Monday, December 6, 2010

the gang's all here




66 Comments:

Blogger The Mom said...

Wow, they're beautiful!

December 6, 2010 at 1:55 PM  
Blogger WestE said...

They are stunning, you are going to have so much fun spinning that wool!!!

December 6, 2010 at 1:58 PM  
Blogger Back Porch Chat said...

They are gorgeous. I can't wait to get sheep of my own.

December 6, 2010 at 1:59 PM  
OpenID Tami said...

Sweeet! Look at that beautiful long fleece!

December 6, 2010 at 1:59 PM  
Blogger Tora Consolo said...

OMG, Jenna they're beautiful!!!!! I had no idea they would be such magnificent creatures!

December 6, 2010 at 1:59 PM  
Blogger Elizabeth said...

They are stunning. Have fun with your new gals.

December 6, 2010 at 2:00 PM  
Blogger Jackie said...

Wow, aren't they stunning. They have lovely faces. I'm now in love with a sheep.
I can think of worst things to happen to me.

December 6, 2010 at 2:03 PM  
Blogger Melanie J. said...

LOVE their coloring! You must be so excited, congrats :)

December 6, 2010 at 2:03 PM  
Blogger Diane said...

They are really gorgeous, and I have a feeling you're going to be up to your eyeballs next year in both lambs and absolutely beautiful wool.

December 6, 2010 at 2:04 PM  
Blogger Maggie in Tally said...

They're gorgeous. Congrats! How does Gibson like his very own flock? Bet keeping him from running is hard about now.

December 6, 2010 at 2:10 PM  
Blogger Diane said...

Wow! Is their fleece as wonderful as it looks? Sign me up in advance for your next yarn CSA! Gibson must be beside himself with his own flock right outside the door.

December 6, 2010 at 2:11 PM  
Blogger Mansfield knitter said...

They are so beautiful with their long lovely locks.

December 6, 2010 at 2:11 PM  
Blogger Debi said...

They're beautiful! Congratulations Jenna!!!!!!

December 6, 2010 at 2:20 PM  
Blogger katiegirl said...

Very cool. Hopefully they'll get all settled in soon.

December 6, 2010 at 2:23 PM  
Blogger Allisone said...

Oh Wow!
Those are some breath taking sheep.

December 6, 2010 at 2:28 PM  
Blogger Michele said...

Holy sheep! They are lovely!

December 6, 2010 at 2:28 PM  
OpenID urbanadaptation said...

Yay - they look wonderful! I hope everyone's settling in okay.

December 6, 2010 at 2:30 PM  
Blogger Tigersmom said...

So happy for you :) Congratulations!

December 6, 2010 at 2:30 PM  
Blogger thimblevee said...

They're beautiful! Congrats! I know you are going to just love having them on your farm. Blessings on you every one!

December 6, 2010 at 2:32 PM  
Blogger bellananda said...

oh, how pretty!!! do they let you snuggle on them yet? :)

December 6, 2010 at 2:39 PM  
Blogger Rachael said...

Oh wow! That fleece looks absolutely divine! Can't wait to read more about them!

December 6, 2010 at 2:46 PM  
Blogger Denise said...

Are they a heritage breed? They do look healthy and beautiful. Cant wait to see the babies...

December 6, 2010 at 2:47 PM  
Blogger ward said...

Congratulations, Jenna. Enjoy.

December 6, 2010 at 2:48 PM  
Blogger Kitchen Mama said...

This is one picture I'm not going to show my husband--he thinks I'm crazy enough with chickens but those girls make me think hard about sheep...

They're really beautiful. Thanks so much for posting a picture!

December 6, 2010 at 2:50 PM  
Blogger Pam said...

I bet you're walking on air right now girl! Absolutely stunning animals! Waiting to hear their names ....

December 6, 2010 at 2:53 PM  
Blogger Jill said...

Hooray!

December 6, 2010 at 2:55 PM  
Blogger Cindy said...

That's a lot of hats! Oh Jenna they are the most beautiful sheep I have ever seen!

December 6, 2010 at 2:56 PM  
OpenID breezyink said...

That's so exciting! I concur with everyone else, they are beautiful sheep! It must feel like christmas for you! Can't wait to hear more about the new gang. Will they all get names too?

December 6, 2010 at 3:02 PM  
Blogger BlueGate said...

Look at those gorgeous fleeces! Your spring shearing is going to be so exciting!!

December 6, 2010 at 3:05 PM  
Blogger Toni aka irishlas said...

Absolutely beautiful!

December 6, 2010 at 3:08 PM  
Blogger Greentwinsmummy said...

WoW They are gorgeous beasts!
Jenna how often do you do your flocks feet?Maude and co seem pretty big? I work with a flock of suffolk crosses, big girls.... and whilst the lambs are a doddle,foot trimming on the ewes is always a struggle,I have a book which shows a ewe being *folded* in half but discussion with various sheepy pals has resulted in it being not that do able as the book profeses lol!
They are too big to upturn as you can a lamb, so I do them farrier style at the moment,postioning myself with one leg in under them,leaning on a hurdle with them against it,works ohhkayyy but then you have to turn them to do the other side.
I am curious as to what you do?
I spend my life doing ovine pedicures{grin}
GTM x x x

December 6, 2010 at 3:09 PM  
Blogger Crystal said...

is it bad my first reaction was "Wow! Look at that wool staple length!"

Gorgeous doesn't begin to describe them.

December 6, 2010 at 3:11 PM  
Blogger Brenda said...

They are beautiful! I never imagined their fleece would look like this... so beautiful. Thank you for the photo!

December 6, 2010 at 3:12 PM  
Blogger seagoddess said...

beautiful!

December 6, 2010 at 3:13 PM  
Blogger katiegirl said...

@Greentwinsmummy-

If you learn how to tip them it'll be much easier on you. Here's how I tip mine-

I'm right handed, so I stand with the sheep in front of me with their head facing left. I hold their muzzles in my left hand, cupping underneath the muzzle. I put my right hand on the sheep's right hip. I then turn their head into their body (to the right) which causes them to become slightly disoriented. At the same time, I push back and down with my right hand on their hip, making sure my legs arent' in the way for them to "sit down". Then you can pull the sheep's body back to you so they're resting back on your legs. Keep your feet under their rump slightly (on either side) because it keeps their feet off the ground. Once the sheep's feet hit the ground, they'll try to struggle to get up. If their feet stay off the ground, they're content to stay that way.

Hope that helps!

December 6, 2010 at 3:17 PM  
Blogger Katalyst said...

Oh my gosh this is exciting! I can't wait to hear more about them!!

December 6, 2010 at 3:27 PM  
OpenID gileadgoats said...

Congratulations Jenna! They're gorgeous! I wish you all the best with them, and can't wait to see the lambs come spring :)

December 6, 2010 at 3:28 PM  
Blogger DebH said...

Wow and ditto on everyone elses comments!! That is absolutely beautiful wool too! I just Bet you can't hardly contain yourself! Congratulations!!

December 6, 2010 at 3:31 PM  
Blogger Meredith A said...

they are beautiful!

going from 3 to 13+ sheep over a few months will be an exciting journey.

what's your plan for shelter space? hopefully there are some existing structures on the property, i can't imagine putting up another run in as it gets colder/windier will be much fun.

December 6, 2010 at 3:38 PM  
Blogger Lynda Halliger-Otvos said...

I would like a space in the coop if there comes another empty. For next year too!! Please. Thanks.

December 6, 2010 at 4:11 PM  
Blogger Heather said...

wow, they are just beautiful! I cant wait to hear about their adventures :)

December 6, 2010 at 4:13 PM  
Blogger E said...

How exciting! They are endearing. It's helpful that they have enough face markings that you can tell them apart.

Wikipedia says: Scottish Blackface The main markets are the mattress and upholstery trade, carpet and heavy cloth trade.

Do yours have softer wool?

December 6, 2010 at 4:19 PM  
Blogger Sarah said...

Darlings! Love those horns!

December 6, 2010 at 5:28 PM  
Blogger Helen said...

Everyone else said it but they are simply beautiful.

December 6, 2010 at 5:34 PM  
Blogger Irma said...

Congrats on bringing your latest babies home. You're one hell of a good mamma.

December 6, 2010 at 5:42 PM  
Blogger djp said...

They're gorgeous Jenna!

December 6, 2010 at 5:43 PM  
Blogger sara amber said...

those are some fine lookin' ladies!

December 6, 2010 at 6:12 PM  
Blogger Tami SouthStreetShabby.blogspot.com said...

Ohhh...how darn cute are they?? :-) I can't believe you haven't any snow? I'm not that far (Syracuse) and we have close to a foot! LOL

December 6, 2010 at 6:29 PM  
Blogger Kathy said...

All that hair (er, wool)...maybe you should name one of them Farrah! (Or am I dating myself?)They're beautiful, and I never thought I would use that word when describing sheep.

December 6, 2010 at 6:36 PM  
Blogger Jenna said...

They're all outside in the snow. 8 sheep on my hill...what a sight.

Meredith, only a few ewe lambs will stay. Right now we have hella-space for sheep. The old trio sleep in their barn and the new girls don't even fill half of the other. Most of the time that shelter space is a last-resort for sheep. It's shade in the summer and wind/deep snow protection in the winter. If I need more space, then more space I will add!

E - it's a rugged fleece for sure, usually used in rugs, carpets, tweeds, outerwear and what not. But I have seen it turn into wonderful itchless sweaters and happy mittens. The plan is to sell yarn, and whatever the knitter wants to make, is up to them!

December 6, 2010 at 6:45 PM  
Blogger jenomnibus said...

They're gorgeous! And, an inquisitive bunch it seems, the way they're all looking at the camera. So cute! (I always think of animals with horns as the males, but obviously females can have horns too). Nicely chosen!

December 6, 2010 at 7:14 PM  
Blogger Sarah Fain said...

They're beautiful! Can't wait until the yarn starts rolling in! Congratulations.

December 6, 2010 at 7:36 PM  
Blogger Jennifer King said...

Congratulations Jenna! They're stunning! I've long admired the Scottish Blackface, I'm so curious about your choice. With so many breeds of sheep available...how did you decide on this particular breed? I always ask every one this as it took me so long to decide on my own sheep. All the best!

December 6, 2010 at 7:46 PM  
Blogger dk said...

Jenna -

Your new sheep are gorgeous....I want to feel their wool, it looks so soft.

Do they have names yet?

December 6, 2010 at 7:50 PM  
Blogger Cindy said...

How did white-faced camera hog get into the pictures? :-)
Is he showing the gals how good sheep behave?

December 6, 2010 at 7:57 PM  
Blogger Jennifer said...

They are lovely!

December 6, 2010 at 8:42 PM  
Blogger Jennifer said...

Oh, and sign me up for roving! :)

December 6, 2010 at 8:42 PM  
Blogger The Sprouting Acorn said...

those are some beautiful sheep. don't know that i've ever seen any around my neck of the woods, either (indiana). here's to good luck and happy hooves!

December 6, 2010 at 10:15 PM  
Blogger Paula said...

Wow! What an interesting difference in their fleeces! I had no idea they would be so different. Makes me interested to see other breeds. I don't think I've ever seen the Scottish Black Face because I was under the assumption that all wool was curly.

Congratulations Shepherd Lady!

December 6, 2010 at 10:51 PM  
Blogger Jocele said...

Congrats on the newest additions. They're beautiful!

December 6, 2010 at 11:02 PM  
Blogger Heidi said...

Aren't they lovely.

December 7, 2010 at 12:55 AM  
Blogger T.C. said...

Hmmmmmm...when does the next wool CSA open? Methinks I better put some spending money aside. They are beautiful!

December 7, 2010 at 5:28 AM  
Blogger treehuggers kitchen said...

Gorgeous!! Congrats Jenna

December 7, 2010 at 8:42 AM  
Blogger Sarah said...

That last picture is so great! They look positively regal.

December 7, 2010 at 11:02 AM  
Blogger Thinkin' Out Loud said...

The new sheep look so different from the three that you already have. I do wonder what the new yarn will look and feel like compared to this years.

December 7, 2010 at 6:06 PM  
Blogger Reese said...

Oh, how beautiful!

December 8, 2010 at 12:02 AM  

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