Shepherd’s Harvest


This time last year I was stuck in an emergency room waiting to be checked in to the hospital for my second extended stay. Needless to say, we wouldn’t be visiting our favorite festival. So, when this year’s festival rolled around, I felt like I was having to make up for lost time (and, I’m sure the vendors were quite happy that I was).

Hanging with Siblings

I’m happy that the festival has grown so much in the last couple of years. It was not that long ago that all the vendors could fit in one building. This weekend, it took four buildings to house them all. I’m only happy to support some of the amazing producers, spinners, dyers, etc… that show up every year with their wares. I think my favorite for this year was a couple who use natural dyes to produce some amazing colors in their roving and yarn. See for yourself! There should be some sweaters spun and knit from this stuff in the near (or distant) future.


Of course, I’m a sucker for all the animals, and I certainly enjoy checking them out. I wonder if our neighbors would notice if we had a cloven-foot animal wandering around our yard? At least our grass would stay short…

Food on Face

I’ve got my work cut out for me this next year. Uh, who am I kidding? I think I have enough to last me for a couple of trips around the sun. Here’s just a wee glimpse:


5 Replies to “Shepherd’s Harvest”

  1. Oh, that looks like great fun! Next year I need to plan a trip home to MN for the festival.

  2. Your goat/alpaca/sheep photos are wonderful! And your haul looks impressive. Have fun with it!

  3. Fabulous pictures, Dan. Thank you.

  4. That one Alpaca? Llama? looks like Charo in animal form! We also went today and it was great.

  5. I’m sure the animals were all thinking, “Why is he still here?” as I would crouch down and try to take the photos between the slats in their pens, then stand up and then crouch down again.

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