Saturday, May 10, 2008
After cancelling the last shearing appointment due to poor human intestine health and very cold weather at night, we sheared yesterday.
Quick and painless, all the girls and boy sport a trendy short hair due which will last them 'til late October!
It takes the sheep a while to figure out who is who after they let down their wool. A lot of baaing and sniffing until everybody is finally satisfied with their identification efforts and settles down to munch on some grass or chew their guts after all that commotion.
Shearing always means bags of wool, with spring fleeces being considered 2nd class, since they have a lot more vegetable matter (hay, straw...) than the fall fleeces. Most of the time they are shorter as well. Still, they have to be stored and at some point put to use.
In front of my inner eye I see them converted into beautiful rugged rugs. Time will tell just how powerful this inner eye of mine is .....
Ever wondered if shearing is hard work? Take a look at my preteen son!