

Poodle and her triplets.  Although I’ve been spinning Poodle’s fleece, I had never seen her up close, somehow missed seeing her even on shearing day last year.  She is a BFL and the only colored sheep at the monastery.

During one of the visits to the lambing pens, we got to witness two ewes, each one thinking two lambs were hers.  With a little help Br. Pierre was able to pen both ewes with the lambs and then quickly slip out the ewe that hadn’t had lambs yet.    She was put in a pen far from the lambs since she was due to lamb soon, but she was not happy about it.  She made quite the racket till I leaned close and flashed my camera, startling her enough that she calmed down and stop trying to get to the lambs.

A very friendly lamb, loved being petted while Mom stamped her hoof in dissaproval. The other lamb in the pen was more typical of the lambs, staying close to mom, but this little guy with its tail wagging, following us as we walked around the outside of the pen, great temptaion to take it home.  


And…. this has nothing to do about sheep, but it does have something to do with critters.  The marks one of the Monastery Roads.  While on a walk uphill, I noticed something unusual and walked up to take a closer look.  I tried to take a photo with my cellphone but it just didn’t show up.  What I could see was a nest that looks like it is in one of Jesus’s hands.  I’ve seen birds build nests in unusual places, but this is first for me.



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