It's that time of year again - Shearing Week! It's almost as busy as Christmas for us here at Toft with 200 animals to shear and all their fleeces to be sorted.
The fun started on Friday when an extended team Toft put the shearing tent up (also available for Toft wedding receptions, birthdays and BBQ's). Rob did lots of directing and numerous funny accents which confused Marie more than the term bongle (a elastic tie for the tent of which we have many apparently) whilst a bemused Pete looked on - it's all very different here to Anglesea where Kerry rescued him from!
Yesterday Carrie was joined by 10 ladies from as far a field as Essex for a day of alpaca felt jewellery making not to mention a tour of the farm and lots of shearing and sorting information from Rob and Kerry. They all left with a small bundle of hand dyed fleece, huge smiles and promises to return in August for the birthday party!
Ben the shearer and sidekick Jamie managed all 200 animals by 2pm today just in time for the heavens to open and another huge lunch prepared by Shirley - our anti-rain dances seem to have worked up 'til now, but we don't mind anymore - bring it on!
More photos to follow - oh and we've had 4 births since last week!