Sunday, April 5, 2009

The ewes are sheared, lambs on the way. . .

And our neighbor showed us "our grandchildren", twin ewe lambs born to Little Red Oak Mallow and Anders, sheep that we sold to them last fall. Anders and Mallow are both solid brown, and from them, he got this little HST and a solid brown ewe. All are healthy and doing fine!

At Little Red Oak today, we got our 15, apparently pregnant ewes sheared by Mike Anderson out of Frederick, WI-- the rams couldn't be kept dry for shearing and will have to wait. Mike and his nephew, the trainee, drove several hours to get here through an early morning snow.
What misery for them! I hope they got more out of the trip to Minnesota than the little check they got for shearing here-- but that seems to be a shearers' life.

I'll get some freshly-shorn sheep photos soon. My sister, as well as Handspinners/flockowner Kim and Angie and their husbands came to help me sort sheep and fleeces for the third year in a row, now. It is such a pleasure to work and share time with them.
I'm hoping to return the favor at Kim's Kimberwood Shetlands soon.

We found the Finn fleeces to be amazingly crimpy-- Angie wanted to spirit away the fawn colored one that is already promised, but she did get to take home the white Finn fleece. It'll be fun to see what she makes from it this year.

Okay, gotta go look at lamb photos on other blogs, now!


Terri D. said...

I'm glad you got your girls sheared. I was wondering, with the wet weather... Ours are done - I love those bags of fleece! Thanks for holding Angie off the fawn Finn fleece. ;-)

Kara said...

I love the pictures in your last post. Sorry to hear about Panda's foot, I hope it feels better for her soon. My spotted lambs beginning to arrive from my Minwawe girls. It feels like it has been such a long wait!

April said...

I wish I would have been able to come again this year. There was just too much going on yesterday. Maybe next year.

Gail V said...

How nice of you all. Panda is now 100%, Kara. If she limps now, it's for sympathy. ;-)
Terri, the fawn finn fleece (say that 3 times) Angie coveted is going to Oregon, my sister's friend; yours will come off Osmo the ram when we get him done! It is pretty stuff. good to hear your shearing went well.
And April! good to hear from you, but I've seen your fleece stash-- you're still busy with last years'!