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21 August 2017

19:00

21 Aug 2017 Helen in Toronto (ish), Ontario, Canada

With the eclipse the temperatures cooled quite a bit, which is nice on a hot and muggy day.

18:00

21 Aug 2017 Helen in Toronto (ish), Ontario, Canada

Funny kind of light.

21 Aug 2017 Helen in Toronto (ish), Ontario, Canada

Watching total eclipse on TV and waiting for the partial effects here - it is starting to be a tiny bit darker already.

13:00

21 Aug 2017 Helen in Toronto (ish), Ontario, Canada

Just scrolled back to see a picture of Lance. He's a big boy!

11:00

21 Aug 2017 Dan in Atherton (ish), England, UK

bye Cindy

21 Aug 2017 Cindy in Blackpool

I must go ....... great to be able to chat again

21 Aug 2017 Dan in Atherton (ish), England, UK

we're hopefully going to move them out of eye sight so he can relax lol

21 Aug 2017 Dan in Atherton (ish), England, UK

He's yearning for the girls he can see

21 Aug 2017 Cindy in Blackpool

Look at him posing !

21 Aug 2017 Dan in Atherton (ish), England, UK

yes that what i am very conscious of, hopefully lambing will go ok

21 Aug 2017 Dan in Atherton (ish), England, UK

unfortunately Peggy's fleece is tainted by patches of white hairs on her back legs, so although she's a lovely animal, she's not the best shetland, but we don't really care, she's lovely

21 Aug 2017 Cindy in Blackpool

They will be big lambs with Lance as a father - what a size the ewes will be if they have twins

21 Aug 2017 Dan in Atherton (ish), England, UK

it will be interesting to see if we get any shetland lambs with horns as all our ewes are polled.

21 Aug 2017 Dan in Atherton (ish), England, UK

here he is again, longing

21 Aug 2017 Dan in Atherton (ish), England, UK

not 100% sure yet

21 Aug 2017 Cindy in Blackpool

When are you due back

21 Aug 2017 Dan in Atherton (ish), England, UK

so it will be an internet free holiday

21 Aug 2017 Dan in Atherton (ish), England, UK

need to properly get away

21 Aug 2017 Cindy in Blackpool

Oh dear !!

21 Aug 2017 Dan in Atherton (ish), England, UK

im not sure... it will be a technology free holiday.

21 Aug 2017 Cindy in Blackpool

Perhaps you will share some photos whilst enjoying the sunshine

21 Aug 2017 Dan in Atherton (ish), England, UK

thanks

21 Aug 2017 Dan in Atherton (ish), England, UK

i dont recall needing a holiday more ever, than this

21 Aug 2017 Cindy in Blackpool

Have a great time but take care of yourselves

21 Aug 2017 Dan in Atherton (ish), England, UK

greece

21 Aug 2017 Cindy in Blackpool

Where are you going to on holiday

21 Aug 2017 Dan in Atherton (ish), England, UK

then can refocus after that

21 Aug 2017 Dan in Atherton (ish), England, UK

holiday coming in mid sept thank goodness.

21 Aug 2017 Dan in Atherton (ish), England, UK

Yes, it has been a really chatoic year i've not had chance to sit down it feels.

21 Aug 2017 Cindy in Blackpool

Great to have this chat Dan ...... we miss you and the family on Chat.

21 Aug 2017 Dan in Atherton (ish), England, UK

aww

21 Aug 2017 Cindy in Blackpool

Last one was Malham about 10 years ago - the owner of the Lonks died in the 1980s - not able to walk far nowadays so I miss going to the small shows and the Royal Lancs is poor now

21 Aug 2017 Dan in Atherton (ish), England, UK

Yeah. they are quite popular now at shows. There's a lot of them... When did you last visit a show?

21 Aug 2017 Cindy in Blackpool

Lonks were never very popular and the show classes were small as too much work

21 Aug 2017 Dan in Atherton (ish), England, UK

You should be able to get your finger between horn and head at all times .

21 Aug 2017 Dan in Atherton (ish), England, UK

Mmm we've seen that on the Lonks, and some of them are even cut... we're not a fan of that as it shows a weekness in their design.

21 Aug 2017 Cindy in Blackpool

The Lonks' horns are tightly curved and can grow to touch the side of the face and of course they belonged to a "Lady" so money was not short.

21 Aug 2017 Dan in Atherton (ish), England, UK

We like Lance's fleece structure so he's getting some

21 Aug 2017 Dan in Atherton (ish), England, UK

For example, we like Boris's horns very much and his dark colours, so he will have a breeding group of his own to see if we can get any with those characteristics.

21 Aug 2017 Dan in Atherton (ish), England, UK

Oh we don't do anything like that... the horns are what the horns are. We try not to meddle with nature and develop the flock traits based on breeding.

21 Aug 2017 Dan in Atherton (ish), England, UK

We will have, if possible 4 breeding groups this year. We also need to find space for the young and retired ladies, and the young and spare boys.

21 Aug 2017 Cindy in Blackpool

The Lonks used to wear steel clamps on their horns when not being shown so that the horns grew correctly

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21 Aug 2017 Dan in Atherton (ish), England, UK

If you look at Heather's PDF in the news post you can see.

21 Aug 2017 Dan in Atherton (ish), England, UK

Yes exactly, it can be dyed, but in terms of better for knitting, it doesnt matter, it's whatever the knitter wants. But the quality of the fleece, the staple length and softness, all affects the spinning and knitting, and Lance has good qualities there.

21 Aug 2017 Cindy in Blackpool

I presume white fleece is better for knitting wool and can be dyed

21 Aug 2017 Dan in Atherton (ish), England, UK

Yes they are very impressive horns. But it can make life difficult at times when dealing with them.

21 Aug 2017 Dan in Atherton (ish), England, UK

White is good for blending.

21 Aug 2017 Dan in Atherton (ish), England, UK

Some folks want white fleece, others like the colours, so it's nice to have some of all colours.

21 Aug 2017 Cindy in Blackpool

Are you and Heather getting used to all the fantastic horns on the boys .... and some of the girls!

21 Aug 2017 Dan in Atherton (ish), England, UK

but colours of mother

21 Aug 2017 Dan in Atherton (ish), England, UK

as in Lance's quality fibres

21 Aug 2017 Dan in Atherton (ish), England, UK

Carbon copies of their mum, with Lance's fleece, would be lovely.

21 Aug 2017 Dan in Atherton (ish), England, UK

Lol yes we wanted to get a white ram for the shetland girls to see what colours come out, as all the girls are nicely marked.

21 Aug 2017 Cindy in Blackpool

Doesn't seem to be many dark brown in his pedigree - you know how I like the brown Shetland girls !

21 Aug 2017 Dan in Atherton (ish), England, UK

He is posing for you. admiring the ladies, he can see just further up the hill

21 Aug 2017 Dan in Atherton (ish), England, UK

and maybe some of my dad's too

21 Aug 2017 Dan in Atherton (ish), England, UK

he will be going with the shetlands this autumn yes

21 Aug 2017 Cindy in Blackpool

Will you breed with him next Spring?

21 Aug 2017 Dan in Atherton (ish), England, UK

Here's his pedigree: [link]

21 Aug 2017 Dan in Atherton (ish), England, UK

came from Cheshire

21 Aug 2017 Dan in Atherton (ish), England, UK

He is an old boy

21 Aug 2017 Cindy in Blackpool

He does look big for a Shetland - lovely horns

21 Aug 2017 Dan in Atherton (ish), England, UK

here he is

21 Aug 2017 Dan in Atherton (ish), England, UK

and is a bit on the familiar side, you need ot watch him

21 Aug 2017 Dan in Atherton (ish), England, UK

has a lovely fleece

21 Aug 2017 Dan in Atherton (ish), England, UK

he has impressive horns and is a big animal for a shetland

21 Aug 2017 Dan in Atherton (ish), England, UK

By the tree

21 Aug 2017 Cindy in Blackpool

Thanks Dan

21 Aug 2017 Dan in Atherton (ish), England, UK

You can see him there

21 Aug 2017 Dan in Atherton (ish), England, UK

Yes I will try and get a picture for you.

21 Aug 2017 Cindy in Blackpool

We haven't seen Lance since he arrived - can we have a photo some time.

21 Aug 2017 Dan in Atherton (ish), England, UK

This field is bordered mostly by fences so hoping that will keep them in.

21 Aug 2017 Dan in Atherton (ish), England, UK

Yes Cindy, the boys are now in the LambWatch field as it's more secure. The two ram lambs Rocky and Harry have spent the last week escaping and climbing walls.

09:00

21 Aug 2017 Cindy in Blackpool

I now see that it is the same field but the sheep have changed !

21 Aug 2017 Debbie in Furness Vale (ish), England, UK

Good morning

21 Aug 2017 Cindy in Blackpool

My picture is constantly downloading - this field is the original one isn't it ?

21 Aug 2017 Cindy in Blackpool

Hello everyone

21 Aug 2017 Dan in Atherton (ish), England, UK

Back on again. We've had a bit of a reshuffle. You can now see the boys. We have 7 handsome chaps: Jacob, Boris and Monty (Boreray), Wispa, Rocky and Harry (North Ronaldsay) and Lance (Shetland). Can you tell who is who??

07:00

21 Aug 2017 Susan in Wath Upon Dearne (ish), England, UK

Clock stuck again 02-27.

06:00

21 Aug 2017 Milly Near Lanc's /york's border

Morning all !