There is the best fence in Ketchum. I sometimes get to see in on the annual sheep parade. It is old and broken, but still standing up. Lovely wildflowers grow around it in the spring. It is just the coolest old fence anywhere. Do you have a favorite landmark? Is it interesting to look at in different seasons of the year?
We have stories that get passed on from one generation to the next. Our favorite is about a sheep in New Zealand who never got a “shearing”. His wool kept growing and growing until it was so heavy that he could no longer stand under the weight of his own coat. Finally, seventy pounds of wool was sheared off him. That’s the weight of an average fourth grader!
Sheep and people who live around Sun Valley get to enjoy glorious star filled skies on clear-skied evenings. No, not movie stars floating around in the sky, silly goose. REAL STARS.!!
We live in a region where there is very little light coming from buildings and outdoor street lights at night. It is easier to see all the visible stars in the sky when there is no light around us Sometimes we see a shooting star Have you ever seen a shooting star? We love looking at the real stars in the night sky with our family and friends. It makes us feel calm and loved
Once a year in Ketchum, Idaho people gather to celebrate their cultural heritage as sheepherders. Singers, fiddlers, dancers, and storytellers take a “stage” around town and entertain at the festival. OH we love a woolly good party!
Some homes are now being built with our wool hidden in the walls. Wool can keep indoors air warm when it is cold outside. Wool can also keep indoors air cool when it is hot outside. Wool insulates. Do you own anything made of wool?
Our wool becomes fabric, which then gets sewn into something that people wear. Wool is used in suits, coats, and highly fashionable women’s clothing. Sometimes people pay plenty of money for our wool. Some years, however, it can be difficult for a sheepherder and rancher to sell the wool for a good price. There are some years when wool is not very fashionable. We like fashion. It’s wooolly good fun!
When our coats get long, we often are shaved. It’s called sheep shearing.
Our wool is used for making yarn and fabric. Lots of people knit around here. Knitters like to make beannies to wear on their heads. Our wool can be seen all over town during ski season.