There are a lot of times I feel like just…flipping the vegan script.
It’s not ‘polyester’ it’s plastic
It’s not ‘vegan leather’ it’s plastic
Its not ‘faux fur’ it’s plastic
Plastic is a pollutant and causes far more damage to the environment both now and in the future than leather or wool.
Please stop telling me that the Plastic Lyfe is the only life, it is not. My leather shoes will last a decade where pleather is lucky to last 12 months. Leather (and wool) decompose and are renewable. Plastic is neither of those.
A single wash cycle of plastic-based fiber (polyester, poly fleece, faux fur) may release 700,000 pieces of microplastic into our waters. Nasty stuff.
Wool is the most environmentally friendly fabric despite being an animal product.
Using wool isnt even harming sheep
Sheep need to be sheered or else it will cause serious problems. It’s a mutual relationship, we help sheep get rid of the pesky wool and it gives us a very useful material.
This has been a Burning Hot Take™
help I’ve fallen and am perfectly capable of getting up but refuse to
Your Fave Is Problematic: Sheep
- Has fallen and is perfectly capable of getting up but refuses to
- Excessively woolly if left unshorn
- Probably eats bugs with their grass
The fun fact no one asked for: that sheep can’t get up! When a sheep’s spine is curved and she’s on her back, she can’t move her legs enough to right herself. If there’s a clump of grass or stone preventing the sheep from rolling over, she just has to lay there until a human comes to help.
When shearing, we use the same principle to make the sheep stay (relatively) still for the process.
I’ve not been very active on this blog lately. Being away at college I am only around the farm on weekends, but today I did this.
This is my first time shearing our sheep! We’ve always had someone in to shear since my grandpa got sheep 40 years ago but he retired last year and it’s really hard to find people who shear in our area. I went to a school a few weekends ago (after being told by another group that I wasn’t strong enough to learn) and we bought a new set of shears that just came in yesterday. I didn’t do the whole flock today, but I got a good start!
These cuties were born just a week apart from one another and are both girls. The lighter one is named Honeybee and the darker Cupcake.
-the fence post driver I used today was my great-great grandfather’s
-my grandma’s family would stick a chicken’s neck between two nails on a board to scald and pluck it, but my grandfather’s familty hung them on the clothesline for the whole process
-my house (my grandfather’s childhood home) used to have a breezeway connecting the house to the summer kitchen, which is now a garage
-they used to hang cuts from the hogs in the breezeway and sugar cure them there
-my grandma’s family had a large summer kitchen that they also used to store coal in, but later used primarily for laundry
-you had to roll clothes up as you took them off the clothesline, then sprinkle them with water before you ironed them
-my grandma took in the neighbor’s ironing as her job as a teenager
New heifers arriving later today!
Hay hooks tend to bring out my inner pirate…
This adorable little dummy fell asleep in the water dish
A Very Distinguished Gentleman
Waiting for their grain
Cleaned out the old goat pen today and found the remains of a feeder about 2 feet down that no one has any memory of…
Having 6 sets of goslings on the pond is less fun when they are all grown up!
I Know Why the Caged Tomato Sings
They only do this when they think no one can see them…
I don’t care how old I am, whenever I have to scale a stack of big bales in the barn, I am going to declare myself king of said barn.
A few pictures of the litter that found their forever homes a few weeks ago