Between Anna's graduation and Philip's wedding, we're spending a few days visiting my family in West Virginia. My parents and my three brothers and their families all live in the state.
My brother Max and his wife Anne have owned a beautiful farm in the Greenbrier Valley for over twenty years. It's a pick-your-own blueberry farm, but they have sheep, cows, chickens, other berries, and a huge garden too. Yesterday was sheep-shearing day, and Max let me document the event.
Max and daughter Hannah herded the three into the barn.
They separated the babies from Oregon.
He trims Oregon's belly first. He uses electric clippers. Years ago he used hand clippers (like the old days). He's not nearly so fast as the shearers at the state fair in Lewisburg, but I'm pretty impressed with his skills!
After the belly was done, Max got Oregon on her right side and started working on her legs and side, going back to front, up to her spine. Carefully, gently.
There on the top of her leg, you see one little spot where the clippers nipped her.