Sunday, June 03, 2007
Last weekend, we went to Airfield for their annual Woolapalooza, their sheep-shearing event. It always attracts big crowds, and I can understand why. It's quite a spectacle. They had a few other attractions, but the star of the show is the sheep-shearing itself.
You really have to see it to believe how calm the sheep are when the shearing starts. It's complete pandemonium all around, with sheep baaahing all around, but, as soon as the sheep-shearer gets his hands around the sheep, she gets really quiet, completely subdued, despite (or maybe because?) the less than graceful position she's put in. She just stares at you with those big eyes, and makes no attempt to move, as if caught in a parallel universe.
And not a nick! Clearly a very skilled sheep-shearer in action!