The Last Day of Shearing.
Yes, today was the last day for shearing. My hardworking husband has sheared 500+ sheep, with my daughter and myself assisting in wrapping the fleeces.
It has taken a few weeks to complete the task as we dodged the rain, but the work is finished.
Gabriel Oak in 'Far from the Madding Crowd'(in photo) sheared by hand and if he had 500+ to complete , poor man would have been still working at Christmas!! So although it is very hard work , electric shears have made the job much easier.
In the same movie when all their summer work was finished(including the harvest), a meal was organised with alcohol and singing. Well... the same will happen here tonight, we will raise our glasses to the last sheep shorn for another year!!! Then consider the hay and silage work.
'Gabriel Oak' photo courtesy of this site.