Moving swiftly along from the sheep losses of yesterday, l managed to get Alexander (local whiz kid with shears) to come up and tackle my girls. Must say poor Rosematy looks a bit uncomfortable getting her hair cut, but l can asure you she looks a treat now and so much more comfortable.
This is Zoe looking a little coy after her ‘do’. All those buxom beauties around her are this years lambs.
Shearing, spraying, worming and tagging all done and dusted and l have to say a huge thanks to Alexander and his trusty sheep dog. Between them they made short work of something that would have taken me all day to do amid much swearing, stress and loss of tempers all round. Instead l found myself being part of a competent team, with me merely filling syringes and passing over equipment. This is definately an improvement on my d.i.y. efforts of the past years. The releif is overwhelming to have got the job done and out of the way. It’s a bit like the dreaded ironing – you hate doing it so you put it off and the pile just gets bigger and bigger. Yet when you do tackle it, things go quicker than you had thought and a tast you dreaded doesn’t seem half as bad.
With the ladies all coifed and pampered it was time for me to tackle another nasty little job (and beleive me, this one doesn’t seem to be easier after you have done it!) the horrible task of washing the fleeces. I so, so hate this job. Really smelly and seems to take forever. However it has to be done if l want the wool for my ever popular Cat Knit Mice that seem to just fly off the web site and from shows. These little guys start off so cute (tho not the sweetest smelling critters as they are filled with my secret ‘Meow Mix’ that cats go wild for) but soon as puss gets at them all cuteness is gone pretty quickly as the poor mousy is tossed and thrown all over the place. However having said that l shall now give you a picture of my own dear Berti lying asleep and covered with these pesky little mice taking full advantage of his nap. I love this photo, it is just so, so Berti! And on this note l shall finish for today.