a few days ago our girls were finally given a long overdue makeover from a rather lovely sheep shearer called Pete
now - we are new to this sheep keeping malarkey but felt pretty confident that between us we could round up 7 sheep - i mean, how difficult could it be?
Boreray sheep are not your normal slightly dim sheep - they are sly and cunning
normal sheep all stay together in a group, looking at each other with worried little faces, not knowing where to go but knowing that they are all going together.....
Boreray , when herded, look straight in your eye and then split up - each one running at great speed to a different part of the field.......
we tried everything - sweet talking, bribing with food, chasing whilst flapping our arms........
yup - the neighbours (and birds) had a great laugh at our expense......
after an hour or so and with Pete about to leave his farm, we put in a mercy call to ask if he would bring along a little help.......
you can see her in one of the pictures - Sally the sheep dog x
she leaped over the fence with ease and grace, obeyed all her commands and just looked fantastic!
Pete thought that it took her about three times as long to herd our girls than normal sheep, and they went in as two separate groups but they went in - oh the relief!
looking a little bedraggled as some of their fleece had started to come away as it should - Boreray are a native, hardy breed that should never need shearing.
our girls kept some of their fleece as they have not produced any babies this year
next year we will hopefully have lots of lambs and naturally bald sheep :)
look at the size of the horns on Rodders!!
Rodders is kept in a separate paddock from the girls for obvious reasons, his abode is behind the girls so we had to release him in with the girls so that they could be rounded up together
they all met for the first time x
he seemed overwhelmed by them at first - but once in the shearing area he was just plain nasty - using those horns to push them around.
since they have been back in separate paddocks one of the girls seems to have taken a shine to the "bad boy" - she sits at the adjoining gate waiting for Rodders to compliment her on the new hair do....
he just struts past - boys are mean.
this is a picture of Stephen rolling the fleece - they will be off to a local spinner shortly and then we will have our own yarn - so exciting :)
totally shocked but totally beautiful - all such different colours from what they were before.
the keen eyed amongst you are probably wondering who the nosey onlookers are.....
our new arrivals are two Shetland ponies that have settled in so well - totally useless addition to a smallholding, but hey - they look soooooo pretty and i will use the ENORMOUS amount of poop on the garden
as the boys are so darn sweet i will do a whole post on them soon with pictures showing just how mini they are x
i love, love, love them already
right - off to enjoy this amazing weather - huge endless clear blue skies, glistening calm sea and the sound of tractors in the distance...... bliss.