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.

Sunday, June 30, 2013

Snowball is, well, snowballing!

 Polar Bear is growing up....FAST!

Isn't he cute!  Polar Bear is Posie's little lamb, and the youngest in our flock, yet he is the fastest growing of all.  His rate of gain has been impressive and we are pleased!  Remember when I posted about him back when he was born?  I kept wanting to call him Snowball for some reason, even though we named him Polar Bear.  Then one night, as we were discussing the lambs, it dawned on one of us that little Snowball would be a good name for him because he is BEGINNING to snowball.  Just imagine a great big snowball sailing towards you....oh boy!  I hope he stays the nice little guy he is now and doesn't become a big, nasty snowball!  Notice his little horns?  And his fleece is really, really nice!  The way it's looking now, we will use him for the East Friesian flock, but it's too early to tell yet.  So far, we're pleased!

The market on Saturday was really, really nice, too!  It was pleasantly cloudy and overcast, with a coolness to the air.  I think some thought is wasn't summer enough, and it wasn't, but for a shepherdess who is definitely blazing hot sun and drought weary (I guess it is forever ingrained in my mind), it was very pleasant!  And I could be away from the farm knowing my sheep were getting some good grazing.  Despite the coolness, there was a LOT of great food to be found!  I noticed the onions, cucumbers, flowers, beans, and such were definitely selling out.  And for us, being in between pasta and a European style baker....well things were great!  You don't want to miss it!

Today is again a beautiful day with fresh air, singing birds, and lots of green grass.  In fact, it's so lovely out there, I really shouldn't be in here blogging!  So I'll keep it shorter for today.
A hatchery hen caught galloping across the lawn an hour ago.

Coming up next, pictures of Wheely Wooly Peat, who will be for sale as soon as he's weaned!  He's very handsome...a moorit fellow with white on his right cheek, and somebody's gonna be lucky to get him!  

Happy Summer Evening everyone!

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