This past Wednesday was shearing day at Harvest Thyme. If there is one job out there that is truly labor intensive it is the job of shearing sheep. My parents stopped over that day to watch for a bit and they were quite impressed watching the shearer doing his job.
I remember the first time I ever had my sheep sheared. I was quite sure the shearer was being too rough with my sheep, after all they were/are my children. I was quite sure the sheep were going to be traumatized, after all they were/are my children. I kept wanting to "help" the shearer out but he kept telling me "NO", it was between him and the sheep. George, my shearer, has now been shearing my sheep for the last 5 years. I am "much better" about George shearing my sheep, though, in all honesty, I still have a habit of pointing out which ones are my favorite sheep and too be "nice" to this one or that one. George just nods and keeps shearing and then he tells me which ones he likes and which ones I should "reconsider". And then I nod back too:)
So in honor of Shearing Day 2010 I would like to pass out some awards to a few my sheep.
Best Yearling Fleece Award:
Heaviest Fleece Award:
"Ethan Allan", a Black Cotswold Wether
So what awards would you hand out to your sheep?