My posts are few and far between these day. The days are growing longer by the minute with summer nearly in the air but somehow I still seem to fill them up with something..other than blogging. Well except for today! :)
I likely have a gazillion things on my heart, as most shepherds usually do. Tending sheep no doubt is all heart. Among my sheep tending and the need to finish this year's shearing, we have been milking since the first of February. Twice a day my sweet woolies are brought in the from the field, into the covered holding pen right outside of the red barn door. And then in groups of 5, they're led into the milking parlor where each are fed a smidge of tasty whole grains and lavender buds while their milk is gathered before they are led back out to the field to graze, rest and relax until the next milking. It's a routine and during this season, much of our lives revolve around it. As the milk is collected, the milk fridge fills to the brim. When it's nearly slam full, cheese is made or the milk is used for soap making. Or it's most often, both. Besides cheese, we also stock our own house fridge with sheep milk. We use it just like any other milk and let me tell you, you simply haven't lived until you've had a heaping freshly made bowl of sheep milk ice cream! It is no secret that I'm crazy passionate about my flock and that rich creamy milk, well it is just an added bonus.
This has been a whopping season of changes for us here on the farm, we have started the construction of a small farm store which we plan to complete sometime..this year (because I know better than to give an actual finished time frame - after all things rarely happen quickly on a farm), each Saturday we have committed to bring a bit of our farm to a farmer's market in Midlothian - this is the shepherd's undertaking and it has been a big one, I've also written another book entitled - Seasons from My Farmhouse Porch - that is packed full of photos and stories of our every day life on the farm and will be published here really soon, I have quit my off the farm job, have been hanging out A LOT of laundry and I've expanded my soaping. Most days I make at least one batch of milk soap. The days are regularly scheduled with to-do lists and I'm pretty diligent about staying on track...most days..but not today. :)
An ordinary walk sure is good for the soul. So much simple beauty to capture and soak in. Now it's back to that to-do list..but I'm now going with an extra song in my heart and a pretty big smile on my face.
Happy spring my friends!