Sal and Maude stayed (and are outside right now). Marvin was missed so much by little girl in the the homesteading family that traded him for fiddle lessons her parents asked for him back. I obliged and replaced Marvin with Joseph, my only black sheep.
I only have four blackface in the flock now, having sold off the other four adult sheep in the fall. All of the offspring born so far (since 2010) have been bartered for firewood (sometimes my life is very much like a game of Settlers of Catan). Looking back I wish I didn't trade any of those young ewe lambs at all, and instead culled or sold off the older males and non-breeding ewes. If I had done that instead of using lambs as a form of currency I would have a very different flock. Right now, two of my current blackfaces are male, Monday the ram and a little ram lamb from this past spring. The two females I have are ages 4 and 8. I hope these gals produce some young and healthy lambs this spring, as they were served by Atlas before he headed north.
The plan for the flock is to let the older sheep (they are mostly older sheep now) live out their days and hopefully raise two or three young blackface ewes up for starting all over with a breeding program. This year I am moving all the sheep out of their old paddock on the hillside and reseeding it and letting it rest so it'll be grassy again. In the places near the house where the hay has piled up from winter feeding I will be fencing it off and making a giant potato patch, taking advantage of the natural compost. So what was once a sheep paddock will now be grass and potatoes. I will look into selling some of the sheep as well, if anyone is looking for some elderly lawn mowers at a big discount. Well, all except Sal. He'll be here as long as Brigit lets me keep him. He's my favorite, him and Maude. Those two (oh hell, Joseph, too) aren't going anywhere. They've been with me since I started feeling lanolin between my fingertips. And here they will stay.
P.S. The wool mill I use and I have been in talks recently, and I will finally be sending off the fleeces I have stored all this time to finish up the Wool CSA from previous shearing seasons. It most likely will not be actual yarn until next fall. If you do not want to wait for your wool, email me to set up a payment plan to repay your share. Same goes for Webinars. Or if you prefer, trade in your share/subscription for a workshop. Let me know how to make things right in your eyes and I will.