Wool. Everywhere. Part 2: Shearing Day (Continued)
Onward with the sheep shearing process…
The evening’s work stopped about 9:30 or 10:00 pm. It’s still light out, so visibility is just fine far into the night. But we break after 50 something sheep. Time for a cuppa in the kitchen and then a hot shower before bed. We’ll be at it again in the morning. The guys will shear 75 or 80 more sheep. Millie and I will roustabout. Phil and Charlie will work the other end, getting the sheep into place. (Hmmmm, where was Charlie in all those photos? I swear he was there and he was working!) We usually finish up by 1:30 pm, have lunch and then Dan and Bill will head out. Then the rest of us might walk the sheep back out to their pastures or run them through the pen/lineup/release routine again to administer medication, vitamins or markings. By 4pm we’re done too. The rest of the day is for reading, relaxing, and breaking out a few beers!
Again, great photos and info. I am loving your updates!
Love hearing from you, Emilie! Sending hugs from the Scottish highlands to the desert lowlands!
I am loving your tale of the sheep farm. We are heading to the UK on the 15th. We will be staying at the Goose Barn in Haltwhistle for 3 weeks. If you are not going home and want to visit we would love to see you. Probably best to reach us through David’s email at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Would love to join you but Ill be heading back to the States on the 15th. Promised my dog (and those taking care of him) I’d be back. Hope to come visit all you ladies in the fall. Want to see those New England colors! And of course, all of you.
I love this!! Tee hee!!
Knew you would. Written with you and a few other sheep-obsessed folks in mind. Sending you hugs!