Monday, March 2, 2009

What's That Smell?!?

Or, how to tell if you too might be a crazy sheep lady.



I spent the afternoon washing part of a beautiful black Icelandic fleece from Flat Creek Wool and Pottery (beautiful blog as well I might add!). Especially in the winter time, when I'm jonesin' for a wool fix, washing wool is a special treat. I just love the way the whole house smells like a wet sheep.



Crazy, eh? Well, I don't think I'm the only one. In fact, I got a note last week from someone who had a Wensleydale/Cotswold fleece they thought I might like and she said "I have it in the back of my car (I love the smell!)". Direct quote. Copied and pasted straight from her email!

I remember a couple years ago a friend got in my car and said "I just love to ride in your car. It always smells like sweet feed and saddles." Horses do smell good, just like sheep. Even in the middle of winter when they haven't had a bath and they get a little sweaty.

Horse and sheep breath smells good too - when they put their soft noses up to your face as you are scratching a particularly good spot under their neck. Dog breath? Not so much, but dog toes smell good - well, not straight in from the barn maybe. Cat fur? You bet. Good clean hay? Can't beat it. Fresh shavings? The best.

What are some of your favorite "odd" smells? And aren't you glad you've been given the wonderful opportunity to know the answer to that question? Even if you don't particularly like the smell of wet wool.

12 comments:

manker said...

wow can you ship some yonder here? Love the makin's... happy animal kingdom day...

blessings
gp in montana

Michelle at Boulderneigh said...

Sweet post. A deep inhalation with my nose in my horse's neck is probably my favorite, but there is nothing that melts the heart like puppy breath!

Claire said...

OK, I might be twisted, but I like the smell of llama breath, just when they breathe softly on you, sniffing at you, it's slightly goaty, but different. I also like the smell of sun warmed chicken feathers (on a chicken). I will give a hug to a chicken who has been sitting in the sun and breathe in the scent of their neck feathers.

OK, I can admit that I'm a freak.

DayPhoto said...

I love puppy breath! I used to have southdown sheep, but that was years ago and I can't remember what they smell was.

I think chicken coops smell homely, and barns smell warm and soft, I love the smell of cats after they take thier bath, and the smell of horses anytime.

I don't really like cows when they burp after eating too much fresh green grass. ugh!

Linda
http://coloradofarmlife.wordpress.com/

Dana and Daisy said...

it must be a special gift. I think wet wool smells kind if icky. Barnyards do nothin' for me. But cat hair? I love to stick my nose in Daisy's hair and breathe deep. Drives Steve nuts since he is allergic to her. He cannot imagine doing it. He thinks everything she touches is contaminated.

Kara said...

Oh now I know I am a crazy sheep and horse lady too! :) I agree with Michelle, putting my arms around my horse's neck and taking in a deep breath is probably my favorite. I reminds me of being 10 when I first started riding and fell in love with that smell.

melanie said...

The waft of sheepy lanolin is bliss...and a snuggle with a clean hen ain't bad, and oh, yeah there's always the lovely smell of a barn newly stocked with hay...but my latest sniff of enjoyment has been my new wooden beehive as I put it together...

thecrazysheeplady said...

I agree! Chickens, bee hives, puppy breath, all good. Even sheep chewing cud. Don't know about cows, but I bet they're great too ;-)

~Tonia~ said...

Yumm that smell makes me happy. That means there is some spinning soon. ;)

I love the smell of my fuzzy bunnies - well their poop - not so much, but them - oh yeah.

Frippery said...

So sweet. I had to laugh because we always say dog feet smell like Fritos. Pam

Michelle at Boulderneigh said...

Oh dear, while grooming my horse the other evening, I realized I must be a crazy horse lady (big surprise to those who know me) - because I remembered when my horse "fluffed" that I like the smell of horse farts!

Barbara's Spot on the Blog said...

I love the smell of manure - mostly because it reminds me of the farm and we don't have it any more so the smell is just a memory now. I love the smell of binder twine, molasses in the barrel and hay. And yes, horses always smell good.

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