Tuesday, January 6, 2009
Shearing Spotted Sheep
~Hey, no, not HAY, I said "hey", girls....come on into the shed to get your wool done.A little clip and your coats will be like new...awww, come on in, please ? "In levying taxes and in shearing sheep it is well to stop when you get down to the skin." Austin O'Malley
~Dirt is here to shear 5 of my ewes who are due to lamb sometime soon, at least according to what my very own eyes spied them doing with Goth, January and February are the months my lambs should be arriving. Yes, it is cold, but they can take it!~"It is the duty of a good shepherd to shear his sheep, not skin them." Tiberius~Dirt sheared 5 ewes and gave them their overeaters' shots. He sheared 5 of my sheep in an hour, it would have taken me all day to shear one. As he finished taking the fleece (wool) off a sheep, his daughter Bet and I would skirt the fleece. That is, we would take or pick out of the wool all the undesirable things, mats, clumps of manure, hay, etc., and then I would bag the fleece to be washed and dyed later. ~Oh the indignity of it all ! Naomi has her head right in a sensitive area of Dirt's anatomy. You can just imagine the uncomfortable position Dirt finds himself in when he shears Goth. Although, the ewes have some mighty pointed horns and they are sharp. Dirt has not been harmed by my sheep that I am aware of and he has been shearing my flock for quite a few years now. ~My naked flock of Jacob Sheep! I was glad to find that under all their wool they were in good shape, not too thin, not too fat. The ewes all have begun to udder up, which means their udders are filling with the colostrum and milk for their lambs. My poor naked girls, they are huddled under the heat lamp I hung for them.
~"He was oppressed and afflicted, yet He did not open His mouth; He was led like a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before his shearers is silent, so He did not open His mouth." Isaiah 53:7
~Blessings: sheep, wool, Dirt: friend AND shearer, Bet ~