Monday, September 24, 2012

Look what followed me home from OFFF!

First-place photos and roving from Laura
Garrett, not the ram; I have plenty of rams already, thankeweverymuch!
And what didn't follow me home from OFFF:
Bloom, ready to head north to her new home
 I drove back to OFFF on Sunday afternoon to pick up my photos, deliver Bloom to her ride north to her new home, help a vendor break down her booth, and connect with friends. Then I headed home with Garrett in tow. He is such a fun, positive guy to have around – and it's always great to have someone with whom to talk shop sheep!

This morning we looked at every single member of my flock, discussing fleeces, colors and other characteristics. It's amazing how much better my fleece shots turn out with an extra set of (big) hands. :-)   Below is yummy Bittersweet, twin wethered brother of the sweet little Bloom above:

And below are two shots of my handsome homebred smooth-polled ram Blake, who, interestingly enough, has gotten darker since his spring shearing, when his fleece was nearly white.
Mid-side
Topline
I also have to show what came in the mail on Saturday:
I submitted a photo to the Midwest Shetland Sheep Breeders Association show's photo contest this summer, and it won its division and placed third overall. Besides the cute sheepy barnwood frame, I got $25!

That's it for my "sheep" showing this year, from . . .

13 comments:

Ruth Dixon said...

Yay for you... Rewards from your sheep all the way around.

mctavishfarm said...

I really loved your photo of the sheep next to the tree. The texture was really cool. I wanted to show Tom but he didn't make it upstairs. Any way you could post it in it's full form? Congratulations on the ribbon, well deserved.

Tracy

fiberjoy said...

Sorry I missed you yesterday. I ran out of steam about noon.

Congratulations on the photos! Ed and I saw them Saturday when we were there.

Drawn to Blakes' topline color which is warm and scrumptious looking.

Sharon said...

Congratulations on all fronts! Wow.

sheepsclothing said...

love your photos. congrats on the ribbons!
and the fleeces look amazing. that smoky color on Blake is really neat.

sheeps and me said...

Sooper-Dooper job Michelle.I always enjoy your pictures so that makes it even better that you won. AS for the young man in the back of the truck (the two legged one) I did find him to be very nice.I caught up with him at the Jefferson Sheep and wool hoping to run my fingers through his BFL's but he didn't bring any. I;m still on his waiting list for one.

thecrazysheeplady said...

Congrats!!! And those fleeces....yummy.

Shiralyn said...

Hey great job. The fleeces look fabulous. Looking forward to a couple in the spring. Love those pictures.

Michelle said...

Thanks, everyone! I'm tickled about the ribbons, and so happy with my fleeces. Shiralyn, if you want something specific, it's best to reserve now. No obligation, but I give you first rights that way! Marta's and Bing's (if he's still here) fleeces are already reserved....

Susan said...

You deserve all the accolades! And that fiber! It's beautiful.

Tombstone Livestock said...

Congratulations, on the ribbons. Love Blake's fleece and Bloom's color too.

A :-) said...

Congratulations!!! It's no surprise to me to see those blue ribbons on your photos :-) Yay!!! And third in a national show is pretty impressive, too :-) Plus, you have some very fine looking fleece there!!

Tina T-P said...

Hey, congratulations on your ribbons! And you know that roving is my colors :-) T.