We're overly busy this week. Besides a deadline for some illustration work, our annual sheep shearing day is set for Wednesday. Kevin Ford, our blade shearer, will be here along with two other shearers (who use electric shears). We will be shearing in Bernardston, at the greenhouse barn. With over 250 ewes to be shorn, it promises to be a very hectic and stressful day. There is a wool pool happening in Massachusetts this coming weekend. Hence our need to get the wool off the sheep and to the pool to hopefully help to cover the annual cost of the shearing.
Everyone here (that would be the three of us) cannot wait to get this yearly task done with. Talk about stress. Moving sheep, shearing, bagging wool, then moving sheep again. We've got some extra help to help wrangle sheep, skirt wool, bag wool and hopefully get it all done in one day.
Now we have to keep the sheep dry as they cannot be shorn wet. Looks clear for a couple days but chance of thunderstorms on Tuesday evening.
The sunflowers here are from Old Friends Farm, one of the many talented farmers who do the Amherst and Northampton Markets with us. They are greenhouse grown but oh pretty and cheerful sitting on the porch table. Haven't put a seed in the ground yet but will be very soon! Next up after shearing.