|This is Jenna extracting a full comb.|
On Saturday I went to my Wool 101 class out at Cold Antler Farm. A couple months back she posted that she needed donations for her barn raising and was offering 3 different types of classes for anyone nearby. I chose the wool one.
In a nutshell she demonstrated cleaning wool, then taking the raw wool and putting it through a drum carder. Last we spun the wool on our homemade drop spindles that a friend of hers made for us. It really was incredible, but the trip didn’t end there.
While I was out there I got to go out into her pasture and pet Tasty (the cow she’s babysitting) and her goat Finn. I got honked at by her geese and felt hot sheep breath on my hands when they came up to me at the fence. I got to play with 3 cute dogs, eat cider donuts and pumpkin pie, drink coffee, meet some new friends, and watch a chicken lay eggs on some hay outside the window.
|When I see a sheep I get an overwhelming urge to hug it.|
Jenna also opened up her hive and pulled out a very full honeycomb. Then she brushed the remaining bees off, carried it inside and showed us how she extracts it. Besides having to stand near tons of bees for a few moments, everything else she did seemed easy. It made me a lot more knowledgeable and confident about owning bees someday. I even got to take a small jar of it home.
|Looking at honeycomb makes me realize how smart and awesome bees are.|
When our time was done she was kind enough to invite me to the Apple Festive in Cambridge. It’s such a lovely town and although the festival was small, I had a great time. We even got to witness a pie eating contest.
|The guy in the overalls won.|
Going into the day I was a little nervous because although I’d talked to Jenna on the phone once, I was going to the home of someone I really admire. When I got there all nervousness diminished and I felt like I was hanging out with an old friend. It helped that she had a copy of Whip It next to her TV and her house has silly, slanted floors like mine. I also appreciated that she had stacks of books everywhere, many of which I own or have read.
Considering she lives less than an hour away, and we have lots of similar interests, I imagine I’ll see her again sometime in the future. Make sure to check out her blog and her books too. Thanks again Jenna!