Mulching!

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When you got a pickup truck and a willing kid and a humongous free pile of mulch in the next village over, buddy, you get your flower beds mulched!!!

 

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More Shearing Pictures!

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Well, I have given it a good try.  And I am an awful sheep shearer.  I tried, I honestly did!  But it takes me forever and if I don’t have a very very willing participant, they get upset after awhile and it just is not a good thing.  Since I would like to be able to see my fleeces and spin their wool, I really really need to find a good professional shearer.  Hopefully, soon!

If you’re in the northwestern Ohio, Southwestern Michigan area and shear sheep, please give me a shout?  If not for my sake, for the sake of my sheep?  They are getting laughed at by the other sheep.

Beulah was the worse!  She was unhappy to begin with and no level of snacks would change her mind.  She stomped, she wiggled, she tossed her head, she peed on me.  Three times.  It was then that my sheep shearing dreams were dashed on the rocks of uncertainty.  She did me in.

Well, enjoy some of the pictures of the gang while I was trying to shear two more sheep!

Luna said she’s like to be shorn if treats are involved.  She would probably stand still for awhile for tuna!

We moved the ponies out into the garden to do a little ground work!  They are very good and work cheap.  I can’t put the sheep or goats in there or I would not have a garden left.  But the ponies leave all the garden stuff alone and work on just the grass so it’s a good thing.

 

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Home Shearing…

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Our 4th shearer stopped shearing.  She is having health concerns and working on schooling and well, now we are without a shearer, again.  Four years, four shearers.  What I wouldn’t give for a shearer that is regular, year after year after year!

We tried doing it the traditional way with big heavy clippers and popping the sheep on her rump but that is an art and we were awful at it.  I didn’t want to hurt them anymore than we did so that was a no go.  A friend sent me a video of a lady shearing her sheep on a milk stand with scissors and then with hand shears!  I figgered, I would give it a try.  It took me over an hour, but I did manage to get Emma done.  Mind you, professional shearers would do my whole flock of 15 animals in an hour… but hey, I’m just learning.

Unfortunately, I don’t think I did very well at it.  I did get her cleaned up and lighter in wool, but I didn’t get the greatest clip, and I’m sure that I lost some of this fiber length and such.  But you just gotta do what you gotta don sometimes.

I ordered a pair of hand shears so that my next victim might be a little nicer…  we shall see!

Thank goodness Emma was patient, and as long as the snacks were forthcoming, she was pretty cool about it.  I knew she would be a good candidate, she is very mellow.

Now, the rest?  Hahaha…  I have no idea.

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