Here is a picture of the fleece just after it was removed. Can you see the shape of the sheep?
And here she is in action! You'll see a nick, but it is impossible to avoid. Overall there were very, very few cuts on the six sheep. She is a wonderful shearer, and I told her I've never seen the sheep so calm. She grinned and said, 'sheep whisperer.'
Here is a closeup of some fleece. Isn't it beautiful? And as soft as can be.
After they are shorn, and we let them out into the pasture, the sheep baa and baa for a good part of the day. I think they're happy to be free of their heavy winter coats, just as we are.
The garden is coming along just fine despite our cool, cool month. I froze 16 1/2 cups of rhubarb this week. It snowed a bit last Sunday morning. Didn't really land, but still... ah, May in the north! Not for us the bluebell wood and soft air.
Onion sets, and those amazing chives! The latter are perennials that come up early.
Garlic we planted last fall.
There is no sign of the sweet peas yet. And the lettuce hasn't broken through the ground either. We just need a few warm, sunny days for everything to really take off.
The mint which is thriving.
Violets are everywhere.
The monkshood has started its climb up the little trellis.
The honeysuckle have bloomed
And the first lilac flower. Our lilacs are all over the land, and they blossom over time. This one is right next to the terrace and gets the full south sun and warmth of the stones to make it the earliest bloomer.
If you are interested, there's a book giveaway going on through tomorrow!