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Shepherding in my Dreams

As a knitter or spinner or other fiber-crafter, did you ever day-dream about what it would be like to raise sheep?

Nice Place to Visit

As part of the Men’s Spring Knitting Retreat, we got the opportunity to visit Ensign Brook Farm…a working sheep farm with some prize winning Romney’s, Merinos and even a Wensleydale.  Karin and her family are enthusiastic sheep farmers and are significantly involved in the farming community in her area.

The road trip to the farm was great, and getting a sense about all that it takes to raise sheep, I have to admit, I think it would a lot more fun to intern at a sheep farm for a few months than it would be to have my own sheep farm.  I’ll have to keep that in mind when I’m retired.

Until then, here are some of the photos from our trip.

MSKR 2013 - Ensign Han Ray Van
Han, Ray and Van evaluating the sheep in the pen


MSKR 2013 - Ensign Barn
Glorious barn on a glorious day


MSKR 2013 - Ensign Danny
Handsome Danny enjoying the day


MSKR 2013 - Ensign Brady Bill Han
Brady, Bill and Han enjoying a farm day


MSKR 2013 - Ensign Jack
Farmer Jack who usually enjoys a penthouse view


MSKR 2013 - Ensign John Jaye Karen and Lamb
John, Jay and Karin admiring the newest lamb


MSKR 2013 - Ensign Jeff Bill John Alasdair
Jeff, Bill, John and Alasdair taking turns feeding sheep


MSKR 2013 - Ensign Kyle Sheep Head Bump
Kyle trying to replicate the famous Alpaca head bump with a  Romney


MSKR 2013 - Ensign Kyle Photographing Ray and John
Kyle photographing Ray and John


MSKR 2013 - Ensign Kyle Black Sheep
Kyle having his face eaten as he auditions for Blacksheep II


MSKR 2013 - Ensign Lamb
Beautiful little lamb (whose name is NOT Mary)


MSKR 2013 - Ensign Ray Danny Kirk John Alasdair
Ray, Danny, Kirk, John and Alasdair


MSKR 2013 - Ensign Michael Veryl Jaye
Veryl, Michael and Jaye


MSKR 2013 - Ensign Road Trip
The guys learning about sheep farming


MSKR 2013 - Ensign Sheep Face
Loved this big headed beauty


MSKR 2013 - Ensign Ron
Ron looking quite comfortable in a farm environment


MSKR 2013 - Ensign Steve Tim
Steve and Tim taking in the sheep


MSKR 2013 - Ensign Tony Aaron Michael Mark
Van, Aaron, Tony, Michael and Veryl overseeing the sheep pen


MSKR 2013 - Ensign Tim Christopher
Tim and Christopher capturing the moment


MSKR 2013 - Ensign Van W
Van, happy to be out on the farm


MSKR 2013 - Ensign Karin and Rams
Karin wrangling the farms two rams


MSKR 2013 - Ensign Wensleydale
Guys feeling downy-soft Wensleydale fleece


MSKR 2013 - Ensign Sheep Path
The well-worn sheep path

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