Well here it is Wed. April 28th and I'm getting myself super stressed about shearing. Craig and Philo Marcotte are coming this Friday April 30th to shear my 30 sheep. I do not enjoy this part of raising sheep at all. Thank goodness Darcy and Todd will corral the sheep and help with the actual shearing, while I will either hide in the house with my grandson Declan or be upstairs in the barn putting each fleece in a labeled bag, weigh each fleece and line them up to be skirted. I will make donuts early Friday morning, for the shearers to take home and enough for all out help. We get sandwiches made at our local store and break for lunch. Last year we sheared the sheep on April 5th and they almost froze to death! I really thought my poor old Tally was not going to make it. Well, it looks like this year Friday and the week-end are going to be very warm. That isn't good either because then the sheep get sunburn.......hmmmmm do they make sunscreen for sheep?
This past Saturday April 24th Jonathan and I went to the Connecticut Sheep Breeders one day Fiber fair in Vernon, Ct. It was really nice and of course I bought two bags of fleece!!!!! Do I really need to be buying fleece with a barn full of my own? Well, I just couldn't walk past a bag of the most beautiful sparkley white Cormo "Tony". I swear, it just jumped into my shopping bag and said "Take me to Vermont". Next I spotted a beautiful very crimpy medium brown/gray border leicester fleece and once again, it jumped into my shopping bag! After that I did manage to control myself and I could have walked back thru each building but I knew more fiber would be coming home with me. I saw Alison Schantz there and we were both on fiber overload and trying very hard to control ourselves. I think Alison did much better in that department than I did!
Sunday was a very busy, successful day at the farm. Darcy, Jon and I moved Luther the ram and his three amigos to the upper pasture. Jonathan then fertilized alot of the pastures and I repaired broken electric insulators. I had set up portable on Darcy's front lawn so there was very nice grazing for the sheep. Jonathan repaired the broken bridge out in the gully so my big group of girls had some very nice grazing too! It so nice when all the sheep have good grazing and I'm so happy that my sheep are happy.
My little granddaughter Rowan turned 6 yrs. old on Friday April 23rd and Stella, my black ewe was born on Rowan's birthday. Stella was six yrs. old too and she was the one that was blind and must have had a concussion from head butting another sheep about two weeks ago. I'm thinking of making a helmet for Stella to wear, and I will write "Buttheadon the helmet. Well, enough nonsense for today. I will write an update of how the shearing goes and oh yes........WET FELTING CLASS is this Sunday. I'm so excited for this class to happen at the farm. I am going to take the class because believe it or not, I have never done wet felting. So long from Maybelle MaMa.