Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Shepherding in my Dreams

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 Visit 

As 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

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