Field Day: Cotswold Sheep at Davlin Farm with Solitude Wool

 Cotswold Sheep © 222 Handspun

Cotswold Sheep © 222 Handspun

I spent Sunday afternoon on a Field Day at Davlin Farm nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains in Lincoln, Virginia (Loudoun County) . The Field Day was organized by the wonderful folks at Solitude Farm and our gracious host, Lynn Updegrove. They have a gorgeous pasture, stream, and one of the nicest looking barns I've seen in a while.

Davlin raises endangered heritage breed Cotswold sheep. We learned about their flock and got to watch their sheep being sheared. Everyone was so nice and I was really impressed. I was even able to buy a fleece (Coopworth) right after it was shorn. I hope to spin something special with it soon. I'm super excited but I have to wash it first! I also bought some hand dyed Cotswold locks and roving from Solitude. Their dyed locks are sooo amazing. I'm glad they brought some this time.  Among the other goodies I picked up was a bag of Cotswold lamb washed locks from Davlin. It's buttery soft and I think it will dye up very well. I can't wait to tailspin some of those.

Here are some pictures I took on the tour:

 Davlin Farm Field Day © 222 Handspun

Davlin Farm Field Day © 222 Handspun

 Davlin Farm Field Day © 222 Handspun

Davlin Farm Field Day © 222 Handspun

 Sheep Waiting To Be Sheared© 222 Handspun

Sheep Waiting To Be Sheared© 222 Handspun

 Bringing in Sheep To Be Sheared

Bringing in Sheep To Be Sheared

shearing
 Fleece in the Barn

Fleece in the Barn

 Antique Spinning Wheel

Antique Spinning Wheel

 Sheep in the Pasture

Sheep in the Pasture

 Buckeye Chickens

Buckeye Chickens

 Pig Resting

Pig Resting

 Molly the Barn Cat Welcoming Visitors

Molly the Barn Cat Welcoming Visitors

 Washed Cotswold Lamb Locks

Washed Cotswold Lamb Locks

 Solitude's Booth © 222 Handspun

Solitude's Booth © 222 Handspun

 Sheep Waiting To Be Sheared © 222 Handspun

Sheep Waiting To Be Sheared © 222 Handspun

 Shearing Sheep

Shearing Sheep

 All Done

All Done

 Maremma Guardian Dogs

Maremma Guardian Dogs

 Guarding the Flock

Guarding the Flock

 Horse in the Field

Horse in the Field

 Cotswold Sheep

Cotswold Sheep

You can read more about different sheep breeds here as I continue my quest to spin them all.

September 17, 2012