Good old Tarset, she is throwing her usual weather at us - rain! Actually there is quite a variety in the forecast at the moment, there is rain, showers, heavy showers, sunshine and showers, big showers, little showers, very very wet showers, persistent rain interspersed with showers. You name it, so long as it involves precipitation, we seem to be getting it.
Unfortunately the weather is causing problems with work. We are now in the shearing season, it has always been preferable to shear sheep when they are dry. Wet, when packed into the wool sheets, can go mouldy or worse and so everyone endeavours to make sure their fleeces are dry when removed from the sheeps back, although it has been known (and is happening at the moment) that wet fleeces get hung up in the sheds to air dry before being wrapped and packed, unfortunately fleeces are quite big and many will take up more room than is available so it isn't the ideal solution.
There has been the odd miracle, many days the weather improves in the evenings and on one such evening Shep was ecstatic to be able to get some sheep clipped outside.
I suppose I could have taken my clipping race along but instead I was fortunate and the other half offered his assistance. The last thing you want when shearing is a mob of sheep running over the top of you which is more than possible in a set up such as this. Fortunately the other half caught a sheep whilst I guarded the machine and hand piece, then whilst I clipped one he stood guard to prevent the rest of the 'flock' from charging around the pen.
Hard to believe from seeing those shots that it rains a lot, but it does - honest! In fact I was foolish enough to look up the BBC long range weather forecast and have been in denial ever since, it seems to suggest there is unlikely to be much change in the near future - surely not? That must be a misprint - it can't keep raining, the sky will dry out eventually, will it not? It's summer now - officially so, that means sunshine and things doesn't it?
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