I spent this past weekend among friends at the Wisconsin Sheep and Wool Festival, taking in all things sheep and wool. It’s a surprise to most people (including new shepherds) that a number of such celebrations are offered around the country each year. But arguably none is so eagerly anticipated as the Wisconsin festival, which […]
Immediately following my hand surgery last Tuesday, Rick and I loaded up our suitcases, hooked up the trailer and everything we needed to transport sheep, and headed off for a run to Montana to bring back a group of twelve Romneys from Grace Valley Farms. The trip was a true whirlwind: we left on Wednesday, […]
This is admittedly a slow time in the shepherding year, but there is never a good time for hand surgery. I’ve noticed over the past few years that more and more often, my hands have been going numb; they check out just when it seems I need them the most. The problem has been much […]
I returned late last night from a whirlwind trip to the West Coast — what fun! My travel companion was my good friend and fellow shepherdess Melissa of Oak Creek Farm, who is also interested in all things sheep and wool. We flew out to Oregon last Thursday, meeting at the airport there in the […]
Summer and early fall are the slower times of the shepherding year. Once the lambs are weaned and out on pasture, the intense work of spring gives way to the slower-paced days of summer. By this time of the year, my typical chores include a daily walk through the pasture to check the health and […]
Like many others, we are celebrating Christmas and spending time with family today – but my regular blog will be back on Monday, December 29th. I’ll meet you back here then!
Rick and I spent the past week and a half on vacation in Curacao – a small Caribbean island off the coast of Venezuela – and arrived home just before dusk last night. Although the trip was lovely and the warm tropical rays of the sun were relaxing, we returned to fifty-degree rain in Cedar […]
When one is a shepherd, it isn’t easy to factor sick days or vacation days into one’s schedule. This doesn’t mean that you can’t take them — but it isn’t as simple as with other types of work. My sheep and llamas are wonderful to work with, but they don’t send a representative to sit […]