Monday, November 01, 2010

Hug A Sheep Day ~ two days later!

I'm sorry for not posting sooner but I was SO exhausted after preparing for and experiencing  the first annual Hug A Sheep day , Open House and Fiber Festival at Bluff Country Shetlands (and Backyard Chickens!) that I got absolutely nothing done yesterday.  After sleeping until noon, I got up and fed the animals, sat with the sheep, then sat on the couch, spinning and watching television all night.  Good Grief!  Imagine if I actually had to WORK.  Scary thought...

Hug A Sheep day was FUN! 
I met some very nice women and I think may just have begun a new friendship or two.  I certainly hope so, anyway.

There was NOT a lot of actual sheep hugging going on.  I believe you can see in the above photo, just how excited Alice was about the prospect!  It seems the other girls were equally enthused.  Although, as you can see in the first picture, Diane did get some lamb kisses from Duke.  Everyone came up for cookies but nobody stuck around for hugs. 

If you want to see some really cute sheep HUG photos, check out the Crazy Sheep Lady's post at Punkin's Patch.  Next year, I will be sure to have a few of the sheep outside of the pasture before guests arrive...

There was some hugging going around:

Josh posed with Sable and Bella
(shown voicing their opinions of hug a sheep day)

Bella Kitty came home from hunting to a FAMILY REUNION! 

The family that loves her so that they let her come live in the country because it was obvious she didn't want to be a house-kitty anymore, came out to visit their beloved Bella.  She was so happy to see them that she brought them a present! 

Fortunately, Bella's family had left by the time she returned with her 'gift'.


There was lots of spinning in the sunshine and fresh air:

Even some spinning lessons indoors, on my Roberta, electronic spinner:

Diane is an experienced spinner but has never tried an electronic wheel.

I knew she'd love it!

You'll have to come back and spin some more, Diane!

For any of you who saw my needle felted had (in progress) on television last week, here's my middle grandson, Matt, modeling it Saturday:

It's still not done but it's sure looking a lot better than it did on TV!!!

We had home-spun yarn on display
And all sorts of homemade goat milk soap!

My friend, Katie, was so proud that almost all of the Black Raspberry,Vanilla soap that she made when I was giving her a lesson, sold out.

I made up lots of cute, gift-baskets with teddy bears and soap and or roving or yarn.  I think they'll be good sellers for Christmas.

My friend, Mary, brought all sorts of colored roving and sheets of felt ~ gorgeous stuff!

In spite of the fact that it's not quite finished yet, I have to admit that even I like my needle felted hat!  I having fun considering options regarding how to finish it...

All in all, it was a great day! 
I will definitely have some sheep out with the guests, next year ~ rather than taking the guests into the pasture.   I do think that everyone had a nice time and I learned a lot about what to do and what not to do in the future. 

And when it was all done...

DREAM says...

"Mom came out and sat with us for a long time



  1. Gosh, wish I could have come from North Carolina to your house so I could partake in HUG A SHHEP DAY. I've never had the opportunity to hug a sheep. Looks like it was a fun day.

  2. Maybe NEXT year, Joanna!

  3. I figured you'd be exhausted after your big weekend. Looks like everyone had a good time. Good luck with your hat! I never know what style my wet felted hats will be until I'm done. It's like the felt has a mind of it's own - kind of like the sheep!

  4. Anonymous9:44 PM


    Thanks for a fun, relaxing, and educational afternoon!


  5. Wow Nancy it sounds and looks like you had a wonderful and full day. I especially love that Bella-the-cat's folks got to visit with her. I'm sure that meant allot to them. My sheep would have headed into the back forty if I had tried to bring visitors in! Nothing ever good comes out of 'visitors' to their flock (i.e. worming, their children disappear ;-). Thanks for sharing the day with us.



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