Failures on the Homestead

Yesterday was rough as far as dropping the proverbial ball... First, our bees arrived with no notice to us so our hive wasn't quite ready. The rush job to pick the bees up and get them installed led to me making a big boo boo when installing our queen and she escaped from the excluder … Continue reading Failures on the Homestead

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Maggie’s First Harvesting

Miss Maggie Moo is almost 4 months old today and I noticed that she's been grooming an awful lot more than usual. So, I decided to harvest her wool. She is an English Angora so you're supposed to be able to just pluck out their loose wool as they "blow coat" every 3-4 months. I … Continue reading Maggie’s First Harvesting

Help, I’m a Spinster Woman!

How blindsided of me that it took 25 years to connect the term "spinster woman" to the craft of spinning? In my curiosity, I researched the term. According to theĀ Online Etymological Dictionary, A spinster: mid-14c., "female spinner of thread," from M.E. spinnen (see spin) + -stere, feminine suffix. Spinning commonly done by unmarried women, hence … Continue reading Help, I’m a Spinster Woman!