Thursday, 3 July 2008
A good lesson!
At Woolfest, Lenice Bell kindly invited me to come up to visit her and have a lesson in shearing.
So today I travelled up to Eaglesfield (less than an hour away as it happens) to see Lenice on her lovely farm and meet her beautiful flock.
As promised, Lenice had a few sheep ready and waiting for me, so we got stuck in. Interestingly, this is a horned Shetland ewe.
After watching and listening carefully for the first couple, I was handed the shears and had a go myself. I found the most difficult thing the initial opening up of the fleece, especially the scary bit where you're going up the neck, but after that I don't think it went too badly, although I felt a bit awkward and my sheep didn't look nearly as neat as Lenice's.
Guess which one I clipped!