Yesterday was a sweet spring day. Perfect for a beautiful drive on narrow, winding dirt roads past tumbled fence posts, redbuds blooming everywhere, the fresh green haze of new leaves in the trees, all bursting under a bright sunshine sky.
….and turkeys in the road.
A perfect day to pick up sheep!
I was there to pick up four.
Tunis sheep (also known as Tunisian Barbary) are an ancient breed–-they are the “fat-tailed sheep” of the Bible. They have cream-colored wool with cinnamon-red faces. (The lambs are born tan or red and the body wool later grows out creamy, leaving the red faces.) Not surprising for an ancient breed, they’re multi-purpose. They provide flavorful meat, wool suitable for spinning and crafting, and as a bonus, they’re also good milkers. The overall potential of Tunis sheep is intriguing to me. (Am I going to milk a sheep? I don’t know…. Maybe!) The pure Tunis sheep are beautiful and interesting, and they would make fascinating crosses also with Annabelle and Crazy, and since they cross especially well with Suffolk, will also work well with Ebby.
I picked up two purebred Tunis ewe lambs along with a Tunis ram lamb. The girls:
I also picked up one older lamb. I think this one is probably one of their crosses, but I didn’t need this one to be a purebred.
He wasn’t going to be staying at Sassafras Farm for long…..
I packed them all into the back of my Explorer.
Along with a couple of big bags of Tunis wool, an extra gift thrown in to add to the wool from my own sheep for the wool retreat coming up.
Home and unloaded, everybody looked around to figure out where they were.
Chloe practiced herding.
And new friends made their acquaintance.
One of the girls again:
The older sheep (to the left in the below photo) was reloaded later in the day and taken directly to the butcher, by the way. More on that later.
After the losses of Minnie Belle and Crazy Junior, and the little bottle lamb more recently, my farm is full of sheep again–I’m starting over!