We gave up on shearing this week….snow and more snow, damp fleeces and frigid temperatures predicted for the end of the week. Our wonderful shearer (Clint Goodwin) has agreed to change his schedule and will come to shear our flock on the 16th and 17th of March.
We will have to deal with a certain amount of difficulty in March as the sheep will be further into the “rise” (beginning to shed their fleeces) by then, but this is a problem that we will deal with. We are only sorry that Clint will have to deal with it too.
After we made the decision to postpone, the sun came out for a while. But soon wintery weather reappeared, and this plus the promise of too-cold-for-naked-sheep-bodies temperatures made us know that this was the right decision.
It appears that all of our friends who help at shearing time will be able to come in March; it should be much more comfortable to skirt and pack up fleeces then!
This morning first thing, it was blowing snow sideways! We are not shearing! We feel smug.
I would like to show you a few photos of our world in the past couple of days, but for some reason, my blog program won’t add them.
But this one should give you the general idea. Suffice it to say, it isn’t exactly shearing weather!