Tuesday, 3 May 2011

The Arrival of Jumble & Jelly.....

I hope you all had a wonderful extended bank holiday weekend, ours was wonderful.  So many lovely people popping in on Saturday to chat about "the dress" and "the parties", so much fun and we love the buzz of the community that seems to be growing around the shop, it's so much more than we had even dreamt of.

Then two days off, amazing, our poor children took all of Sunday to work out who we were, but have no fear, by Monday they were back in the swing of things!

Monday was such an exciting day for us because we went to see our very own Jumble & Jelly, who are two of the most lovely North Ronaldsay sheep, who are classified as "Endangered" on the RBST List (Rare Breed Survival Trust).  We are fortunate enough to have a small woodland and pasture where we have bred rare breed pigs and sheep in the past, along with endless poultry.  So Jumble and Jelly arrived at their new home today and are settling in well.  Our aim is to, as always, preserve and ensure conservation of our nations breeds of livestock, which through general commercialism have declined to endangered levels.  This means we need to find sustainable reasons for keeping and breeding them in the future.

The North Ronaldsay sheep provide dense, knittable and beautifully coloured fleeces which make wonderfully warm and durable outdoor jumpers.  We will be shearing, cleaning, carding and spinning (not all by ourselves I hasten to add!) then selling this fabulous wool at Jumble Jelly - thus ensuring a reason to keep and breed these wonderful animals for future generations.

Rox and Debs xx

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