Sunday afternoon our family took an outing to visit an old wool mill up in Ulverton. It was neat to hear of how the old mill was used in the past, fell into disrepair, and was recently restored – including bringing back in machinery that was used in the time period.
The shredder loosens tangles in the wool before it goes through the carder. Most of the machinery was up and running except for this one which still needed some work on the adjustments. When it is fixed, it will spin the carded and drafted wool.A “dévidoir” for unwinding spools of thread into skeins. An old hand-loom. It takes a lot of time to set it all up! And here is the machine that lines up all the threads to go on the loom. They had a more modern machine (from the 1950’s) that made socks in long tubes. One just had to cut them apart and sew up the toes!
Outdoors they had a few sheep just as “looking sheep.” They don’t actually harvest the wool from them. The covered bridge leading to the mill was burnt down the day after it was restored. So they built it again: the only covered bridge in Quebec to have a sprinkle system in it!There were also some paths where people could walk around and enjoy the outdoors.And while we were there, we took a quick family photo!
While stacking hay at work one day, Stephen came across four “orphaned” kittens. The mother was probably still alive somewhere, but the hay wagon he was unloading came from a different farm. So it seemed the best option to bring them home and feed them. Sarah and Evelyn (and sometimes others if they are available) have been doing this very faithfully many times a day.
So far they all seem to be doing fine and are growing quickly. And there are more kittens coming! Frosting is pregnant and expecting for sometime this week.
How many do you think she’ll have?
I thought pictures were supposed to be taken on my terms.
Thursday, my family surprised me with a bridal shower. I was taken totally by surprise!
The kids loved helping to open gifts! And there was a very interesting game of guess-by-feel.Thank you everyone who worked hard, travelled far, and made time in their busy schedules to bless me so much!
Honeycomb lambed today – a very quick delivery! Evelyn had just checked on her at 2 p.m. and when I went out at 4 p.m., there were two little lambs standing under her drinking! Apparently they didn’t need any help!
Then Apple and her lambs got up from their afternoon snooze.
For a moment it looked as though Apple had quadruplets.
But they sorted themselves out in not too long.
Honeycomb is a little too friendly for photographing.
Cleaning her daughter up…The little ram lamb has ears like his Daddy! Congratulations, Marie-Pier, on your correct guess!
And one of Honeycrisp, just because she was looking so cute!