Saturday, January 30, 2010
Friday, January 29, 2010
Meet Mapleton Peep (front and center)
Here is a rear view of Peep.
Thursday, January 28, 2010
Wednesday, January 27, 2010
This is Minwawe Cha Cha. She is a moorit ewe that will be four years old this spring. She is by Minwawe Pan and out of Minwawe Dancer. She had single ewe lambs the past two years, but I think she will twin this year, as she is almost as wide as she is tall right now. She is the most shy of my flock but if one would survive in the wild...my money would be on her. I love her fuzzy cheeks and her fleece spins like a dream with lots of luster. She is bred to Minwawe Bahama and I am very excited about her lambs. Cha Cha or her lambs, will be offered for sale after weaning, but not both. She has so many great qualities, I can't let her genetics slip out of my flock but there is a limit on how many solid moorits I will retain in my small flock. She carries spots so I expect some flashy lambs!
Tuesday, January 26, 2010
Pictured from Left to Right: Mapleton Violet (High Bid Hester X Minwawe Bahama) twin exposed to Mapleton Zeus, Dessie her half sister (you already met her) and Harvest Thyme Quechee a black gulmoget in front of her added to my flock from OH, and Mapleton Peanut Brittle (Twin Springs Cotton Candy X High Bid Kermit) - triplet to Carmel and is a solid moorit. The three on the right were not bred this fall as they were the smallest of the 2009 ewe lambs so I decided to give them a year to grow. Even though the 3 Mapleton ewes were over 50 pounds, Violet weighed the most. I am not sure if Violet took but time will tell. Hoping for a black based katmoget from her or her mother.
Monday, January 25, 2010
Cotton Candy was my first Shetland ewe. She will always remain in my flock and is flock "queen" and all her subjects know it! It works out well as she is very friendly. Most of the time she follows me...everyone else follows her. Who needs a herding dog when you have a Cotton Candy. Her breeding is Twin Springs Gideon X Twin Springs Gemma. She was single born to a yearling mom in 2006...but has twined (2008) and carried triplets (2009) herself. Her color is still up for debate. A registered fawn but I sometimes question if she may also be Ag. I retained a ram lamb and two ewe lambs from this ewe (Cooper, Carmel, and Peanut) and she is the grandmother to three other lambs I retained (Libby, Peep, and Zeus). I lost Cooper to a horn incident involving his father and the fence, his son Zeus is filling his place in my flock for the time being. Cotton Candy is smirslet so I am very excited to see what type of flash her and Minwawe Bahama will throw. Most of her lambs from this year will be available for sale this year...although I might be tempted to keep just one! : )
Sunday, January 24, 2010
High Bid Hester (Maple Ridge Logan X High Bid Gladys Lucille)
2007 black triplet ewe
As a yearling she had a half polled black ram lamb and last year she had twins, a black smirslet horned ram lamb and a HST black and white ewe lamb (Violet). Her and her daughter were in Mapleton Zeus' breeding group. I hope to keep one or two of their lambs, but the others will be offered for sale. I expect her to have twins or triplets this year and her daughter if she took I would expect to single. She is an all around wonderful ewe. I could sing her praises but I will let this photo of her speak for itself.
Friday, January 22, 2010
Thursday, January 21, 2010
Saturday, January 16, 2010
~ Mapleton Carmel Apple ~
Out of Twin Springs Cotton Candy and by High Bid Kermit. NFS
"Carmel" was exposed to Mapleton Rip Tide before he was sold, so she might be bred for March or April lambs. She a triplet and full sibling to Cooper who was sire to Peep, Zeus, and Libby (you will meet them another day). The rich color, handle, luster, and crimp to her fleece when you part it makes you say "wow that's lovely". She is wonderfully built and has Kermit's most perfect tail that he stamps on all his offspring.
Friday, January 15, 2010
I thought I'd do a meet the flock series here on my sales blog so you can see the rest of lambs I got last year and meet my foundation flock. The 2009 lamb above is NOT for sale...but her parents were bred together again so I might get another one like her. Dessie was not bred this year but will be as a yearling. She is a black and white flecket out of Minwawe Serendippity and by Minwawe Bahama. She is the sweetest thing! She is the twin to Mapleton Rip Tide. Her mom lost her half her udder to a bout with mastitis so her siblings might be bottle lambs. If you are willing or able to raise a bottle lamb this spring, please let me know and I can keep you posted. It might be a great opportunity to get a fantastic lamb at a discounted price.
Friday, January 8, 2010
It has arrived. All are sport weight, 2 ply, 150 yards, 4 ounce Alpaca wool blend skeins. The wools are brown and black Shetland, white Cheviot, and the Grey my Corriedale cross. Pricing is to me determined...it was pricey to have done...so I am try to figure out a fair price that still covers my cost and makes it worth parting with. Suggestions welcome. I do have a vendor number but yet to put it to any use. Someday I will have to get to a farmers market or fiber festival. For know I will begin by having a family and friends sale, if you have any interest please let me know.