Please Welcome William and Harry
Updated: Jan 28, 2021
I've been planning for Wendy's and my seventh anniversary for years. Why? Because the seventh year is wool. Wendy likes to knit and I have long aspired to get her the gift that keeps on giving: sheep.
Our anniversary is in February but William and Harry are in our back yard right now. They are small, they are cute, and they are skittish but curious. And Wendy loves them.
We picked them up from a farm about 90 minutes away, in bouts of wind and heavy rain. Our trailer got a flat on its first real outing. And it has been freeeeeeezing and rainy/sleety, making it difficult to bond with our new residents. But we wouldn't change a thing.
They're so small both sheep fit in the crate we used when flying our dogs to Europe... with room to spare. And I was able to set up a little feeding station... inside a compost bin. I set up another one for them to sleep in, though so far they've opted for the great outdoors despite the formation of frost on their backs.
William and Harry are a mystery mix that includes Ouessant - the most primitive of the native French breeds, dating back to the 1700s and originating from the Ile d'Ouessant, a small rocky island in Northwest France. They're also the smallest breed of sheep in the world, standing only 19 inches tall when fully grown. Ouessants are known for the quality of their fleece and tasty meat, so I'm considering adding a flock to our farm operation.
But William and Harry are the ambassadors, forever pets, to cuddle and teach us how to properly care for sheep. I'm (not so secretly) hoping Wendy will knit them little princely outfits, but that remains to be seen.