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Farm tour: Bees and fiber

In addition to giving my love to all of the farm animals, two farm highlights were beekeeping and weaving. When I learned of all the things that needed to be done around the farm, one of my bucket list farm to-do's was to dress up in a beekeeping outfit and see the bees at work. Mission accomplished. The only downside to this was that within one-hour of arriving to the farm, I got stung by a wasp on my wrist. Not only was my hand in a lot of pain, but as the day went on (and for the next 72 hours), my hand continued to swell - big time. I could barely use my hand. While my allergy to stings/bites is incredibly uncomfortable, I wasn't going to pass up on the opportunity to see the magic life of bees. Julie is extremely passionate about fiber spinning and weaving . She has several looms around the farm property and plenty of furry animals to help her pursue her love of spinning fiber into yarn. Inside the Sheppard's Croft (wher

Say hello to my furry farm friends

I'm a 28-year vegetarian and based on the pictures I share on social media, it shouldn't come as a surprise that I love animals. I can't help myself when I see a dog, cat or farm animal - I just have to say hello. Truth be told, I've been known to have great conversations with my furry friends (#noshame). I even rescue spiders and ants from our house so that no creature is ever harmed. While there was a lot to do around the Jehovah Raah Farm during my birthday trip, I couldn't wait for the moment when I could be with the animals. Located in Candler, North Carolina, Julie (the owner) uses the fiber from the animals to spin into yarn. On the farm you will find Alpacas, (Suri and Hucaya), Angora Goats, Angora Rabbits, Shetland Sheep, Scottish Highland Cattle, Llamas, Honey Bees, Road Island Red Chickens and Black Spanish Turkeys - all freely grazing around their little piece of heaven. Julie even taught me how to spin fiber into a wall hanging on a large floor