A Farm Story
This is a story that started on a sailboat? Yes, a sailboat.
We both had weekday, professional careers. On weekends, Dan was a sailing instructor and I ran the sailing school office. Five months later, we put our careers on hold, sold just about everything that would not fit on the boat and sailed away on a 3 year, 20,000 mile off-shore sailing adventure. Fast forward 8 years and it was time to move ashore. Now what? Why not try a weaving class, horse back riding and get a dog. These three things would eventually lead us to life on the farm.
We quickly fell in love with horses and found ourselves with two horses and all the necessities that go with horse ownership. While we found a very good stable for our large family members, we really wanted to have them live with us so we started the search for a horse property. The dog needed a friend so the second Australian Shepherd came along but he wanted to herd the horses. We found ourselves in herding school which was our first exposure to sheep. Weaving was a rewarding hobby that just naturally led to wool yarns and where does wool yarn come from? Sheep!
Somehow it all came together when we finally found a beautiful farm to purchase in Enumclaw, WA. It was 10 acres and perfect for our 2 horses and 2 dogs. Well, actually it was a little large and the horses had a hard time keeping up with the grass growth. There were extra stalls in the barn but we ignored that as we settled into our farm the first year. In year two, the 10 acre hay field next door became available for purchase so we expanded the farm. It was also a ploy to ensure our little piece of paradise stayed peaceful and quiet. But what to do with another 10 acres? Sheep!
We started out with five lambs and three years later have a lovely flock of 36 sheep. The purpose of our flock is quality fiber so we are selecting breeds that produce a range from strong carpet qualities that can be used for weaving, to the fine fleece that provide warm, soft, next to your skin fabrics.
It has been a learning curve and an adventure ever since Dan and I first met. Dan initially said to me, "Don't get to know me unless you plan to go with me". If only I had known what that meant that day so long ago. I would not have changed a thing.
Sheri and Dan DeVries