I forgot to take photos of the sheep shearing day. Our two local New Zealanders turned up at 7am and got to work straight away. No time for a chat or how's ya father. It was heads down, clippers out and sheep in the back wash. They had been brought in the night before by the farmer and so must have realised something was on the cards. As we have been blessed with relatively warm weather all week, I doubt they would have bothered about being stripped of their pride.
We had two helpers, one a local farmer from across the fields and the other our lambing assistant. She's Merlin's Wizzard, another blogger. We didn't meet through blogging but through a mutual friend, she got into blogging after meeting me. I guess I kept telling her how amazing it is and she decided to find out for herself. She has severe anaphylaxis which in English is a complete major allergy to Fish. Whenever she comes to the farm we have to make sure there is no fish in sight. That she won't be able to smell it or taste it and possibly not even see it as it makes her anxious. The cat wasn't too happy during the lambing as we had to save up the Whiska's salmon flavoured tins and she got sick of beef and chicken. Plus fish and chips was off the menu of our Saturday night takeaway. How unfair is that!
I have massively digressed. The clipping, or shearing, went very well and was finished by mid afternoon. I was in such a good mood that I made everyone bacon and egg barmcakes and hotdogs in finger rolls. Plus tea and coffee in flasks. And everything I'd said beforehand went by the by. They were actually quite grateful and everyone sat around on the wool table enjoying brunch. I went out after that. We managed eight sacks of wool at the end. The sacks are about 4ft x 4ft.
My good mood has also given me inspiration to get technical with the computer this week. I have signed up with gmail so that I can talk to a friend in Canada, otherwise known as Aims. We actually talk to eachother with headphones and a microphone. How amazing is that! For me, it's pretty darn cool. My technical talent just about stretches to pressing the on/off button. But I find this experience incredible. The line is so clear. I wonder if David Tennant is on gmail........