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, November 22, 2013

Coolest leg bands I've ever seen...

So where'd we go?  To a place that has THE coolest legbands for poultry I've ever seen! lol
Ok...we cracked up at this one!

Some of you readers might recognize this rooster...or perhaps might have even been the one to create the best leg bands I've ever seen.  Where is this?  Oh, I can't reveal it that fast!  For those of you who do not know this fellow, he's a giant rooster that stands nearly five feet tall.  This picture was taken exactly one week ago today and the flowers there were still gloriously blooming!  I felt a strong need to breathe in all the fresh oxygen we felt in this place.  Very refreshing.  Very unforgettable.

So yes, we've missed a few markets.  We've had some circumstances in our family that kept us from the market earlier in the season, then this trip right on the tail end of those circumstances.  There was sadness, and the fun of flying away all rolled up into a tight few weeks of time.  We hope to be back at the market soon, and if so, we'll post if we can.  

In the meantime, things have quieted down here.  The breeding groups are apart and the rams settled back down.  No one has splintered any wood for awhile now.  Our grazing is completely done and snow is on the ground today.  A little freezing would be a good thing now, as the mud would dessicate and turn hard, rather than the continous mud we've had after heavy rains.  Thus the peaceful time begins, as we wait for lambing to begin after the new year.

Speaking of holidays, can you believe Thanksgiving is so close?  I can't! Got your turkey?  Ready to thaw it?  Know where your decorations are?  Oh boy!  Time sure is flying!  I better spin awhile and think about all the things I need to do.... 

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