It was unexpected. I think Liz just wanted to drop him off without our knowing so we’d have a big surprise.
But I was surprised anyway when I saw Jon and what I thought was a woman playing with Zinnia out my studio window. It turned out to be Liz, walking our new sheep into the barnyard.
I ran out in my slippers.
By that time, the sheep was making the rounds and figuring out that he already knew three of the ewes.
Our new sheep is a five-month-old wether (castrated male). His twin is a female that Liz kept and she didn’t want to send the brother to market. So now we have him. He’s a mix of Merino, Romney, Blueface Leicester and one other breed that I never heard of and keep forgetting what it is. But I’ll find out from Liz. Even just from that combination I know he’s a great wool sheep.
And as you can see in the video, even though he was born at the same time as Merricat and Constance, he’s almost bigger than Merricat’s mom, Lori. He has those long, knobbed kneed legs and a speckled nose.
Liam gave him the smallest of head butts, but he hardly noticed. He’s easy-going and when I put out hay he went right to it, eating with the other sheep.
We don’t have a name for him yet. Jon and I thought it would be fun to ask all of you for names. So if you have any ideas, you can email me at [email protected].