Saturday, March 27, 2010

Sunday Stills - A Day In The Life

This could be the biggest challenge yet so here are the rules. Pick a day in the upcoming week and take your camera with you, no archives. Take and post no more than 4 pics during the day that show how you spend the day. For some this will be a breeze and for others you may have to go out and do something. Just remember no more than 4 pics and no archives.

Well, I didn't catch the only take four pictures part until just now. I was thinking that we were just to only post four. Sorry Ed.



Wednesday. I skirted 25 fleeces. It's a messy job and I just decided to plow through it so I could move on to washing. I take each sheep's freshly shorn fleece and open it up on the special screened skirting table on the porch of the wool house. I then pull off all the coarse, dirty wool from around the legs, any hay or straw and shake out the second cuts.

The wind had caught some wool from a few weeks ago and you can see some stray bits still hanging on the forsythia bush. The birds are happy to come grab it for their nests and had picked the bush so clean I had to add some more. I love to see our wool in their nests.



After each fleece is skirted, I place it in a large paper bag and carry it into the barn for storage. Past the cashed out sheep, flaunting their lives of leisure. This is Popcorn PeePee Pants and Emily in the background. Most of our sheep don't sleep flat out like this, but I frequently see PP laid out. Frequently being the key word here. Actually, 'frequently laid out' fits most of the animals here throughout the day.



As I unwrap each fleece, I pull their tag and make notes as to quality, size, color... The stack at the end of the day.

I took several other pictures of the day, but none were of any real photographic interest. I could have posted more pictures of sleeping sheep, cats, dogs, chickens... I could have posted the barn shelves full of bags of wool. I could have posted Graham Lamb's fleece being washed...

In the end, I decided to post a funny picture I took that evening while I was tooling down the river with Saint Tim, because that was what I thought was the most important. Sorry about the drool ;-).



‘Our truest life is when we are in dreams awake.’ Henry David Thoreau

19 comments:

moresecretwhispers said...

awesome depth of field & over-all composition in the 3rd photograph!

neitherhere said...

Loved it! Great shots, all of them!

Deb said...

25 fleeces - holy cow!~ the one in the photo is beautiful.....great photos.
Mr. PP Pants is a very happy fellow from his photos :)
The animals here are about the same. Always in some state of relaxation. Makes me think that sometimes it should be the farmer in that state :)

Enjoy your sunday -

Ed said...

Very cool day, did you get woke up last nght by the lightning storm? I waved as I passed Lexington..:-)

dibear said...

Well done. Loved the pictures. :)

Holly said...

wow,love the fleece shot!

colleen said...

I enjoyed your day, however my favorite is of the babes sleeping...so sweet.

Christine said...

LOL, love the drool. I think that must have been what I looked like after working outside all day yesterday.

Shirley said...

A nice look at your day. Lovely lazy sheep photo.

Beth said...

I love the fleece.

allhorsestuff said...

Very neat day..your are such a craft's woman. Sheep do intrigue me and yours laying there, was peaceful.
KK

Alice said...

Great peek at one of your very busy days with sheep farming and yet finding time for your husband as well. The pictures show a nice depth and perspective from the view of the camera, and of the heart.

lisa said...

The fleece shot is great but I do love the last one!

Far Side of Fifty said...

I enjoyed learning about your day! The fleece is beautiful..I bet your hands are soft and silky from working with the wool:)

morephotosplease said...

Wow, great shots. Like the pen and paper on the rail. All are very good shots.

flowerweaver said...

Yes, how did you do all this without the wool house? Nice day!

thecrazysheeplady said...

Yeah, you might not get much snow there, but I only have to drive 3 miles to get all that ;-D.

Gayle said...

Your sheep look very comfortable. I don't think I've ever seen my Daisy put her head down.

DayPhoto said...

25 fleece and I get tired just working in my yard. You work in the yard and do lots of other stuff too.

I find this very fun to see what it takes to make wook become yarn.

Linda
http://coloradofarmlife.wordpress.com/

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