Baa Baa Black Sheep

9 Jul

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It’s called the Black Sheep gathering, but it welcomes sheep, goats, and other wool bearing beasties of all colors.

Although I’ve lived in Oregon for almost 23 years, I’d never heard of this wool festival, that celebrated it’s 45th anniversary on the weekend, before this year.

I started my visit in the barn, walking around the pens and getting to know the different breeds represented that day. When I left the barns, the scent of sheep barn clung to me, even though there was nothing on the soles of my shoes. I went into the marketplace, the scent still present like an ovine perfume, but no one seemed to notice. Perhaps they wore it too.

I had the chance to talk to a dyer I like and to get to know a few others I’d never heard of before. None of them mentioned my sweet aroma. Fortunately, the scent of raw wool permeated the air in the hall.

A trip to the restroom offered up one more beastly delight:



6 Responses to “Baa Baa Black Sheep”

  1. beckymusician July 9, 2019 at 11:52 am #

    What cute sheep! And what an interesting event. I have a black sheep wool sweater that I absolutely love. It is undyed wool from black sheep, which as I’m sure you already know, is actually dark brown.

    • Adrienne July 9, 2019 at 11:54 am #

      I bet it is cozy and warm. Does it still smell sheepy?

  2. Ramona July 9, 2019 at 2:01 pm #

    Fun pics from the event, love the sheepy aroma that accompanied your visit.

  3. Brian Rozinsky July 9, 2019 at 2:11 pm #

    My takeaway from your slice: Black sheep get an undeservedly bad rap πŸ™‚

  4. arjeha July 9, 2019 at 4:15 pm #

    Great pictures. Maybe someday someone will marker eau de sheep?

  5. Lisa Corbett July 10, 2019 at 6:11 am #

    That sounds like fun! I love handmade soap. There is someone here in my city that makes it with goat milk. πŸ™‚

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