Another shearing party, come and gone!
Yesterday’s super laid-back party may have been my favorite one yet (aside from the absence of several people that shearing just isn’t right without).
There was plenty of food, beautiful weather, a great new venue, and lots of friendly faces! For us, not having too much going on to worry about made it easier to enjoy, and we were free to spend more time talking to the people that came out to see us.
Since we had fewer animals with us to shear, Emily was free to take it a little slower and entertained the crowd with anecdotes and explanations about the various fleece types and how the animals react to being sheared (hint: they really don’t).
Unfortunately, Susan was laid up in bed as-per doctor’s orders, but Mike brought her along via Skype and she got to see how we were doing at various points throughout the day. It was pretty strange not having her there, but we had some extra help in our good friend Trina, along with her daughter, Rachel, and Maddie brought her friend Hanna to help as well.
Paul, Trina, and Rachel. I couldn’t have managed without these three.
Because we had rented a pole barn in the county park there were plenty of people out who just happened by either walking their dogs (always a bit dicey for us) and riding horses (the park has quite a lot of trails for horseback riding). It made for a pretty varied group.
Susan sent samples of the newest Juniper Moon Farm yarn for everyone to try out. (My favorite is Marlowe!)
The kids were very entertained by the animals. Emily made sure they got to pet them before and after their “haircuts”.
Emily patiently answered questions, explaining that shearing doesn’t hurt the animals one bit, and that they are bred to relax when handled properly (key word: properly). It’s something that those of us who see them every day know already, and forget that not everyone else is aware of it.
I hope everyone who came out had as much fun as we did, and that we were able to answer everyone’s questions.
Trina took a lot of fabulous pictures all day and they are posted on the Facebook Shearing Party page, HERE.