Yesterday was Shearing Day at Rising Meadow Farm in Liberty, NC. The job was done by Master Blade Shearer, Kevin Ford, and honestly I had no idea what that meant. Of course I figured that he would be using electric shears, but he wasn’t. He used blade shears (here’s Wikipedia’s entry on sheep shearing, scroll down to see a picture of blade shears).
Gerald, my wonderful, patient husband, minded the children while I played around the farm.
Maggie and Jerry had a blast, and upon getting in the car to return home Jerry asked if we could go back next year. Um, yeah. We’ll be back next year.
I had every intention of looking at the fleeces, learning how to skirt one, and maybe buying one to share with my friend Anne. What do I need with a whole fleece, anyway? But then the serendipity happened.
A corriedale sheep with a beautifully colored fleece, named, of all things, Maggie. The price was right, so with the help of Tina I decided to purchase my first fleece. It all happened so fast.
It really was a great morning. How could it not be? Fiber enthusiasts all around, sheepies, and the North Carolina sky blue as could be.
Yea, we’ll be back next year.