Eric's Busy Life
Eric and Michael's Colored Angora goat.
"Personally, things are well. Despite the single digit temperatures, we have mini rex litters coming along well and the goats should start kidding very soon. I sheared our does last week and it’s obvious that most of the 'Bare Naked Ladies' are definitely close to kidding. They are fine having been shorn in the cold as they keep warm by staying in the barn and eating plenty of hay. By shearing early, it keeps them close to the barn and less likely to be outside when they give birth. Also, if there is fleece on their bodies, the kids cannot find the mother's udder. The next step will be vaccinating all of the does for CD/T (Clostridium and tetanus); you do this early enough to also pass immunity on to the unborn kids. Being gone so much, I have a 'Kidding 101 Kit' here with instructions at the house, with all of the necessary items in case something goes wrong. This is all very exciting. Our Pyrenees, Emma is doing very well and is almost full grown. She is absolutely beautiful. Its very reassuring to have her here as a daily 'presence' of Cathy Patrick.
I've been committing myself to spinning one bobbin of yarn each evening. I just had 35 pounds of mohair/mohair blends processed and am working to get it spun. It’s very relaxing and I'm using it as my 'ME' time to unwind after a hard day. I have the wheel and everything set up out in the 'parlor' (its like our sunroom) which is where the wood burner is located. I'll have the TV on, and use the light from the TV and the fire to spin by; kinda rustic but very calming. I've spun my first bouclé yarn this week. I was a bit nervous how it would turn out as I've never done it before, but it’s actually very easy."
As Angora breeders and fiber enthusiasts, we can appreciate Eric's expertise in fiber projects. No wonder he is such a great judge for our breeds. Of course, he is great in other breeds too. We also know that he is loved by all, young and old.