Some­thing a bit ex­otic at shear­ing day

Ex­otic sheep shear­ing event of­fered va­ri­ety of home-spun cre­ations.

Bush Telegraph - - FOCUS ON FARMING -

Ev­ery­thing from felted woollen horse blan­kets to home­spun and hand-knit­ted baby booties was on dis­play, and for sale, at the Ex­otic Sheep Shear­ing Day at Brian Hales’ Wim­ble­don farm on Sun­day.

Among the more artis­tic cre­ations was Whena, a Swedish Tomte gnome cre­ated by Jenny Hughes Al­lan.

“Ev­ery farm should have a Tomte gnome,” Brian said.

“These Nor­we­gian and Swedish folk­lore crea­tures work tire­lessly for the farmer, car­ing for his an­i­mals and keep­ing his farm­yard in or­der.

“In re­turn they de­mand only re­spect and trust from their farmer and at Christ­mas time, a plate of por­ridge with a pat of but­ter on top.

“If treated well they will pro­tect the fam­ily and the an­i­mals from evil and mis­for­tune, but if of­fended they will play mis­chievous tricks on the farmer and there are many le­gends writ­ten about how the Tomte sought re­venge.”

The le­gend of Whena is set at Te Re­hunga, near Dan­nevirke, where her cre­ator, Jenny Hughes Al­lan, was born. It tells of how it as­sisted her grandma Mary and the an­i­mals liv­ing on the farm.

Cre­ated from a va­ri­ety of wools, in­clud­ing karakul wool from the Hales farm, Whena has won many awards for Jenny who now lives in Welling­ton, hav­ing ex­hib­ited and taught in Aus­tralia.

Tomte gnomes, with gen­uine Wim­ble­don whiskers, could be pur­chased at the ex­otic sheep shear­ing day.

How­ever, those buy one were able to take away the Tomte spirit to pro­tect their prop­erty.

“But don’t for­get to give re­spect and trust at all times with a bowl of por­ridge and a pat of but­ter on top at Christ­mas time,” Brian warned.

Eigh­teen breeds of sheep were on dis­play on Sun­day, but not all were shorn.

Nine cafes dished up meals made from var­i­ous ex­otic breeds in tra­di­tional ways and en­thu­si­as­tic crafters ex­hib­ited their work.

The ex­otic shear­ing day be­gan at 10am, with smoko avail­able in the wool­shed and all hos­pi­tal­ity and ad­mis­sion free.

Whena, a Swedish Tomte gnome cre­ated by Jenny Hughes Al­lan who was born at Te Re­hunga. Whena has won her cre­ator many awards and was on dis­play at the ex­otic sheep shear­ing day at the Hales’ Wim­ble­don farm on Sun­day, Oc­to­ber 7.

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