|Three bags of fleece ready for Sue.|
|Visitor John claims the "holder" job this year with Liz happy|
to step across to photographer and caterer.
|Peeling it off from spine down to sides and legs, finishing with a|
bit of nip and tuck swooping under belly, round legs and face.
|Not bad for a learner. Certainly cooler.|
|Very pleased with this one of Sue's girls. My cleanest yet.|
|Not normal for Ireland. A hot forecast from Met Éireann|
I go in fear, then of cutting the poor sheep in these sensitive places and ease off the throttle too soon around legs and neck and face (ears, Achilles tendon etc). I tend to miss bits under the collar and on fronts and backs of legs (I am OK on the big, broad, flat 'sides' of the limb) so my sheep have trademark "frilly knickers" (as Sue says) and sometimes a "goat-beard" under their throat.
|In Sue's barn|
|The ever reliable Dublin Bay comes into flower.|
|The first of our huge poppies opens with|
plenty more buds on the clump.
|Next in the news? Our expectant Mums.|