As a knitter or spinner or other fiber-crafter, did you ever day-dream about what it would be like to raise sheep?
Nice Place to VisitAs part of the Men's Spring Knitting Retreat, we got the opportunity to visit Ensign Brook Farm...a working sheep farm with some prize winning Romney's, Merinos and even a Wensleydale. Karin and her family are enthusiastic sheep farmers and are significantly involved in the farming community in her area.
The road trip to the farm was great, and getting a sense about all that it takes to raise sheep, I have to admit, I think it would a lot more fun to intern at a sheep farm for a few months than it would be to have my own sheep farm. I'll have to keep that in mind when I'm retired.
Until then, here are some of the photos from our trip.
|Han, Ray and Van evaluating the sheep in the pen|
|Glorious barn on a glorious day|
|Brady, Bill and Han enjoying a farm day|
|Handsome Danny enjoying the day|
|Farmer Jack who usually enjoys a penthouse view|
|Jeff, Bill, John and Alasdair taking turns feeding sheep|
|John, Jay and Karin admiring the newest lamb|
|Kyle trying to replicate the famous Alpaca head bump with a Romney|
|Kyle having his face eaten as he auditions for Blacksheep II|
|Kyle photographing Ray and John|
|Beautiful little lamb (whose name is NOT Mary)|
|Veryl, Michael and Jaye|
|Ray, Danny, Kirk, John and Alasdair|
|The guys learning about sheep farming|
|Ron looking quite comfortable in a farm environment|
|Loved this big headed beauty|
|Steve and Tim taking in the sheep|
|Tim and Christopher capturing the moment|
|Van, Aaron, Tony, Michael and Veryl overseeing the sheep pen|
|Van, happy to be out on the farm|
|Guys feeling downy-soft Wensleydale fleece|
|Karin wrangling the farms two rams|
|The well-worn sheep path|