I've been meaning to get this post out for the past two days. Friends who belong to NW Shetland Sheep have been auctioning off all sorts of neat fiber-things to raise money for the Gregory Family in Washington State. The Gregory's run Black Sheep Creamery but were virtually wiped out when the Chehalis River flooded a couple of weeks ago. I can not imagine what these people have gone through. They lost most of there sheep: ewes pregnant for their summer milking, every ram or ram lamb was drowned...well, I could go on. They managed to find 23 ewes post-flood, one under a pile of dead sheep.
Shetland sheep people, and sheep people in general, are a very giving, generous lot. I count myself blessed to be one of them. And I applaud these people for helping others in great need. What they are doing is one of the most unselfish things a person can do...they are giving from their hearts to help others in need without thought of getting anything in return. Bless them all! So if you are in the market for something for a Fiberholic for the up-coming holidays, please peruse the auction. Some of us are giving money directly to the Gregory's and there's information about that to at this site: Black Sheep Creamery Benefit Auction
And as I was in our local health foods store, I noticed the above cheeses! Yes, Kelly, there really is a Wallace and Gromit Wenslydale! There is the picture to prove it. :) Actually, they had some really nice sheep's milk cheeses in stock. If you get the chance to try some, do. Sheep's milk cheeses are wonderful!
Do you hear that, girls? Mom's gonna fire up the milker this next spring...fair warning!