Friday, January 23, 2009

Hello, Rachel

Doesn't she have a sweet face? With her "sugar lips" it always seems to me like Rachel is smiling. I love just looking at her. She has the perfect Shetland face. Those cute little Shetland ears!...
Rachy continues to hold the matriarch position in the flock. Anna Belle is the likely candidate-she certainly bosses most. But Anna seems perfectly content to allow Rachel to rule.
These sheep entertain me so much with their social interaction. I suppose it is all very subtle. Yet if one spends time with a flock, you begin to learn the body language and facial expressions. Sheep are constantly communicating with each other.

Rachel is the one sheep that always communicates with me. Perhaps because she is in charge of the flock, she feels it her duty to relay messages to the shepherd. She is always aware of me, even when I am in the house. She can see me through the windows. And when I cough, clear my throat, or speak to Clancy first thing in the morning as I'm crawling out of bed, she answers with a "Baa."
That "Baa" usually means, "Dear Shepherd, we have been patiently waiting for our breakfast. Please put on your coat and give us hay. I do think we may suffer if you leave your chores unattended much longer." Thank you for that constant reminder, Rachel.
When I step out the door in the morning, Rachel is right there waiting for me.






5 comments:

Michelle at Boulderneigh said...

Beautiful commentary and photos of Rachel. I miss my grey girls....

Kara said...
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Kara said...

Sorry about that had a few typos so I thought I'd try again. Rachel is beautiful and what a sweet face. I have an Ag girl in charge in my flock too.

Becky Utecht said...

It was so nice to see photos of Rachel, is she 10 this year? I love her fleece, I'm still knitting with the beautiful blue-grey yarn I spun from her fleece.

Sabrina Wille Erickson said...

Yes, Rachel was born in spring '99 so she will be 10. She had a hard birthing last year so I didn't breed her again. I have Sian out of her so I think I will just let her live it out here. Her fleece is so nice on the years I give her off anyway. I've been saving her fleeces for a couple of years now. It is such a silvery-blue isn't it? She's such a good girl.