Win­ter jobs

Country Smallholding - - Feature Donald Macsween -

Win­ter was a good time to get some odd jobs out of the way. I spent a few evenings sort­ing out my 2017 He­bridean wool and get­ting that sent off to be spun into yarn. I tried this last year and it was very suc­cess­ful, so I have sent away more wool this time round. I hope the yarn will be back with me be­fore the tourist sea­son re­ally kicks-in, and that I can get the yarn back into shops. In all the years I have been pro­duc­ing wool, last year was the first time I ac­tu­ally made any profit on it all, so send­ing it away is a no-brainer.

The same ap­plies to lamb skins. When I sent lambs to my lo­cal abat­toir last year, I re­quested that they kept the skins for me. I would re­turn the day af­ter drop­ping- off lambs and col­lect the skins. I had a pal­let at home where I salted the skins and stored them for a few months. In Fe­bru­ary I loaded up the skins and took them to the neigh­bour­ing is­land of Skye to be pro­cessed at the tan­nery there, Skyeskyns, and I should have th­ese back in early Spring too.

Two wee side­line op­er­a­tions that have proven very pop­u­lar in the past, and hope­fully will again this year.

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