Monday, February 25, 2008

Spring Is Coming

The end of February is in sight and March is just around the corner. I think it's safe to say that there will be no more frost days, at least around here. The weather reports are saying we'll be getting to 70 by the end of this week. It may not stay there but spring is definately in the air.

The days are getting longer and I'm glad. That means soon I'll be able to do all the outdoor stuff I like to do. Stuff like mowing the yards and pulling weeds. I'd much rather be doing outdoor chores than indoor chores.

Something I'll need to be doing very soon is shear the sheep. They are quite wooly and this is close to the time I would normally do that chore.

I'd like to be able to shear them this coming weekend. I could hire it done, but after having done it myself now for a couple of years I'm finally starting to get the hang of it. Besides, there are only five ewes and one goat. The ram, being a Dorper, is what's called a "hair" breed and he will actually shed his coat so there is no shearing required with him. The goat is a Cashmere goat and for some reason is easier to shear than the sheep. Maybe because her skin is not so thin and I don't have to be so careful with her.

I'm looking forward to the weekend because even though I know I have quite a physical chore ahead of me there is always a sense of satisfaction in being able to do something myself. And the tiredness that comes from a physical rather than mental chore is even welcome.

The wooly beasties will be for just a few more days!

1 comment:

Pam said...

Make sure to have someone take some photos of you shearing, this process is very interesting to me ever since I watched The Thorn Birds when I was growing up! They are beautiful with the full wool coats. Do you use the wool?