Really, my friends had gotten tired of me saying I'm going to have sheep on the ranch. But after building a fence around the ornamental garden (in the background) and improving the fence around the vegetable garden and building a sheep shed, I'm finally ready for them.
The black and white one is a male, the other female. They are both about 5 months old and of Dorper mix. Just starting out with 2 to see how it goes, but the plan is to have quite a few more. This is not the breed I hope to keep in the future, but they were locally available, and therefore easy to obtain.
There is clearly a lot more grass than 2 sheep can eat. And, in case you are wondering, they are restrained with the blue leashes for the moment because when they first arrived they tried, and the male succeeded, in jumping over the 4-foot-plus stone wall the surrounds the property, to return to their flock. They are surprisingly strong and acrobatic when they feel threatened!
Chico, the dog, is hoping they will play with him.
People always ask if I am going to use the wool for my knitting. Firstly, this is not a breed that will produce fine knitting wool and, secondly, I have purchased fleece in the (long ago) past, spun the wool and knit from it, and if I were to do that now I figure it might take me a year to produce just one garment. I like the concept of creating what you need from scratch with one's own 2 hands, but having tried that kind of lifestyle, I realized it is better to make what you are good at, sell it, and use the proceeds to buy the rest.
Meanwhile, there are new alpaca ponchos available in the shop. Just posted this one today:
Connie is a knitter and gardener in love with life on a small ranch in rural Mexico.