Monday, June 05, 2006

Daily Farm Photo: 6/5/06


Sheepsitter In Action

Well it was quite a weekend. The most wonderful part, of course, was getting all 44 adult sheep sheared on Saturday afternoon (the lambs don't need to be sheared until next year). On Friday we tried to find someone to shear the sheep (because we really, really, really didn't want to do it ourselves). No luck.

On Friday night we received a surprise phone call from none other than our favorite shearer who had been out of commission with a broken leg. He was back in business! Despite the fact that it was 88 degrees in the shade and very stuffy in the barn, everything went exceedingly well, and he was done in less than 3-1/2 hours. The flock looks great (and there is so much more room in the barn).

No, your eyes aren't playing tricks on you--the sheep in this photo have not been sheared. You see, while they are thrilled to have shed their heavy winter coats, they'll be a little camera shy for a few days until their wool grows out a bit.

10 comments:

  1. You live in the most awesome, story book setting.

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  2. Congrats on the blog anniversary as well as on shearing all the sheep! They (and you) must feel like such a big weight is off their shoulders! What's next for the sheared wool?

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  3. Nothing like naked camera shy happy hopping sheep! It's really funny when they come out of the barn all naked. I think they feel like lambs all over again! Wonder why humans can't be that lucky?

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  4. I bet they feel wonderful. Now, what do you do with the wool? Do you spin? I just started a few months ago, and love it.

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  5. our lone sheep was sheared last year - about a year too late and i am sure she was embarassed afterwards.

    normally, she runs to the fence for some loving and for a few days she refused to even look at me. lol

    love your blog.
    nik

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  6. So is that Carey out there mingling with all the big sheep? Is she getting along well with the others, or does she cling to you all the time?

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  7. Okay, caught up on the last few days... wow... wow.. wow.. I missed alot.
    I like the name Cassie for a lamb -- or Casey, or Cody.... just a few suggestions.
    And I would think that the sheep would want to show off their new "do's" -- even it if is a bit uneven -- you wont be able to tell soon enough. (Sheep sheering is a huge undertaking even for the hired man. He's definitely not there to do a "for show" job.)

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  8. Happy Birthday Beattie! Congratulations Farmgirl for one year of inspiring, entertaining, uplifting, educating, and enlightening your fans from all over.
    I love Cary, Dan, Bear, Doodlebug, Robin, all the darling lambs and adults too, and your awesome pictures of what you see every day. Thank you Susan for making a difference every day.

    Felice, Portland, Maine

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  9. I love your sheep sitter! This picture/place is beautiful and gives me a wonderful feeling of peace! At the moment, it is used as my desktop background...

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  10. your blog is beautifull...i love these fotos...continiu....

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