Friday Farm Fotos: The Great Unwashed

 Do you see it?

 Do you see the beauty in raw wool?

I do...
The fibers are so soft, yet so strong....

 And just needing to be washed and cleaned in order to serve another purpose.

But there is one problem....

The wool is still attached to the sheep.

Unruly sheep.

Fidgety sheep.

But that's okay... since shearing time is drawing near,
the combs and cutters have been sent off to be sharpened
and the clippers will be ready in no time.

"Did you say... clippers?"


This might be the year we start using sedatives...
(for us, not the sheep...)

Happy Friday, everyone!


  1. What a cute post, Paula! I have two other blog friends with sheep and I know what a chore this is.

    Hope you enjoy the weekend.

  2. Paula,
    I love your farm. Wish I could come and help with the shearing.
    How are the bees?

    You asked about my neighbor chickens-their people came and took them all away. This is the weirdest thing. They took the chicken houses too. So now I have no idea what will happen next at that farm. They still have a wonderful fence and gates ready-maybe for goats? Sheep?
    I miss the big-butted fur-feathery things. They were out in the ditch a lot when I'd walk by-escapees from their pen. I just wanted to hug them all!
    Love, Debra

  3. Your sheep are so cute. Good luck with the clipping.


  4. LOL so funny! Paula, what are you going to do with your wool when you shear? Are you going to spin yarn like others? I have always thought that is such a wonderful thing to do! Love your pretty flock!

  5. Good luck with the shearing. I wish I could come and see how it is done.
    I have seen them after the shearing but I have never seen it in action.
    City girl,duh lol
    Have a nice weekend.

  6. I'd give the sheep a sedative and have a glass of wine ........ lol, my shearer is coming April 1st, for 15 Shetland Sheep and 12 Angora goats. That's going to be a lot of skirting, bagging, and packing off to be processed. The nice part about having someone else come shear ... it will all be done in one day. Would take me months to do them one day at a time.

  7. Trust me... sheep are WAYYYY easier than llamas!

  8. You know, Paula, you really should consider learning to spin, then knit. I mean, after all, it's not like you have anything else to do around there, right? ;-Þ

    Seriously, best of luck with the shearing, and here's hoping the sheep will be quick to forgive! :-)

  9. Paula do you all shear the sheep yourselves? I know nothing about sheep.

  10. Hahahaha!! I'll Bet!
    Oh my...that time of the year again huh?!!
    Cute shots sweet friend!

  11. I would love to learn what the whole process of shearing entails...I find it to be very interesting. Of course, I can relate to some of it because I always give Bella her haircuts...and it's no walk in the park, trust me! :)

  12. So cute! Amazing that you shear the sheep! Looks like a lot of work! Have a wonderful week!

  13. Ah, what cute unruly creatures. I guess if you have to be ornery it helps to be cute. (My husband tells me that all the time. haha)

    So, it sounds like you sheer them yourselves?!??!! Wow! You must document the process. I know...unruly sheep, sharp instruments AND photography. Sounds like fun. =)

  14. Shearing sheep, such a time honored tradition and contribution to the lost arts! Beautiful.


  15. Hi Paula, cute post..Do you keep the wool? Please post pictures at shearing time...

  16. he he...I do see the beauty...and I can also her them bleating..."CLIPPERS..NO, IT'S TOO COLD!" :D

  17. Oh, those sheep are so cute, and your post is just charming! I would love to spin and weave with natural wool...actually had a huge bag of wool given to me once but I couldn't keep it! :-( I think it would be so awesome to have your own sheep!

  18. Paula,
    I love the photos of the sheep. I can just imagine how much they look forward to shearing time. The wool is pretty with the texture. I like your photos very much. It's always a joy to take a tour of your wonderful farm.

  19. Great pictures, I know what's ahead with the shearing and you cracked me up when you said this year you might start using sedatives for yourselves! lol - been there :)

    Also wanted to let you know I'm passing along the versatile blogger award to you :)

  20. All I can say is DEAR SHEEP.. smile..
    I don't know how I missed your last posting but it is lovely.. Your cornbread sounds so good..
    Oh.. I left you a little note on my posting tonight.. grin..
    God bless, dear girl..

  21. Hi Paula, I was wondering if you shear the sheep yourself .. I know nothing about them whatsoever..it looks like a task but a fun one..Susie

  22. Oh my, and what will the sheep get? I love your photos, I could reach out and touch them. Thank the lord for wool... Give those sweet ones a kiss.... and Lily too.

  23. What cute photos! My father always told me that the sheep enjoy getting sheared! Enjoy your day!

  24. Might have to start spelling "C L I P P E R S", Paula ~~~

    We'll be expecting pictures of course. Will Lily be in attendance? ;)

  25. Ahh.. the joys of farm work.
    My hubby was telling my of a guy he works with that has an heirloom variety of sheep. They shed. No lie.
    I wonder if you are supposed to rake up the wool.
    Might be more cost effective than sedatives :)

  26. I always wondered, is it painful for the sheep (or only if an inexperienced person does it)? Or does the noise just scare them? I'm sure they will feel much better when it gets warm outside. Hope to see some photos of the hair cuttin'!

  27. The funny looks those sheep give! What do you do with the wool? I read your last post, funny I grew up and beans and cornbread too.....my dad was born and raised in Oklahoma. I just made a pot of pinto beans with bacon and a batch of cornbread. I like to make mine with buttermilk and I use the castiron frying pan, I like the crispy crust
    Blessings, spring will be here soon!


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