Shetland Sheep: Rich in History, Rich in Textiles
Shetland Sheep: Rich in History, Rich in Textiles! Our farm mission is to enjoy and promote the wonderful diversity of the Shetland breed by fully utilizing to the best of our ability all they have to offer historically. We believe the best preservation and management of this breed includes it's full spectrum of history. We encourage old and new shepherds alike to join in the fun by engaging in fiber arts, especially spinning and knitting, as this breed is so intimately linked with those aspects of the arts.
Friday, February 3, 2012
They're here! They're here!
They've finally arrived! The wait was a long one, and hard! Mom was past her due date but looking healthy all along. The babies were disco-ing inside not even thinking of the journey to come.
So here's what worked best! Ready for this one?? Run out to the barn on a nice Friday afternoon to check on mom. Study her for a few minutes. Nothing unusual! With all fine, run back up to the house, put on your nice city clothes (and stupidly think a WHITE sweater would be nice!!!), and drive off the farm...with no worries because DH will be home in just over an hour or so.
Hum along in a city down the road, taking your time as you browse and pick up things for the weekend. Make sure the cell phone is handy in pocket, for it might ring during grocery store aisle social hour.
Sure enough, while chatting away in the store aisle, the phone rings!! AND GUESS WHO IT IS! :))))
Now those of you who've followed the events of our farm might be reminiscing right about now...for this is beginning to sound familiar!
Sure enough! DH arrived home and after moseying around in the house a few minutes, strolled out to the barn to finish chores. Not much needed to be done, just throw a little hay and run the sheep in. Hum hum hum...hum hum...just a normal Friday night. When he got to the 4-H project's pen, he peeked inside to talk to them, and see how things were going. As he was talking to them, he realized that there was a little white thing just in front of mom. It took a minute for it to sink in! Then he saw a little dark thing laying in the clean straw. Time to make that phone call!!!
YOU'RE JOKING! NO WAY!! HA, HA! GOOD ONE! Why suddenly does it seem the whole store is in our aisle, listening? Carts are bumping, and people have things to study near us on the shelves...it's a traffic jam.
After excusing ourselves from grocery store updates with old friends, we dashed home to find DH had done a fantastic job finding the little surprises! Primrose had twins! Exactly what we hoped for! One is a little girl who is white all over like her mom. The other is a little boy who is white in the face but black over most of his coat! That was sure a surprise!
Tonight they are sleeping peacefully, in a warm box we've prepared for them, with tummies full of that warm amazing first food.
Tomorrow is sure gonna be fun!