Monday, January 31, 2011
It was two hours later that we finally finished up poor, patient Alliette. I think the whole fiasco just about broke up our marriage. I would watch, try to instruct, show him the pictures but then end up grabbing the sheep and doing it myself. What became apparent was that I was a bit more adept at the process than Tom. Perhaps I had been observing the shearers more than he and could remember the positions better. Anyway that is how it evolved.
So for that past two years we have done all the shearing of our sheep, usually around 25. We are still not to the professional level yet, and I say "we" because we have developed a "two person" technique where by I hold the electric shears, get the sheep between my legs and roll them around like the pro's but then Tom is my helper, grabbing head or legs as needed or he responds to my "grab the sheep" before the sheep pops up and runs off. We have become quite a team and at best can get a fleece off with minimum of sheep cuts and 2nd cuts in about 10 min. Lots of improvement since the original two hours. (Just for a fun fact a real pro can shear a sheep in about 3 minutes.) Our record for sheep shorn in one day now sits at 9, last year we could only do 4 before my back felt like it was breaking. Not bad for an ol' gal!
Presently we have finished our ewes and will move onto the rams this next weekend. Fortunately there are only 4 to do. Piece of cake!
Wednesday, January 12, 2011
....it seems this time of year. First off it is the trees. They need pruning; the fruit bearing ones that is. We have some very old, well established apple and pear trees. This past couple years we have had quite a haul of fruit from these trees. Just this last week we ate our last fresh pear. They preserved quite well just sitting in the dark in the back of our carport, slowly ripening. I dried quite a few as well, and we continue to enjoy them. So back to the pruning, I feel obligated to continue this yearly tradition, in spite of all the work. There are the rewards.