I was astounded by how absolutely tiny they were when their fleece was all gone.
Darjeeling is the boss so when he was up on the table I thought the other 2 would be delighted, but in fact they were rather worried about him. They came right up to the table and were sniffing him all over. Tetley even went to all the clippings ( the bits you don't use were all over the ground) and pawed at them until he'd made a pile then curled up in them, like a wee bed. I think it was like his security blanket?
So they all got a huge haircut and their toenails clipped. The toe clipping has to be done regularly, the shearing just once a year around now, before summer kicks in and they start to get very hot.
We're going to save the fleece and when we've got enough are going to get it spun and made into a blanket. I'll have to find out how much fleece we'll need for this. It's gorgeous and so, so soft.
Here's a before and after pic. Darjeeling is in the front and Earl Grey is hiding behind him.
Tetley and his wee nest ( Tetley is completely adorable)
Then this morning I went out to see them and make sure they weren't too cold. Also hoping they had forgiven us for the indignity of it all. And they had!
Tetley and Earl Grey having a cuddle
This is hysterical ~ spot the difference in the next to photos!
Darjeeling was doing his usual and hanging back... I think he looks like Bambi!
and here's the fleeces. I wish pics had a feel - they are like fluffy clouds.
As far as the fleece is concerned the best bit is the big part from round the middle of the body. The next good bit is from round the neck. The rest isn't really usable, but the shearer told me it makes great mulch as it releases nitrogen slowly. So I'll dig some of it in round the trees.
Anyway, the whole experience was so successful that we're seriously thinking of getting some more!
I've been asked to join this!
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