Wow... it's really gone fast. Do I feel retired? I think I'm starting to. Some mornings I actually feel like I don't have to be "somewhere". Then, too, some of the backlog is starting to diminish.
The last 2 weekends I judged agility trials, first in Billings, Montana, then in Colorado Springs. With these 2 assignments, I completed my provisional requirements and am now fully approved to judge agility! It's been over 2 years since I passed the agility judging seminar. I'm so glad to be "off leash". :-)
Some of the Secretarial stuff for the Gotland Association is now complete. We have copies of the Constitution and By Laws, Upbreeding Rules and Standards published. We are close to having a registrar, fees, and assigned flock numbers. Wheee! At our annual meeting in September, I'll most likely be taking on the Presidency and turning over the Secretary office to someone else. heh... I'm a much better President than Secretary. Take a look at our fledgling website:
Our EverRanch website has some new updates, too. Mostly they're photos of the Gotland lambs. You can take a look here:
They're interesting sheepies. Very friendly. I spent about 20 minutes teasing thistles out of the fleece of one of the ram lambs this afternoon. He just laid there and let me pull and tear away at the thistle heads. I thought I'd kept up better with the thistles in their pasture... argh. In the next couple of weeks, several of them should be sheared for the first time.
Then next weekend is our first fair of the season. We're having a mini-Shetland show at the Skagit county fair in Mt. Vernon, Washington. EverRanch Farm is taking 8 Shetlands, 4 Scottish Blackface lambs and 4 Gotland lambs. Sometime between now and then, we need some kind of Gotland poster, halter train the lambs and get all the "stuff" together.
Retirement??? Bring it onnnnnn!
"Captain" - one of the Gotland-Finn ram lambs. "Captain" is staying at EverRanch.