Annabelle Undressed


Annabelle’s first shearing! All the rest of the sheep got naked yesterday, too. Annabelle looks so little without her wool!

See shearing day last year. We are a year smarter–we penned them all up before the shearer got here so we didn’t have to chase them around the field capturing them one at a time. Well, Jester did manage to escape and had to be tracked down and marched back to the shearer, but that’s all in a day’s work on a farm….

P.S. The shearer said if the Cotswolds are pregnant, they aren’t very far along because he couldn’t tell if they were or not. (Sigh!)


  1. Jersey Lady says:

    How far along do you think they should be? How long does a sheep carry its lamb(s)?

  2. blossom says:

    gestation in sheep is around 5 months

  3. Jersey Lady says:

    OK, am I too stupid or what? When I login for the forum, I don’t see a little write in box to post. What am I doing wrong? It does not say that my name or password are wrong.Where do I click or what am I missing? Sorry to bother here but I can’t ask my question in the Forum because I can’t find a box to write in. Thanks!

  4. Sheila Z says:

    Worming? Moving to better pasture? Maybe it’s just the angle the photo was taken from. but Annabelle looks too thin. I know nothing about sheep so I’m just going by looks alone.

  5. CindyP says:

    Annabelle’s naked! She looks so old now, not the sweet little Annabelle…..

    And what are you doing with all of the wool!!!???!!

  6. CindyP says:

    Jersey Lady — you first need to be in a topic, then click “Reply to Post”. Or if you’d like to start a new topic, click into one of the forums…Farmhouse Table, Garden, the Old Barn etc, then click “Add New Topic”.

    Hope this helps!!!

  7. Tracey In Paradise,Pa. says:


  8. Diane says:

    Aww Anabell looks so little.

  9. Jill from Spencer WV says:

    I observed this same man on Monday shearing sheep. It killed my back just watching him! He is amazing! :sheep:

  10. Glenie says:

    wish I had sheep , goats, and a cow. I have a mule (actually my Hubby’s pet)but that’s not an option for milk or wool or anything much but a little plowing when Hubby gets the urge to use her instead of the tractor.

  11. Johanna says:

    “I’m free!” Bet those sheep feel terrific and bouncy now!

  12. Barbee' says:

    Brrr! Annabelle looks cold! She needs a little sweater, and maybe a matching cap.

  13. Valeria in NC says:

    Your shearer looks like he’s been doing his work for many years given how comfortable Annabelle looks. Is anyone apprenticing with him? These old skills need to be preserved.

  14. I Wanna Farm says:

    Hmmmm, I keep logging in and it keeps routing me back to the log in page. No wrong password, just a log in page. Anyway, I just wondered if it wouldn’t be easier to clean the wool first (wash the sheep)rather than cleaning it afterward. Does wool shrink if it’s still on the sheep? lol I’m actually kind of serious about that question! 😀 I saw in a movie once that they were herding the sheep into the river and washing them and putting them back out to pasture to dry before they sheared them.

  15. Linda Goble says:

    What are you going to make with all the wool you get? Just curious it looks like a lot from one sheep. Me to would like to see Jester without his wool on.

  16. Melissa Marsh says:

    Goodness, that’s a lot of wool!

  17. margiesbooboo says:

    too bad he couldn’t shear dookie while he was there

  18. Tobey says:

    Wow! Now the fun with fleece begins! I am working on my first raw fleece purchased from a farmer in Maine. Are you going to process it yourself or send it to a mill?

  19. Nancy says:

    I was wondering when you were going to get all that yummy wool off of them. Won’t it be fun!

  20. Robin C says:

    what are you going to do with the wool? do you spin and knit?

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