Wednesday, March 19, 2014

If I Play The Country Record Backwards...

Do I get my dog back, my pickup truck ain't 'broke down', my momma stays outta prison...?  Just kidding.  Sort of.

"Well, it's been a [long] week here in [Cynthiana, Kentucky], my hometown..."*  I could run a whole laundry list of complaints including, but not limited to, Maisie stress, shearing when the forecast was perfect...but wrong, T-Bone getting a foot abscess (that seems to be on the mend), Comby limping around (as yet unresolved), Jester having a set back (hang in there, big guy!), stabbing a splinter under my fingernail...but let's just let it go.  There have been plenty of good things, too.  I'm sure.

Shearing went well for everyone.  Burrnie is no longer burr-nie, which is nice.  Chocula was a big surprise in that underneath all the chocolatey brown wool he's actually a malted milk ball - light brown with chocolate face and legs.  Hershey looks as cute as he possibly can and Daniel's white lightning bolts are much bigger than I'd remembered.  I guess because he's grown up some since he was a baby ;-). 

If the weather breaks before their hair all grows back out, I'll take some pictures.  In the meantime, here's Burrnie getting his new 'do :-).




*A Prairie Home Companion

26 comments:

Barbara from Nova Scotia said...

Burrnie looks like a whole new sheep! Probably a happy sheep, too. Do you always have two shearers?

Tyche's Minder said...

He is cute! I like that little guy.

littlehawkyarns said...

It looked like it felt good to get all that off. Especially the way he kept stretching his leg out like, "Don't forget all that stuff too."

Miha Giustina said...

Shearing is a great skill to possess. The man shearing Burrnie is very good at it -- very gentle, thorough, and careful. Burrnie seems to be at ease with the whole process. He looks even more handsome now that he is burr-free.

And is that sweet Petunia? Love Petunia.

Andee said...

Sheep are so much more cooperative than alpacas!

Susan said...

I may have to send my crew down to you for some good sheepie lessons. While yours resemble serene bean bags in the hands of your shearers, mine do not. Burrnie looks so light!

Abby said...

Does Burrnie's fleece have to be discarded since it's full of burrs? I think he'll be very happy with his new home and family at your farm!

I'm gonna tell Mom! said...

* Where the Shepherdess is Strong, Hank is good-looking and the Sheep are above average!

Michelle said...

Watching shearing stresses me out, whether it's your sheep on video or my sheep in person! Those combs are so sharp, and can slice so fast….

Deb W said...

I wish there were a 'like' button, or 'up ' (agree) arrow for what "I'm gonna tell Mom" said!
Have you picked your line-up for KSSF this year?

Maureen said...

Ah this brings back memories - hubby's sheep farm and watching them shear... like Michelle, I too get nervous watching! But Burrnie was terrific - I wonder what the heck they think while this is being done. He does look so pristine now!

small farm girl said...

Wow.....

Far Side of Fifty said...

I enjoyed the video very much, it is good to see an excellent shearer at work:) Lookout for nekkid sheeps! I hope it doesn't turn cold there!

I need orange said...

Thank goodness for kind and skilled shearers!!! Grateful to all of them, everywhere, for their hard work.

I have to believe Burrnie feels so much better without burrs.

Sending good thoughts to Maisie, Jester, T-Bone, Comby, and you, and hoping for warm weather, soonest!

thecrazysheeplady said...

Bill and Gavin were working as a team shearing the big flocks down here. Usually that means the flocks with a lot of sheep. Our flock is big...because they are so fat ;-). I'm sure they'd rather shear 100 normal sheep than our 32 fatties!

Burrnie's fleece will be salvaged for something. In spots without burrs, it looks very pretty. I'm sure it has a fiber break due to nutritional and life stress back in the fall, but we'll see.

I'm Gonna Tell Mom - you folks that can think up clever comments :-). Thanks for the smile. I needed it yesterday.

I'm guessing "the boys" will be at the festival, but haven't really thought it through yet. Might be more than Daniel would enjoy and I doubt Burrnie could handle it either. That's a big job for a sheep, with all those people wanting to pet them...

Thanks everyone for all your kind words and propping up. Hoping today is a good day for us all!

Susan Mckee-Nugent said...

Burrnie did very well after all he's been thru and YES the paraphrasing of Prairie Home Comp.
is perfect. whew, glad all that was done and thinking of all of you
as always!!!

sophy0075 said...

Even as a non-shepherd/shearer, I could see how gentle Burrnie's shearer was being with him.

You should take a photo of his fleece, for two reasons:
1. to show us newbies a "problem" fleece (poor Burrnie, thank God he is now with you all!) (and even with nutritional breaks, his fleece will be good for felting, laundry balls, and stuffing cushions)
2. so next year, when he has a *gorgeous* fleece, you can do the "Before" and "After".

Thanks for posting your video, in the midst of all of your busy schedule!

Henny Penny said...

I enjoyed the video very much. I have always wanted to see how sheep get sheared! Thanks! Looks like it would feel to have all that old matted wool off.

Marsha said...

I loved watching the shearers. I'm always amazed at how compliant, for the most part, the sheep are. I also thought how hard that would be on your back for the shearer. I can't imagine doing that day after day in a bent over position while wrangling the sheep. Watching that fleece peel off is so cool and I also noticed how Burnie stretched his leg out. What a good boy.

thingsherelately.com said...

What a trouper! He is gorgeous! :)

Rachel Berry said...

What a great video! That shearer of yours did a great job and Burrnie really behaved himself too especially as it was his first time at the barbers! Best wishes from Herefordshire!

Christine said...

He actually looked like he was enjoying that. :)

Pam said...

Wow-Burrnie is a champ! He could give lessons in comportment to some other sheeps. I'm not namin' any names...

LannieK said...

I am so amazed that sheep.... 'tolerate' being sheered. I am sure some don't, but Burrnie did great! How all your critters are doing better today :-) And you, too! I so want too learn to spin!

Shirley said...

Loved the video, very efficient fellow there. I like the Keebler got to keep his topknot.

Cindy D. said...

I have never actually watched a video of that being done. I loved how it was done matter of factly, with out undue stress or harshness. I could see how the man with the sheers knew just where to touch or push to get the desired response (such as leg straightening out) with out having to yank and pull.

Very cool!

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