"Sheeple" is how our good friends, Yvonne and Doug, refer to their resident flock. They have personalities, moods, rather expressive faces. And, when they vocalize, they are amazingly loud. Who knew?
|Not long after lambing, 2012|
When I was a child, I'd dreamed of roaming green hillsides, frolicking with goats and lambs. But Los Angeles didn't offer any such landscape. It was the stuff of story-books.
So was winter. But here I am in my Muck Boots and thick jacket against the chill in the barn at their Spinners Eden Farm ( http://www.spinnersedenfarm.com/Spinners_Eden_Farm/Home.html ), watching Doug shear some very pregnant ewes and Yvonne pick through the fleece. She's a spinner/weaver/knitter, and, at first, they'd planned to raise a "spinner's flock" with a few angora goats, alpacas, and sheep for Yvonne's own personal use. She found that she especially loved spinning wool from CVM (California Variegated Mutant) /Romeldale sheep (http://arcainc.org/ ), so that's the breed they raise.
She writes, " Then friends started asking about buying fleece. I didn't think I'd ever have that much. We had our first lambs, Adonis, Bacchus, & Athena. The next year, we cross bred the two rams with the ewes, bought two more champion blacks & a white at Black Sheep Gathering. . . so our flock grew from four sheep to seven, to ten, to . . . 38 right now."
The wool makes them look twice as big as they are, even the pregnant ones!
Bliss, below, clearly would have preferred some other activity, but she remained pretty calm with the process.
To the left, poor Holly looks like she exploded!
Raising sheep was not their first profession. I asked Doug, an Ob/Gyn, if he'd ever imagined himself doing this; he just laughed and shook his head, before answering "No." But he's as passionate about these lovely, funny creatures as he is about medicine. Just ask him what he learns from living with them; but pull up a chair and plan to stay awhile.
This is really cool. :o) I think I could live on a farm as long as I could get off every now and then. I love the lambs in their little jackets. Very cute! The sheeple around me aren't nearly as wonderful as the ones above. They just think they're wonderful, which is harder to deal with.ReplyDelete
Thanks, Tammy! I'll probably post more pictures when all the lambs are born and in their jackets. Bliss just had her baby, Jerome yesterday.ReplyDelete
That first photo really made me smile. The lambs look so adorable in their blankets or sheep coats, whatever they are called. The first photo of Holly is adorable too. She really grows a thick coat. I enjoy farm life even though not having it now. It was something I enjoyed while young with horses, llamas and goats. Never had sheep though.ReplyDelete
Thank you, Donna! I'm so happy that the first shot made you smile. Emotional reactions are the best. As a (former) city girl, this farm-life stuff is all new to me. I love visiting and taking photographs, but right now Yvonne and Doug aren't getting much sleep with a baby-monitor on in the barn 24 hours a day. They have 7 more ewes that could begin labor any moment now.Delete
What a beautiful place! Don't have much experience with sheep, but I have known a few goats. They are ornery.ReplyDelete
Thanks Jason! It is gorgeous. That's Mount Baker in the background of the last shot. Our neighbors have goats and they were sweet (but a little pushy) when young. Those horns can hurt!Delete
What a beautiful place to raise sheep. They do look happy, and I love those little jackets...ReplyDelete
My sister used to have sheep on her farm, and we would be woken up in the mornings to the slushing sound of many hoofs tiptoeing past the camper. It always sounded like rushing water....I loved it.
Thanks Jen! The jacket colors match siblings. Wow, it's hard to imagine sheep tiptoeing. Very cute.Delete