"You should have dried us off first, mom".
"You should have dried us off first, mom".
Here is some serious bikage.
There was every configuration of bike imaginable.
I think this one looks like something plucked from a Dr. Suess book.
The great part about RAGBRAI is that it is a ride, not a race, so people feel free to stop and visit along the route, some of our guests spent nearly an hour at our place. They took pictures of the sheep and llamas...and us. And we took pictures of them and listened to their stories.....SO much fun. I love meeting people from other places, and what better way to meet people than lure them into your front yard with homemade, fresh out of the oven, chocolate chip cookies?
Here are a few pictures of some of the people we met showing some of the places represented.
Team Great Britain
Here is Marie with some of the team. Okay, Okay, so I have a LOT of pictures of team Italia. Give me a break, who doesn't want to see handsome Italian men in spandex?
Minnesota was represented.
It was a wonderful day, and I want to thank all of our new friends for stopping by and taking the time to let us get to know a little bit about your lives. I am kind of sad now that RAGBRAI changes it's route every year and will probably not pass this way again. Perhaps I will have to ride it someday..........hmmmm.....471 miles on a bike...........maybe not.
As for Zach, all that tricycle riding up and down the driveway, chatting it up with the riders and yelling "have a good ride", as they left the property, was a bit much for this three-year-old hard-core biker dude. He and Bosco had to take a little mid-afternoon snooze.
Other goings on. This Saturday, RAGBRAI is going to be traveling right in front of our house. This is an annual bike ride across Iowa (471 miles) in which there are approximately 10,000 registered riders and probably another 6-7,000 that just jump in. Each year there is a different starting point on the west side of Iowa (this year Missouri Valley, Iowa), and a different ending city along the Mississippi river on Iowa's Eastern border. Our daughter Nicole and her boyfriend Andrew are riding this year and they will stop here for a short time before finishing the ride in Le Claire, Iowa. The riders traditionally dip their tires in the river at the end of the ride.
Normally, I do the Farmers' Market on Saturday, but we were informed that we would probably not be able to get in and out of our driveway for most of the day until the riders thin out a bit. So I figured, why not set up a booth out front and sell my cookies and salted nut rolls to the hungry masses? Needless to say this entails a LOT of baking. Nicole has been giving me reports along the way as to what the riders are buying to eat and drink....sounds like some of them have been drinking too much! Sounds like a wild group, should make for good blog fodder.
Isn't he gorgeous? No solid color lambies next spring...well maybe a couple, I have a couple of solid ewes that I can't give up.
I don't actually have rammy lambie here yet, I am trying to make arrangements to get him here since Steve's place is in Michigan and obviously, I am in Iowa.
Now comes the hard part of reevaluating my ewe flock to determine which ewes best fit into my flock goals. Of course I have some ewes that will stay no matter what as pets, but I have WAY too many sheepies right now so I have to make some very difficult decisions :-(.
One of my adult ewes that I will be selling is Sheepy Hollow Red Trillium S22320 (Sommarang Claire x WVF McGyver). Nice moorit flecket ewe with good conformation and tail, fleece is soft, crimpy, shorter staple length. Excellent mother, twined this year with no problems. This is not a recent picture. Trillium's fleece is rooing right now so currently she resembles the creature from the black lagoon. $300
Other exciting news...for me...It looks like I will be able to stay for the whole weekend at the Wisconsin Sheep and wool festival. Originally it looked like I would only be able to go for the Saturday show, but my dear hubby offered to stay home and care for the menagerie whilst sister Marie and I go to Jefferson.....My sister Marie...not Sister Marie, as in a nun...she is not a nun...not to say that she is a bad person or anything like that...she is just clearly NOT a nun.....okay..let's move on. Love you Marie :).
Let's see a show of hands...err comments, anyone else going to Jefferson? I will have to try to post a picture of myself so you can find me...or avoid me..whatever suits your fancy.
I better get back to work, Farmers' Market is tomorrow. I got my 17 dozen cookies baked, eggs collected and ready, polymer clay figurines packed, I will go out and pick my produce and get that packaged, and "they" (the weather guessers) are calling for an 80% chance of rain for tomorrow, geeesh, I may be canning green beans tomorrow night.
My cousin's beautiful daughter Celina was visiting from Germany earlier this month with my Aunt and Uncle from Minnesota. They brought her out to the farm to see the animals and to spend a little time with us. I hope she had a good time...............
I think my uncle did! It's not often you see a retired Airforce Master Sargent getting all slobbery with a llama......
Or a dog.....I wonder what his Airforce buddies would say??