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Ow my everything - Tactical Ninja

Nov. 10th, 2012

06:11 pm - Ow my everything

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Today I shore 35 sheep and was chauffeured about by the YoT. Two birds, one stone, and some sheep! I also made $240 which was quite nice.

Now I feel a bit broken. There's nothing you can do to get fit for shearing except shearing, and I haven't been doing much of it lately. I'm glad I split the Horokiwi sheep, and will go back in December to do the rest.


English Leicesters are the dreadlock hippies of the sheep world:



After they're shorn they look much tidier and more like antelopes or goats than sheep:



Their attitude is most un-hippie like. If they were people they would drive V8s and listen to Metallica and wear Three Wolf Moon shirts while yelling abuse at the neighbours. Because they are not people, they have to save up their bogan bolshiness for shearing time and use it to rake my shins with their hooves and generally be as difficult as they can.

But I have a big brain and opposable thumbs and while it remains like that the odds are in my favour. They are bald and I have impressive bruises and this is always the outcome with the English Leicesters so I don't know why they bother fighting any more. Unless they like inflicting pain on me. I wouldn't put it past them. See the look in their eye? Shifty.


Also, we got given some eggs. This happens more than you might think. The YoT was all "Hey look they've got shit on them!" "Why yes son, real chickens shit. Life lessons."

Finally, notice that I am not dead. This means the driving lessons are continuing to be successful. If anybody needs me I'll be over here groaning a lot and being self-congratulatory about my awesome parenting.

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From:pixiebelle
Date:November 10th, 2012 05:47 am (UTC)
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Sheep are difficult creatures. We only had a couple for a little while, but I much prefer goats over sheep.
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From:tatjna
Date:November 10th, 2012 07:08 am (UTC)
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I refuse to shear goats. They're little yoga masters and if they can get half a hoof on the ground they'll wiggle out of your grasp, stand up and run away. They dig their horns in and scream their heads off the whole time you're shearing them. Sheep are much easier (except the Leicesters!) generally.

I've had sheep and goats and found them to be pretty similar in person(?)ality, and they run really well together too. My ideal farm has both. ;-)
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From:rivet
Date:November 10th, 2012 09:09 am (UTC)
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one has to shear goats? that's not a pretty picture...
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From:tatjna
Date:November 10th, 2012 10:18 am (UTC)
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Angora goats. They look like this:



Then they look like this:



Then they look like this:

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From:rivet
Date:November 10th, 2012 11:58 am (UTC)
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I'm not sure about that final stage...
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From:tatjna
Date:November 10th, 2012 09:19 pm (UTC)
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I'm suspicious of mohair as a textile fibre in general. I find it more itchy than wool, and people make things like those coats out of it. O.o
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From:pundigrion
Date:November 18th, 2012 04:06 am (UTC)
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Haha, I'll see your ugly coat and raise you:



Always hilarity when the mohair fetish patterns showed up on You Knit What.
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From:tatjna
Date:November 18th, 2012 05:24 am (UTC)
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Wow, that thing is... a bit special.
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From:pundigrion
Date:November 18th, 2012 05:26 am (UTC)
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Itching is tres sexy don't you know?
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From:ms_hecubus
Date:November 11th, 2012 02:31 am (UTC)
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Yeah, Ed Wood's angora looked nothing like that!
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From:pombagira
Date:November 12th, 2012 05:06 am (UTC)
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yay naked sheep.. err did that come out wrong? I love how they are all grey and fuzzy, and pissed of looking..tehehe..

also yay driving for the YoTD.. whoot!!

i would have to say most excellent parenting skills.. *hands you a jar of gold stars* *muttersabouthowwishesminewerelikethatmutters*

wheee!!
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From:meathiel
Date:November 12th, 2012 12:26 pm (UTC)
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Amazing to see how long their legs are without all that wool! *lol*
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