Not long ago I was able to photograph the time-honored task of sheep shearing. A couple of observations I made during the event:
- You should be of short stature in order to minimize your need to bend over,
- You should be strong as an ox in order to wrestle a full-grown ewe or ram into an unnatural position,
- You should love what you do.
By month's end the livestock will be moved to summer pastures, my twice-daily walks through the farm will be but to collect eggs. I'm glad to think of them in a large grassy field, but then again the kids and I enjoy greatly the chance to go to the barn and walk among the, to talk and pet Ben and Dave and Daisy in the cow pens. To look for Puppy, Spot, Patch, Dominic and Mr. Texal in the sheep pens and chase the wayward lambs back home to their mums. But they'll be back in the fall and we'll welcome them.