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Muddy Woolly Sheep Season

  Our ground has been frozen for weeks and then dumped on by snow and then the temps warmed and the sun came out and now, we are in mud. How about you?  I don't raise sheep but for many years we kept Jersey dairy cows and mud season was the worst for keeping the cow udders clean. Lots of extra washing till the water ran clean required before the udders could then, and only then, be properly prepped for a good clean milking. The process was the definition of chore! (As a sidenote, my favorite prep for milking was udder-high snow. Our cows had free access to the field and preferred to be out in it. Deep snow was like getting an udder facial and so appreciated by the milker 😉) Back to muddy doesn't take much for me to imagine the nuisance that mud presents for those who manage sheep during winter thaws on into early spring shearing time.  What does all this have to do with my new rug design?  A couple of things came together as I was considering ideas for a new rug des

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