Shearing went well today. The only big problem was the temperature and tomorrow looks to be worse. Here's what our temporary set-up looked like. Note the green tarp for shade but also causing everyone to have a green tinge to their skin.
We had two shearers, a neighbor farmer who helped catch the sheep, The Farmer also wrestling sheep, and me - kind of picking up wool, stuffing it in bags and keeping everyone happy with food and water.
Here is the sea of sheep awaiting shearing with our pretty hill in the background. This is early a.m. and it already looks hot, doesn't it?
We had the battle of the shears – Bruce using electric shears. He has never been here before but has sheared with Kevin at other farms.
Here's Bruce -
Here's Kevin -
All I can say is Bruce finished 67 sheep to Kevin’s 42. Bruce left just after lunch. Kevin stayed to shear some more. Total for day – 109 sheep. Kevin is coming back tomorrow morning to shear the remaining 24 sheep.
That’s it folks – I’ve got the magic number I've been trying to pin The Farmer down to – there are 133 adult sheep – mostly ewes, maybe 3 rams. Then there are at least 60 lambs which didn’t get shorn. But as he says, wait a day. Things happen.
I went in the house for a brief break and what do I find? Six missing guineas from their cage. I knew they couldn't have gone far. I found these three on the windowsill above the sink and couldn't resist the picture. The other three were scattered around the house trying to escape our crazy collies. The dogs were causing too much havoc with the sheep so they were banned to the house - unsupervised. They seem to cause trouble wherever they are.
Those guineas are still in the house (but not for long). It's gotten so bad that I can't have anyone over. But sheep shearers are safe kitchen guests when it is 90 plus degrees and humid outside. After wrestling 50 plus sheep, you too don't smell too good. Picking up fleece isn't the best perfume either but it sure does make your hands soft. Off to the shower for me.....
BOOK PARTY - MAY 5-6
to celebrate the publication of my new book
CRAFTING A PATTERNED HOME.
Our colorful 1751 farmhouse will be open to the public. On view will be many of the projects that are featured in Crafting A Pattern Home along with many other things I have made over the years.
This event will be a celebration of the handmade. I hope the day will inspire you to add some pattern and color to your home.
The event is FREE. Books will be available along with some other things I have made. For more information and directions, see the EVENTBRITE PAGE HERE. Although tickets are not mandatory, it will help me get a count to know what to expect. Hope to see you here in western Massachusetts in May.