**Warning: The following photos contain graphic images of amateurs at work. Professional shearers should be forewarned and those without intestinal fortitude should forego reading this post.
Tea went first. She was initially pretty psyched about the oats in the bucket. She later decided it was not worth the initial food bribe.
Yes, those are Fiskers hand shears. The sheep shears don't fit my hand very well and these work just fine thank-you-very-much. The lady at the quilt shop thought it was very strange though when I told her what I was going to use them for. In my defense, she did ask!
"What are you doing to me Woman?!?" "It's the latest in styles Tea. It is the lumpy bumpy style that the llamas have. Theirs has grown out a bit so it isn't quite as noticeable. It was made famous by some llamas in Iowa and is all the craze now in (a small part) of the Upper Peninsula."
"Can you quit chattering at the goat and get on with it? See all that dirt in the background? I have some earth to move!" Oh- Ginger came to visit too.
Gratuitous fall color shot. Notice that I have switched sides. I did that a lot.
Okay.. we need to get some of these curls off of your neck. I promise I won't touch the beard! No, really! I LIKE beards you may have noticed!
"Hey watch it lady! There are some sensitive parts down there." Yes, Tea I can see them. We are getting close. To being done that is!
"Tea! You keep her busy and I'll eat the bag! I think this strategy will work...she won't have anything to put the fybur in so she'll have to stop!"
"What?!? I'm next?!?"
"Oh no! Don't look at my do...it is worse than lumpy bumpy!"
Yes Twizzler, but I left enough so that you will be warm on these cold October nights. We ended up with 2 pounds of fybur from Tea, and 2 pounds and four ounces from Twizzler. Tea's fybur felt much finer, and Twizz's was much more dense. Next shearing is May!
Photo credits go to Lila MacKinnon. Goat stand credits go to Marilyn Ayers (my mother).
Much credit goes to my husband Will who patiently acted as goat handler while I occasionally complained that his hands were in the way. He gets all the credit for the barn in the background too.