Yan, Tan, Tethera



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.

12 responses to “Yan, Tan, Tethera

    • Thank you, Lauren! What a beautiful place it is- Amy has enough pasture for 20+ Shetland! I hope it is a good go for her, for the boys… I know you enjoyed them for all of their wonderfulness and I know she is looking forward to bonding with them.

    • Thanks, Lauren! Glad you had a chance to be with the motley crew before they headed to their new home. There’ll be more next year, though! More to cuddle!

    • Thank you, Judy! They are in good hands, their new owner is meticulous with their care thus far and sending me updates! I couldn’t ask for a better home. I’m just overjoyed for the boys, for their new owner!

  1. Your flock is looking good and as if it (and the pastures) made it through summer in fine shape. I also appreciated the glimpses of the distant Vermont hilltops … beautiful. The highlight of the post for me however was its title and the link to the counting system which I had not heard of before. As soon as I send off this comment I’m gonna check out the link in its entirety. Thanks, as always, for letting us know what’s going on up in your neck of the woods. D

    PS: I’m still receiving ALL of the comments to your posts in my READER! Did you ever ask your Guru about that? Seems like a really weird phenomenon. D

    • Yes, D, the title! Me, having fun with children’s rhymes & knitting rhymes & old counting systems…I was first made aware of the “Yan, Tan Tethera” from my children’s subscription to “Cricket Magazine” when they were younger. There was a nice article in it about the counting system.

      The Vermont hilltops you spied are termed the “White Rocks” and are a popular hiking mountain!

      Working with my “guru”, Jimmy, to fix those comments in your reader – so sorry!

  2. So happy those lambs have such a wonderful new home. Thank you for sharing all those pictures, too! And I’ve long loved the counting system. So lyrical and ancient-seeming.

    • Thank you for the visit, Rebecca – true the counting system is charming! Makes me wish we counted so sing-songy!

    • Thanks, Mr. Jimmy!!! We’ll miss those little woolies, but the report has been good this week. Their new mama loves them very much and asked me today if I knew of a good pastime for them! Imagine? She wants to make sure they stay entertained! So cool!

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