The house

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We planning on building this plan Country Plans a 1 and 1/2 story cabin type house

Sample pictured.  It took what seemed like month to get the the soil tests, septic and foundation design all by our local engineer. And the first thing we started when we moved here was the power, finally 2 weeks ago we have power. What a process!!! Electricy is not over rated. After a few months listening to our trusty generator it is nice to listen to silence.

Property Aerial

As a part of the permit process had to take the above plans by to the engineer to have him beef it up to meet county codes. Finally got our permits!

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New Property

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The End of October, we bought almost 5 acres in Florissant Colorado.  mostly flat with an awesome view of Pikes Peak. Lots of Ponderosa Pines, Douglas fir and Aspens.  We bought a 5-th Wheel moved everything here.  One week later the weather was down in the negatives, Trial by fire.

 

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Stages of Wool Processing

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Fiona, has the best wool, very thick, soft and crimpy

We have a small flock of Shetland Sheep, they are a heritage breed that is small but has very soft wool.  Left with no one to shear this year, I took a “stab” at it and was able to remove most of the fleece intact from 3 ewes.  After giving a bag of the best to a friend she has already done some amazing things!

Raw Wool just from sheep, lots of dirt, hay, debris and lanolin! The cleaning process is called “skirting’

Wool After being cleaned, gently drying

 

Clean Wool!!

 

Ready to Spin…a good quality wool is “crimpy” which allows for easy spinning in to yarn

 

A test piece of the spun wool knitted into a little doily.

 

Now how cool is that!! From Sheep to something to wear!! Thanks Arlette for the pictures!

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