Wednesday, October 29, 2014

2014 Hug A Sheep Day - Yes, There's More


"I'm ready for my close up!" - Murphy


Buddy is just so darn cute.  I'd love to know what he's telling Aaron.  Patient Petunia, waiting her turn.


Spud and Murphy thoroughly enjoyed their first party :-).


I ended up with only a couple pictures of Graham.  How did this happen?  He's usually the center of everyone's attention.  Usually.  There was lots of competition this year with Spud, Murphy and Baaxter in the pen.  

"I'm just going to stand over here in this corner all by myself with no ones to love me..."


"I'm getting ignored too, Graham.  Don't feel bad." - B. Willard


No you're not.  There was plenty of love and attention and cookies for everyone ;-). 


And a little too much attention paid to Weaslie, who without Iris to keep her occupied, ran in and out of the hugging pen at will, following anyone with cookies.  She'll be wearing a cookie muzzle next year as she indulged in way too many treats :-o.


Hershey and Baaxter


The titans of the flock, Count Chocula and Ewen McTeagle.  Those are some Big Boys!


And Hank hung out in the shade most of the day, carefully watching his sheep...even if it looked like he was asleep ;-).  

Spinning, knitting and weaving show and tell tomorrow!

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

2014 Hug A Sheep Day - Part Three


"Look at me.  Look down.  I'm over here."


"Hey!  I'm over here.  Can't you see me?!?"  


"Much better!"


Baaxter LOVED Hug A Sheep Day.  He worked first shift and then when the whistle blew for a shift change, he refused to go back to the barn.


He never let up, working straight through, late into the afternoon.  


And when we opened the gate to lead everyone across the driveway into the front field at the end of the afternoon, he ducked away and headed down to the kids playing bag toss. 


He obviously wasn't leaving, so they decided to play through.


And then one of his new friends bought a hug from him for a handful of clovers.  (He's pretty cheap ;-).


He made another detour when he spotted the treat table.  (He's very smart ;-).


So Auntie Reg made him work for (yet) another cookie.  (And quite clever ;-).


And then he went to check out the spinning wheels.  (Not a bit shy ;-).


And got to try on a warm wool scarf.  (And very handsome ;-).

He can't wait for the next party!


Monday, October 27, 2014

Hug A Sheep Day - Part Two

The best way to get Maisie's attention?  Don't give her any ;-).


"Um, lady?  You're taking a picture of the wrong sheep.  I'm over here."


"Seriously.  Right here.  That's dumb ol' Woolliam, not me."


"Are you kidding me?  Hershey?"


"Yeah, it's all Baaxter this, Baaxter that, Hershey's so friendly, Chocula's so tall, Woolliam has cool hair, Blossom is so cute...."


"Well, I didn't want to be in here though!"


"Oh, there's Cheerios!"


"She gets those all to herself?"


"Hey, wait.  Those are mine!  Don't share with B. Willard and Ewen!"


"RRREEEGGGGGGG!!!"


"Much better."


"Hey mister.  I'm down here.  Me me meeeee!"


'Cause it's all about Maisie ;-).


Sunday, October 26, 2014

2014 Hug A Sheep Day - Part One

We had a great Hug A Sheep Day Party yesterday! Thanks to everyone for coming out and a huge thank you to everyone who worked their butts off to help us put this together and make everyone feel welcome!

As usual I took a ton of pictures.  I'm going to break them down into manageable "collections" over the next couple of days.  We'll start with some special sheep stories...because it's all about the sheeps anyway :-).

I wasn't really planning on putting Burrnie in the hugging pen, but when I started sorting which sheep were going to work first shift, he came out.  I decided to give him a try - he does really, really love cookies - and if he was too scared we could always pull him back out.

He was pretty concerned, but I thought if he could figure out that the scary people had cookies, he'd be happy to be there and at least get some good social experience.  We positioned a few people around the outside and the other sheep were happy to demonstrate.


"You've got cookies?"


"And he's got cookies?"


"And you've got cookies..."


"Okay, I'll try a cookie."


"Cause I do love me some cookies."


And next thing you knew, he was eating cookies without fence protection ;-).


"But I'm letting anyone hug me!"

There's always next year, Burrnie.  You did a really good job for your first big party :-).




Friday, October 24, 2014

Don't Get Your Feelings Hurt

A few weeks ago some folks came all the way from Missouri to meet Maisie.  They wanted to get her hoof-ograph.

Um, okay.  How do I say this...

That's really not an off base idea...except it's Maisie.  Everyone I told about this had the exact same reaction.  "HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!! Can we come watch???"


"Maisie?  Some nice folks are coming a long way to see you."

"Umbfwchrgh"

"Could you be polite and go over and let them take your picture?"


"Yeah.  I guess.  Munchmunchmunch."

And they'd like to get a hoofprint, too."



Maisie, Maisie, Maisie...

She's actually a very sweet girl.  That time she bit Saint Tim when we were trying to catch her to trim her feet was just a fluke.  Mostly ;-).  She's had that sassy attitude her whole life.  And that's probably why she's had a life.  Still, if you come out tomorrow hoping to hug Maisie, just be prepared.  she might give you the tail!

So don't get your feelings hurt ;-).



Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Hugable Mugs

I was only planning to do mug shots for potential hugging candidates for the Open Farm Day this Saturday (details below), but I got carried away.  Besides, even if Jester and Elizabeth are really. quite. sure. they do not want to come out for hugs, they said they'd love some cookies back at the retirement home. 

I think the mug shots are hysterical.  Between the first batch with baby Maisie, Keebs, B. Willard, Petunia and Henri and the second group with Graham, Hershey, Ewen and Baaxter and now this big bunch, I'm getting close to having one for almost everybody.  

Why I felt "mug shots" were the best way to present our flock, I just don't know ;-).  In no particular order...





















Who would you most like to hug?


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Hug A Sheep Day Party at Equinox Farm October 25th!  

Come out this Saturday between 1:00 and 4:00 and hug your favorite sheep.  We'll once again have a small pen set up in front of the barn (since the weather looks great!) and we'll probably rotate a couple different groups of sheep in and out so no one goes into a diabetic coma from too many cookies.  

Vanilla wafers and graham crackers are their favorites, but saltines and other crackers go over well too and aren't quite as sugary.  Seriously, the sheep have no self control, so let's all work together to make sure no one over indulges.  A stash of leftovers is a treat that keeps on treating ;-) 

If you have any questions or need directions, drop me an email.  If your directions last year had you coming out Hwy 32, you need better different directions.  Coming the longer way is actually almost shorter and definitely less "interesting", which would be a good thing ;-).

Bring your wheel, spindle, knitting, crocheting...  There will be plenty of seats on the porch and around the barn and we'd love to see what you're working on.  Show and tell of finished items is always especially exciting! 

Have a question about something you are working on or maybe you'd like to learn how to spin, knit...? There will be plenty of uber knowledgeable fiber artists here who'd be happy to get you started down the path ;-). Come find me and I'll pair you up with someone.

Have questions about sheep - breeds, care, wool, wool processing, guardian dogs, foot warming dogs, useless cats...we'd be happy to share what we've learned.  We'll even have some beekeepers on hand :-).

Hope to see you Saturday!  

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