and on, if you count in the old sheep counting language of Northern England & the British Isles.
This past weekend concluded our time with 8 of our May lambs from this year. A very nice farmer in Wallingford discovered our Shetland Sheep and sought us out to purchase the wethers to graze her gorgeous farmland with her 7 Katahdin sheep that she’d acquired. She is a new sheep farmer and was eager to learn more, corresponding with me all summer long while the babies were taking their “first steps”, so to speak. We decided on the move after they were weaned and shorn so that she would have an easier time of introducing them and handling them this fall.
When Amy came to our farm to observe the shearing, our shearer was full of lore and (gore) to entertain. It happened to be one of the visits when he, Fred, had the most “colorful” stories to share about sheep, castration, and “biology” than typical. Yes, we had pizzle-rot discussions and bad jokes about unfaithful husbands, a bucket of “nuts”, and I don’t know what else. But Amy hung in there, unfazed, and still looked forward to receiving her new boys as soon as her fencing was ready.
You can tell by the pictures how fond I am of our sheep, and how social they are with me and everybody. Farmer Amy will be a loving mama to them & they will be her first fleece flock. She’s thinking she’ll just find a wool-pool for her fleeces until she is able to take time to learn about spinning and processing the wool herself.
I feel good about this transaction. Of course, Amy has my contact information and I assured her that I am here should she need me for any reason. I created a lengthy document with helpful information to start her on her way. I am thrilled for my guys, though, to have such a beautiful new home.
And who is left here? I need to count…”Yan, tan, tethera, pethera, pimp, sethera, lethera, hovera, covera, dik, Yan-a-dik, tan-a-dik, tethera-dik, …..
Thirteen, including three adorable ewe lambs from this year’s lambing.
Plenty of babies for us to still love on and keep us in wool & baa’s for the winter coming.