Shetland sheep have changed my life and touched my heart. They have brought me joy, adventure and serenity. Follow along as I live each day influenced by memories of my mighty flock of mini sheep ~ aided and abetted by "Bellamica", the English Shepherd,"Sable", my livestock guardian dog and "Hero" the rescue dog that stole my heart! You'll also meet many of the homeless dogs that I rescue and rehome as part of Bluff Country Canine Rescue.
Here we go. Members of the SPOTTED SHETLANDS GROUP have submitted photos of their favorite spotted lambs for the first annual "FAVORITE SPOTTED LAMB" photo contest. Here they are. Enjoy and don't forget to VOTE! You're welcome to cast your vote right here but the official vote will be conducted on the Spotted Shetlands List. I'll post the results later this week...
Don't forget, I'll be posting pictures from the Spotted Shetlands Group, for the "Favorite Spotted 2006 Lamb Contest" on Wednesday. Since I have to work all day, it will most likely be evening before I get them posted.
In the meantime... Remember the "Alice Watch"? I missed a beautiful shot of Alice and all three of her triplets, walking in single file. When I went to take the picture, my camera beeped to tell me that I hadn't put the card in it! It was still in my computer. By the time I ran in and got the card, I'd lost my perfect shot, so you'll have to make do with individual photos. This one is Alice with her handsome son "Hero". Look at the conformation on that ewe! No wonder she gives me such outstanding babies...
This is the beautiful girl of the bunch. "Glitter" will be making her home at Kimberwood Shetlands in a few weeks. We're sure going to miss her!
And then, there's "Doc" a.k.a. "Bluff Country Paradox". I'm pretty sure he's modified. I'm not sure if he'll end up fawn or mioget but he sure is stunning.
Speaking of stunning, show quality specimens... This is my DH, hunting for moles. Notice his trusty pitch fork??? He's deadly.
Dream says... "If Mom doesn't post something tomorrow, tell the homicide division to check out Dad's alibi..."
It was too wet to mow so I gave Zanex a hair cut. She's one of my black/isets who was in the rise at shearing and looked like a SWAMP CREATURE. I found hand-shearing much easier the second time. I tied Zanex to the gate and snipped away. It only took me about 45 minutes to do her! I picked up the wool, lying in the grass and used it as mulch around some of my newly planted flowers. May as well put it to good use! I think Zodiak (another black/iset) is next...
While I was wandering around the paddock this afternoon (STILL too wet to mow!), looking for pictures to take, I noticed one of Alice's ram lambs (Hero) eating a mushroom growing in the soggy grass. I sure hope he knows what's good for him!
On Saturday, July 15th, 2006, Letty Klein and Ann Brown, co-authors of: "A SHEPHERD'S RUG ~ A Braided Wool Rug From Roving" will be in the Bluff Country, conducting a workshop on how to make your own braided rug out of roving!
The workshop will be sponsored by MSSBA: "Midwest Shetland Sheep Breeders Association", a regional group of Shetland breeders who support the breed and it's by-products throughout the Midwest. MSSBA also sponsors the Shetland Sheep Show at the Wisconsin Sheep & Wool Festival, in September.
Participation is open, without cost, to all MSSBA members. Non-members who wish to participate may do so (if room permits) but will have to pay $20.00. The workshop will begin at 9 a.m. with Letty demonstrating how to make the braids, out of roving. Here's a sneak-peak at how the book gets us started (click to enlarge)....
The book is presented in a clear, concise, easy to follow manner. I can't wait to get started on my rug!!!
Please CONTACT ME if you are a MSSBA member and plan on attending. We need to get a head count as Letty & Ann can only work with so many people at a time....More information can be found on the MSSBA web site.
While Letty & Ann take the braided roving to a laundromat, to felt it, we'll have a MSSBA meeting and lunch (we'll save some for you Letty!). Then, back to making the rugs for the afternoon.
The SPOTTED SHETLANDS YAHOO GROUP is going to have a contest for the cutest, I mean the most unusual , er my favorite , how about: YOUR favorite spotted Shetland lamb of 2006??? Members of the Spotted Shetlands group are gathering up their photographs and we'll be posting them here, on my blog, for all to see and VOTE for your favorite!!!
Dream says....."Which do you think is my better side????????"
My rams and ewes with lambs are currently sharing a fence line and I see the rams spending a lot of time, nose-to-nose with the lambs, through the fence. They are very curious about the little ones. I didn't get any new pictures today but am using some that I took previously. These are all pictures of lambs that we have raised, or are raising, with their sires...This is Sheepy Hollow Zorro with his son, "Bluff Country Zorba". I often see an apparent affinity for the rams to their own offspring. At least when they're still babies. ;-) Zorro used to even let Zorba chew on his horns! Zorro is a fine, single-coated, HST ram and produces lovely fleeces on his lambs. I have enough Zorro daughters in my flock that it is time that: ZORRO IS FOR SALE! Contact me via E-MAIL for more information regarding Zorro.
"Bluff Country Apocalypse" meets his twin daughters: "Make a Wish" and "Dream Come True".
This dynamic duo is "Apocalypse" (Paco) and his sire "Bluff Country Skittles". Skittles is sold and will be making his home in Arizona, later this summer. He sure produced nice babies for us!
I need to get some pictures of Bravo and his handsome son, Trinity. What a great looking pair they are! Nice size, huge, beuatifully shaped horns, lovely fleece, nice markings. I'll work on getting those photos, quick... ;-)
Dream says........"I think MY daddy is SO handsome!"