Wow. Four years. It doesn't feel like that long but a lot of things have happened since I made this post declaring my feelings to the world. And I can still say unequivocally that the better I get to know this man, the more I love him. Dr Wheel, you are awesome and my life is better for having you in it.
Not really, but they sort of look like it. Yesterday was what I call a tidy-up day, where I went to four different places along the Hutt valley, stopping in and shearing 2-4 sheep at each. At the first, I shore two Arapawas, was charged by a ram with horns, licked half to death by a heading dog puppy and given half a dozen green eggs laid by purple chickens.
At the second I shore three lambs whose Mums I'd done a few weeks ago. These are moorit Romney/corriedale crosses and they are beautiful looking sheep. I was trying to get a photo of the stunning black ram lamb she has, but he wasn't cooperative:
However I do love the side-eye that the ewe on the left is giving the camera. And here's one of the moorit ewe lambs. They really do look chocolate coated:
The third place had three suffolk crosses and a gotland, and a ram called Trevor. All the rams had names. Michelle's one is called Thunder and he's quite lovely in that he's not only multi coloured (a sort of agouti) but he's also the ragdoll version of a sheep and he throws this trait to his offspring. So her sheep, while being the hardest to actually shear through being covered in wrinkles and having extremely dense wool like a merino, make up for it by being so easy to handle you'd think they were asleep.
Also, she has a blind one. This sheep is completely blind and when they were let out of the shed at the end of the day, she got left behind and couldn't find her way to the paddock. After a couple of minutes, one of the other sheep came back and helped her.
To which we all went "D'awwww!"
In other news, today I'm going to finish Freedom's Call. Just one more coat on the last easy bit and it's done. Photos tomorrow. And, I only have three more lined up after this, and a sudden inspiration to try and make armour..
.. good thing I don't have anything else to do eh?