Tuesday, May 10, 2011

What I brought back from the Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival

I brought back the usual stuff...a T-shirt, a tote bag, a couple sheep and goat figurines...
but I also got this:
Yes, a new sheep!  Isn't she adorable?!?!
She is 6 months old, a ewe (girl) and her breed is Finnish Landrace, more commonly known as a Finn Sheep.  As you might remember, I already have a white ewe Finn sheep named Lumi (means "snow" in Finnish).
She was born on a farm in Maryland and her farm name is Fern, but I am going to change her name to something Finnish.  I'm thinking about a couple of good names but haven't made a decision just yet.
I believe her official color is black, however the sun usually fades the fleece so she looks more like a deep chocolate brown, with a white crown, muzzle and four sweet little white stockings!
Here is Miss Emma, lurking around and trying to check her out without being too obvious:
 Emma and Lumi are getting along pretty well with the new addition.  I think Fern is a little homesick as she had a twin sister that she was penned with (she was also gorgeous but not for sale).  However, all animals here are pampered quite a bit and I'm sure she'll feel at home very soon.
By the way, the Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival was such a fun place to be and we loved every minute of it!  I was quite busy (thank you to all who shopped!) so I did not get to take many pictures but I will share a few snaps tomorrow.  We will definitely return to Maryland next year...but I'm going to stay out of the sheep barns....way too tempting!!! 
(A big thanks and endless appreciation to my husband who went along with the purchase of this pet without too much of a fuss! I am forever blessed to be married to that man!)


Taryn said...

You are blessed to me married to such an agreeable man. Mine won't even let me live where they would allow sheep. Hmmm, probably a smart decision. I am very disappointed that I didn't make time to get to the festival. I must mark it on the calendar for next year.

The Ohio Natural Fiber Network said...

Glad you enjoyed the MSWF. It is way too much fun.

I SOOOO want Finn Sheep. It's one of the breeds we've been considering. Sure, t-shirts are nice to bring back, but coming home with a sheep is something else!

Courtney said...

I just love sheep and wool festivals! So much wool and so little time! What fun to add another sheep to the fold! Being part Finnish myself, I think that she is quite grand!

Simply Wendy said...

She's gorgeous!! How wonderful to have sheep, wish I could too! Congrats on your new family member!

Liz said...

She is adorable! I can see why you brought her home. Glad you had a good time! Liz

Alice ~ Folk Art Primitives said...

You're a girl who knows how to shop!! Such a cute new addition to your family!! See you Saturday!

Juels said...

Fern is a beautiful little girl! One day I'll get to the MSWF, but not soon. I usually come away with fleece, which is bad considering I can't spin anymore. Wonder how my neighbors (in a gated community) would take to a real live sheep! Just love those wooly beings.

Mary said...

Kris-It was great visiting with you at the sheep & wool festival. So glad to hear that you'll be back next year!!! Love your new addition. Can't wait to learn her new name. -Mary

Anonymous said...

What a sweet girl. How could you resist her? I used to work on a sheep farm and helped dye the wool and spin it. I enjoyed being around them, particularly in early winter when the babies arrived.

Rugs and Pugs said...

Kris ~
She is just too sweet!
Pug hugs :)