We were planning (have been planning for a long time) to go Canby, OR to the Oregon Flock and Fiber Festival this weekend. I had careful photos of and halter trained (mostly) the sheep who were going with us. Organized the display, packed everything necessary for the two-day show, and was all ready to load up the trailer.
But yesterday, the electrical system on our truck malfunctioned in a dangerous way: The brake lights came on randomly and intermittently, even without the key in the ignition. And when the trailer was hooked up to the truck, and the light circuit became activated, the trailer brakes came on…locking up so that we couldn’t move.
We didn’t have time to be sure that the problem was solved, and couldn’t risk traveling 7 hours to the other side of the state with the possibility of the trailer braking suddenly and without warning. So the sheep who were going to show, those who were going along for the “ride”, and those who were for sale all are staying home…as am I.
I was so excited about this particular event…usually showing is the necessary price that I pay to be there with my Shetland clan, but this time I really did want to be there in the ring. Ah well, it wasn’t to be…
And here I am with all the photos I took…and no one will see them if I don’t post them here!
I am totally in love with Beata (Sula’s last-ever lamb…and such a gift). Her name means “blessing” and that she is:
And of course, there is Grace (our darling)…
She must be the one that they were thinking of when they wrote:
“There was a little girl who had a little curl,
Right in the middle of her forehead
And when she was good, she was very very good,
And when she was bad, she was horrid!
Grace gets in the middle of everyone else’s halter-training (SHE doesn’t need training), leaps/clambers over sheep panels when she is excluded, and climbs the barn loft stairs and flings herself off just for the fun of it!
And then there was Solveig, who is such an elegant princess. She is curious and friendly at heart, but does draw the line… “please don’t touch my fleece”):
This little sweetheart was/is for sale…she was a triplet by our Willym and out of beautiful Hope (a Nicolas daughter). She is a gorgeous little girl, should be going to the perfect home. We are retaining too many ewe-lambs this year; otherwise I wouldn’t think of selling Anja.:
One of these little gulmoget girls was perhaps going to be sold; I couldn’t decide which…or if!
(Is THAT why the truck cancelled my trip? Indecision? Or so that I didn’t have to sell any of the three ewe-lambs????)
Siri is a fawn gulmoget and Helga a musket gulmoget.
I will post photos of the boys who didn’t go to Canby tomorrow…sigh.