First and most important on the list was getting little miss Annie shorn for the summer. She doesn't produce a lot of fleece (it is very fine), and she was shorn mid-June last year, so I wanted to give her a few more weeks of growth than the rest of the herd. So Saturday I groomed her thoroughly and blew her out with our wonderful Circuiteer blower, and then bathed her. Luckily it was a lot warmer this weekend than a few weeks ago when I sheared the rest of the herd. Annie was so well behaved too! She doesn't like being in the chute (she laid down both when I was grooming her and when I was shearing her), but she stood very well to get groomed in the catch pen and to get washed just tied to the fence. I was pleasantly surprised! And now I have a gorgeous bag (well, half of a bag) of black fleece ready to spin! It is going to get blended with Ridge's fleece (who is Annie's dad) and processed into roving for me to spin. I'm thinking a beautiful grey (black + white = grey) shawl.
|Annie's fabulous fleece before she was shorn last spring.|
|Annie during her first bath last summer. She behaved much better this year!|
|Ralph after his haircut a few years back. His legs are quite a bit fuzzier this year!|
|Latte after her trim a few years ago.|
Looking into the coming weeks, our second show of the season is the first weekend in June (the Allen County Open in Fort Wayne, IN). I was supposed to go to a show last weekend, but it was cancelled due to lack of entries. I may add on another short one-day show in June (the Vermillion County Fair in Cayuga, IN June 18th), but I haven't quite decided yet. If anyone would like information on some great little shows in western Indiana/eastern Illinois this summer, just let me know and I will pass it along!