We had the pleasure of meeting the Gordon's yesterday when we delivered three Icelandic sheep to them - Badge and three ewe lambs. They're over near Indianapolis, Indiana, by the way. Now you're wondering how in the world that makes them a neighbor, but as far as I'm concerned, distance means nothing. We're all neighbors, and since they're to the west of us, that makes them a side door neighbor.
Branch contacted us a few weeks ago with an interest in Icelandic sheep, we happened to have a handful left looking for a home, so things worked out for the both of us. Now Branch and Julie are sort of where we were about five years ago...a growing family, a new to them farm, and a want to put things on it. They also have a goal of going off the grid, and I think that's just awesome! We are happy to have been able to provide them with their first sheep.
When we began our sheep journey we did it knowing, just like chicken, it comes from the grocery. I also knew that if we raised a wool producing breed I had the opportunity to learn the skill of spinning fiber into yarn. Icelandics fit the bill for us with their awesome qualities. We also started not knowing an inkling of what to do, so we bought a book. Then we met other sheep folks and over the years have enjoyed learning all that we have. I don't feel anyone truly becomes an expert in things, seeing as there is always so much to learn.
Hon gave Branch a little lesson in hoof trimming since we were there and Badge needed his done before he was turned out to the pasture with his girls. I think Branch was a bit intimidated by the experience, but I don't blame him a bit. Badge is a big boy - a big excited boy being as he had just met his new family, took a gander at his new home, and knew he had two little ewes to care for. He also had a new dog to figure out, and I will tell you they got along real well. We left Branch and Julie with as much information as we could think of to share, but not as much to make their eyes glass over and drool start dribbling down their chins. Hopefully enough to get them going in the right direction. We're always here for them and we're also part of a wonderful Icelandic community.
I am a big supporter of my friends and neighbors, so I have to tell you something about Branch Gordon. He has an incredible voice. Sure, his talking voice is a nice manly one, but what I really mean is his singing voice. It is smoooooth! Oh, and he can even do an instrument a heavenly amount of justice! Holy smokes, my animals would be a lot happier if he were the one singing to them out there instead of my caterwalling and pretending I'm a singer. There's no pretending about it with him, he is a fantastic musician. He's got this website, http://www.branchgordon.com Why don't you head on over there to check it out after you're finished here? Click on the red "b" up there on his web address and you'll transport yourself right over. You can hear for yourself. I'm listening right now as I'm typing out this story. I'm going to ask Hon to get me one of those iPods so I can download his songs onto it, because Eldest is a teenager and won't let me use his. I already asked and he just gave me "the look." Far be it for me to get between Eldest and his iPod, especially when I get "the look" along with it.
So, there you have it, folks. Badge and his ewe girls are at their new home with the Gordon's. Branch, Julie, and Little G are a super fantastic family and we are happy to have had the opportunity to meet them. We are so fortunate to have neighbors everywhere! Now head on over to Branch's website to check out an incredible talent that is sure to go far, and if you're in their area, go take a live listen! You'll be glad you did. Smiling & Waving, Sharon