Friday, April 23, 2010

May sheep safely graze?

Rick came home from his last call last night with a report of a mountain lion on our hill. The client had seen it clearly, toying with his blue heeler, and then lost a three-day-old Hereford calf without a trace. The thought of such a predator gives me pause, but not panic. I think cougars are incredibly beautiful, and they were here first. Besides, we need them to help keep our rampant deer population in check. So life goes on; I just keep my eyes open.

Yesterday I got two more fleeces skirted, so that means I'm halfway through those off the sheep (Inky is still wearing hers). It was such a pleasure to pick through Blackberry's and Browning's dark fleeces as they were warmed by the afternoon sun. Blackberry's was a dream - so very soft, crimpy and lustrous (I had to share a photo of his terrific little tail, too), and Browning's chocolate with a sprinkling of iset was delicious. Today I plan to get Bronwen's hogget fleece done, and hope to finish the last three on Sunday. If anyone is interested in a fleece, now is the time to speak up, before they go to the processor! If you've forgotten what is available, just ask.

Oh, here's the earworm to go with the title of today's post. :-)


That's it for now at . . .

4 comments:

thecrazysheeplady said...

If I didn't raise too many of my own, I'd love to buy one of your beautiful fleeces. I spun some more of your light gray (don't remember which sheep) at a festival over the weekend. So nice!

Michelle said...

Thank-you, Sara; that's high praise from a spinner like you! You were spinning either Bella or her dam Rechel. I still need to skirt my only grey fleece from this year, that from my new ewe Katie.

Goodwife said...

Thank you for including the video of the strings! That was a treat and so beautiful. I also like the way you feel about the cougar. I don't live in an area with any native predators (they were all driven out YEARS ago), but I would feel the same way, we move into their areas, they don't move willingly into ours! :)

MollyBeees said...

Beautiful fleece!