17th January, 2012: Happy New Year! Here are pictures of the flock and winter shearing. Gideon the shearer and I delayed this event, which is normally before Christmas, because the weather was horribly wet. Sheep are fine with cold but much less happy with wet, particularly when shorn. So I feed them extra rations and give them access to shelter anyway but the wet and wind were a bit much. We seem to have struck lucky as it has scarcely rained since we did it.