Suzanna Crampton – Honorary Ambassador For January 2020

Suzanna Crampton – Honorary Ambassador For January 2020

We would like to introduce our honorary Ambassador for January, Suzanna Crampton from Bennettsbridge in Co.Kilkenny. We are delighted to include Suzanna in our network of Farming For Nature Ambassadors. These individuals have been chosen in acknowledgement of their...
(RIP) Bodacious The Shepherd Cat

(RIP) Bodacious The Shepherd Cat

Truly Sad Tidings. I had to have Bodacious put to sleep late Friday afternoon, on 1 February, Imbolc, traditionally known as the first day of spring in Ireland. This day is more commonly known as Saint Bridget’s day.    These past 3 weeks, he had been under...
Desiderata “desired things” by Max Ehrmann

Desiderata “desired things” by Max Ehrmann

Max Ehrmann Desiderata Go placidly amid the noise and haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence. As far as possible without surrender be on good terms with all persons. Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to others, even the dull and the...
How does Hard Copy Journalism Get it so Right But So Wrong?

How does Hard Copy Journalism Get it so Right But So Wrong?

It’s enough to make you weep in frustration when a hard-copy journal editor gets it so right but errs at the same time. I was notified today by a friend via Twitter that my Zwartbles blankets were in Saturday’s Irish Examiner ‘Property’ section...
My Zwartbles Lamb Chop & Pear Stew

My Zwartbles Lamb Chop & Pear Stew

Harvest time for lambs is in September – October when the lambs are 9 – 10 months old. Due to their leanness Zwartbles as a breed are slow to mature into a good harvestable condition. They are finished here on clover and apples, which sweetens the meat....
The Verge writes about My Vines

The Verge writes about My Vines

I have been making these 6 second looping vines for a while now which mostly appear on my twitter account @zwartblesie . The online magazine  The Verge took a fancy to them and wrote a lovely piece. You can read about it here “The...
What is a Raglan Sleeve?

What is a Raglan Sleeve?

Here is a short film of fiber artist Anita Marnell demonstrating what a raglan sleeve is on a sweater knitted in home spun Zwartbles yarn by Alexander Kronsteiner . [pl_video type=”youtube” id=”76tU80PDMpI”]
Shearing Ewe Lambs 2016

Shearing Ewe Lambs 2016

I feel for black sheep in this sunny summer heat also as I caught 2 cases of fly strike very early and I do not like pouring chemicals on them I had the lambs all shorn. Here is a short film of them getting their hot fleeces off in this summer heat [pl_video...

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