Elysa Darling of 222handspun.com was there and has compiled a wonderful photoessay on the day, which you can see here on her website. Thank you, Elysa!
Here are just a few of her lovely images.
Fall-born ewes Niobe (moorit) and Linnaea (mocha silver) represented their breed well on Saturday July 25 at Bethesda Row, showing shoppers and children where the products from their New Zealand cousins begin, for Icebreaker Merino’s product line–exquisitely finewool knit and woven garments that exhibit all the wonderful properties of wool. Their garments (as does all wool) begin on the back of a sheep, who converts sunshine and grass into one of the world’s softest and finest natural fibers.
Steel drum music, dogs of many breeds, and the sights and smells of a busy urban pedestrian plaza were some of the experiences Niobe and Linnaea took home to discuss among themselves and their flock mates. They took it all in stride, and when the truck arrived back at the barn at 8 p.m. Saturday, they were resting in the truck, ruminating on it all, and had to be prodded up and out, back into the pasture.
Thanks to Lilly Hartmetz and all the staff at Icebreaker; it was great to meet you all.]]>
Icebreaker Merino is located at 4821 Bethesda Avenue, Bethesda, MD 20814. Black Sheep Farm ewes Niobe and Linnaea will be around the corner from the store on Bethesda Lane, in place from about 1:30 to 6 p.m. Baaa!]]>
The veterinarian came and went on Wednesday, taking his ultrasound equipment with him, and leaving the shepherdess with the results, to prepare for October lambing. The couple of open ewes will be primed for breeding this October, with another small crop of lambs planned for April.
The ewes, as usual, would rather have been grazing, and squeezed together as far away as they could get from the stranger with the probe, but one by one they were brought near so that he could place the probe on their bellies to get a view of the uterus. (That wasn’t so bad, now, was it?)
Fall management schedule is now set, hay’s in the barn, late summer pasture management underway, and we welcome some rains in this unseasonably cool August.
Grazing at night or under the trees, and lying in the shade in the heat of the day, the rams and the settled ewes relax in separate pastures.]]>