I’m sure that being the observant readers that you are you would have noticed that for the past three weeks I’ve only been posting my Friday Funnies posts. Well, if you were one of my list subscribers you would have known that I’ve been busy entertaining some cousins from Italy who were over from Italy. They were actually on their honeymoon and had decided to spend it with their family, which I found to be quite an honor.
Naturally we wanted to show them a good time and I have to admit we found it to be quite a challenge. Luckily my Scenic Adelaide blog was able to provide me with some places to take them too. Even though spending so much time with them was pretty tiring we enjoyed every bit of it as it allowed us to come to know them so much better, something you can’t do from technological advances like Skype or FaceBook.
Learning To Shear A Sheep
Naturally, knowing something about the person helps you to work out the sort of places
that they would find interesting. As it turns out he was a man of the land, a farmer and someone who likes the simple things in life. That being the case it was most fortunate that they arrived while the Adelaide Royal Show was still on.
Having over a hundred sheep himself he was most interested in everything to do with sheep and so we made sure we took in the sheep shearing exhibition. The first thing he noticed is that we don’t tie down our sheep’s legs, something he found really strange as his sheep aren’t so docile.
He did tell us though that unlike our merino sheep the fleece from his sheep wasn’t worth much and that he was lucky to get 50 Euro for the whole lot. What he does make money from though is the milk which unfortunately is a lot more labor intensive as it involves him milking them twice a day.
As far as shearing goes Aussie shearers can shear 150 -200 sheep a day and can strip a sheep of it’s fleece in under 3 minutes! Me, I reckon I’ll stick to blogging.
I’ve learned so many things from their stay here, some of which I will share on this as well as some of my other blogs, especially the Scenic Adelaide one. One thing for sure is that I’ve grown a lot closer to my cousins and I also have a better appreciation of those who live on the land and what they have to go through. If you think about it, if it wasn’t for them we would all be a hell of a lot worse off.
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