We started out early... ready, willing and able to help with shearing day at the Sunrise Ranch. I hitched up my jeans and headed on into the fray of fur, fun and gittin' dirty.
Deb hangs onto the first of the pretties and Scott the shearer stands nearby. After we do a bit of wrangling the animal is sheared, toenails clipped and teeth checked.
This little one had a pretty saddle of deep and soft fur, which we took away to shirt and save for future yarn. Scott, the most excellent shearer, adeptly shears her back, legs, neck and face with tender loving care.
After shearing the alpaca check each other out, as everyone looks different (clean and shaved)! Later that night, it was cold enough to wrap everyone in a quilted or fleece coat.
The day started with many hardy helping hands but, as time goes on people have other obligations, which means.... near the end when the big llama are left to do, only a few of us were around to do the work.
Thusly, the photographers were ask to step in. Even though the videographer had to work hard to keep the animal in place, he still had a smile on his face. Smith is also there to wrangle the big llama as they readied him for shearing.
After a hard days work we head in for a drink (or two) and some relaxation time. Despite the hard work, or because of it, we have a good time. Jim and Deb are the best hosts, as they feed us and make sure we're warm and happy. Sadly, there always comes the time we must take our leave...
As we walked out the door a rainbow greeted us. Not a person in our group had seen such a low lying rainbow. It was a good sign after a great day of hard work and fun!