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.
Thursday, April 12, 2012
Spring is Springing!
Iris snorkeled her way through this shrub last year...
...and now it's blooming up a storm! Nothing says spring more than bright green grass, bright blue sky, and loads of blooms everywhere! Oh how nice it is! For those of you who follow my blog, you'll remember the picture last summer of Iris, one of my favorite ewes, chewing her way around this shrub? It had virtually stopped blooming and was getting hard to mow around. In fact, some baby trees had started taking hold under it and were growing up through the center of it, much to my dismay. So what did I do? Put the sheep on it, of course! And a fine job they did of cleaning the shrub up and making for easier mowing. Now, we have loads of blooms. Thanks Iris!
What did I do while the sheep pruned the shrub and mowed around it? Why I spun of course!
Little Moonlight and all the other 4-H projects are all doing great. The ewes are grazing everyday now. The grass is already grown enough to be re-grazed where I started them earlier this spring! We have more lambs coming soon. Always plenty of work on the farm!