My header picture (courtesy of the farmer) says it all without a word being written.
The Swaledale ewes and their lambs have arrived for the Summer and have settled into the pasture. But already they are shedding their coats. They must find it an irritant because they seem to spend a lot of their time in the hedge bottom rubbing among the branches.
I don't expect the shearing to take place before July and by that time many of the ewes will have lost almost all of their wool in the hedges and will look very moth-eaten, poor things.
A couple of years ago I went round the hedgerows and collected all the wool for Fiona (www.MarmaladeRose.co.uk) who lives in Hawes, about fifteen miles from me. She made me this cute little Swaledale sheep on a green ball. Pop over to her site and see what other goodies she makes.