Shearing and Oso

Warning- there are 43 photos.


Today was shearing day, the culmination of a year’s hard work.  Fortunately we had Deb Robson taking photos for us this year along with the usual shearing “crew”.

shearing_2This is Jemima waiting to be sheared.


And her being sheared.

shearing Jemima

And her wool after shearing.

Jemima woolshearing_3

This is Jewel waiting.


This is Huey.


And him being sheared.

shearing HueyThis is Monette.

MonettewatchingSome wet sheep after shearing.

wet sheared sheepshearing_5Tom and I.

Tom and Donna

Jethro waiting to be sheared.

Jethro waiting

And being sheared.

Jethro being sheared

Diddley being sheared.

Diddley being sheared

Denise packing wool into bags.

Denise bagging woolshearing_6shearing_7

Logan waiting to be sheared.Logan

And being sheared.

Logan being sheared

Eliz moving the sheared sheep out of the barn.

Eliz moving sheared sheep







Eifion’s shoe.

Eifions shoe




Tom laughing



Bambam being sheared.

Bambam being sheared



Denise with wool.

Denise and wool

Mr. D waiting.

Mr D

And being sheared.

Mr D being sheared

Denise and I.

Denise and Donna

Brown Sugar waiting.

Brown SugarAnd being sheared.

Brown Sugar being sheared

Wet cold sheared sheep.

wet sheep

And Eifion all finished.

Eifion done

We had a great shearing day (despite the torrential weather) including pizza, sodas, and hard cider.  Next will be drying the 25 fleeces and recuperating.

Tomorrow marks the one year anniversary of the Oso mudslide.  Tom and I were having a relaxing Saturday morning  when Tom found out about the slide, and we listened to the scanner.  We heard the sounds of people desperately trying to rescue survivors.  It was quite haunting.  So tomorrow at 10:37 PDT please remember this community.


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5 Responses to Shearing and Oso

  1. Elaine Weedman says:

    Thanks for postings these pictures. Had a much smaller flock in new hampshire and will never forget the sights and smells and textures of shearing day.

    • Donna says:

      I am glad you enjoyed Deb’s photos. Shearing day is a memorable day in the year of a shepherd but also a lot of hard work.


  2. I had a great time, and am so glad there were good photos: with the rain and working in the barn in close quarters, I wasn’t sure we’d get anything (other than fleeces). I’ll add that yes, the sheep got to come back in as soon as the shearing was done–and it was a quick process. Eifion is both careful and swift.

    • Donna says:

      Thanks Deb! I am glad you had a great time, and your photos turned out perfect. You are, of course, the only member of the crew without a photo. Eifion is quick. I think we were having our pizza “lunch” by 10:30.

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