It's so fascinating to look back on these pictures now. I've gotten used to a sheared Nic with handsome mutton chops. He's much more confident now too. When you shear a sheep you're really able to bring out a new side to his or her personality. My Nic is accustomed to being the more "sheepish" of our herd (hehe... sheepish) but now he's much more outgoing and friendly.
Kate helped us shear him since she wanted to learn. I'm not a pro by any means, but it was good for me to be a teacher because it made me think about my own techniques. I love shearing by hand for many reasons, but primarily because it's a good bonding experience. I'm not very fast at it, but I think that the time spent together is like an initiation of sorts. This was Nic's first time being sheared so he was unsure about it at first, but eventually (after much kicking and protesting) he realized how nice it was to feel the cool evening air on his skin.
That's happened with all of the sheep so far. It's adorable because you can run your fingers over their skin and their chubby little bodies tremble with excitement as if to say, OOH I can actually feel something! By the end, as you can see in the second picture, Nic gave up and took a nap on the cool garage floor. His eyelids fluttered and he let out a sweet little snore while we chopped away.