Sunday, October 24, 2010

A HOWL Founding Mother, Glo, turns 70!

One of our founding mothers, Glo, hit a major milestone, turning 70! HOWL still greatly benefits from her kindness, wisdom, and on-going involvement on the collective. Happy Birthday, Glo!

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Pumpkins and Club HOWL

Pumpkin carving morphed into a Club HOWL dance Par-teeeee, complete with a blinking headlamps strobe light. Rock on, grrrrrls!

Three Gals Roofin' at HOWL

Annie, Vanessa, and Anya started in on the barn roof project! Here's boss Annie showin' us how it's done. Is she smiling because it's fun or because she's thinking about skyping a certain special gal?

The Before shot...

...and Vanessa after the moss has been scraped off. We laid out three rolls of asphalt roofing sheets that Annie hauled up, smiling the whole way. Good work and good fun!

Fall Glory at HOWL

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Fall Shearing of the lambs

Vanessa, Laura & Anya all took part in the fall shearing. Vanessa is the shearer and Laura is typically the "coach" who reminds the shearer of the next move, takes the machine if the sheep start struggling and general helps hold and handle the animal through the shearing. Anya is behind the camera here, but after a few pointers and observation of how we do it, Anya filled in as the "coach" for several of the lambs that were shorn yesterday.

Shearing is an exciting time for sheep farmers. Icelandic sheep are shorn twice per year and the fall wool is at it's best. It's also a chance to see just how good the animal looks under all that fleece! Summer pastures at HOWL treated them well! They all scored a 3.5 (out of 5) or higher on the their body condition scoring. A good hoof trimming and some organic garlic treatment for their tummies and they are back on pasture.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Anya's butch moment

Anya gets butch with the weed trimmer. After a quick lesson from Vanessa, Anya takes off for the fields to whack down the beginnings of HOWL trails.

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Vanessa & chickens

Buff Orpingtons, Red Stars, Rhode Island Reds, Australorps, Black Stars, Plymouth Barred Rocks...

Sheep & Fall Colors

Incredible Double Rainbow

A majestic double rainbow appeared over Crouching Lion this week. Laura, Anya and Suki were blessed with the opportunity to bask in it's grace and presence.

Saturday, October 2, 2010

More Aunt Angy

Anya's great aunt Angy graces HOWL with her lovely presence. Stories, laughter, and good times.

Friday, October 1, 2010

Anya's great aunt Angy joins farmer Vanessa to feed the wiggers!