Wednesday, August 01, 2007

Riding on the sheep's back

Over at Getting Stitched on the Farm, Kristin is talking about shearing the sheep.
So, Miss Eagle thought, I will talk about sheep and shearing in Australia.

Somewhere, sometime, during the last fifty years, Australia ceased riding on the sheep's back.
This was the phrase which highlighted Australia's economic dependence on wool.
This was the phrase which highlighted our interest in the price of wool.
To-day, it's sharemarket prices and not the price of wool that captures the nation's attention.


Miss Eagle recently spotted this beautiful merino on a gate in Dunkeld in western Victoria.
Did the owners make their golden pile from the sheep's back?
From beautiful flocks like this one, near Dunkeld.

Grazing sheep near Broken Hill in New South Wales is different from grazing in Victoria.
The desert, the rocky outcrops of the Barrier Range.
These pictures were taken in August 2006 at The Nine Mile.

The above collage shows the homestead.

Greg and Mia, the owners, are drafting sheep prior to sale.
They are assisted by Greg's father, John.


This ancient shearing shed is at Acacia Vale now part of The Nine Mile.


This is the interior...
the shearer's stands...
natural light...
the sorting table...


the pens...
another view of the pens...
the view from the shearing shed...
stencils hanging on the wall waiting for use on a wool pack...
the wool press...


The trough filled with artesian water.

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