April 24th, 2004
|03:35 pm - “Now, you see, the sheep are what we call ‘sticky’.”|
Good: Got up early, met frozencapybara and kviri at the Gore Place Sheepshearing Festival (*ahem*), failed utterly in my assigned duty of preventing frozencapybara from buying yarn, and had a very pleasant lunch... okay, breakfast.
Bad: Sunburned my head. Again. (I seem to manage this about once a year.)
The post title, by the way, is an honest-to-gods quote from the farmer giving the border-collie sheep-herding demonstration. His microphone kept cutting in and out, so we probably missed some supporting context that would have made this sound less *snork*-worthy. I hope we missed some supporting context...
was the sheepshearing interesting?
Yeah, it was pretty cool. The poor sheep look slightly startled (in a "why did it suddenly get so cold?" kind of way) when it's done, but I'm not sure they're actually intelligent enough to really be traumatised. It's a little alarming to see the volume change, though: the animals look a great deal smaller afterwards.
The sheep-dog herding demonstration was fun, not least because the intermittent sound system gave us the opportunity to provide our own commentary ("...and three blasts on the whistle is the signal to KILL!") on the proceedings. Plus, the sheep, when they're trying to be stealthy and sneak away without the dogs noticing, look uncannily like King Arthur and his knights in Monty Python and the Holy Grail trying to sneak by the Black Beast of Aaaaaagh.
Beyond that, I really liked seeing people spinning the wool into yarn. Partly because the actual craftwork is an interesting thing to watch in its own right, but mostly because the... motion... of the... wheel... is... sorta... hypnotic...
And... I have a hat. I just wasn't aware that it was summer yet. :-)
do you remember anyone telling you about 'the trigger word'? :)
I... must... kill... the... Queen... no, wait, that wasn't it.