What do you do when you love your farm...but it doesn’t love you? After 15 years of farming, Catherine Friend is tired. After all, while shepherding is one of the oldest professions, it’s not getting any easier. The number of sheep in America has fallen by 90 percent in the last 90 years. But just as Catherine thinks it’s time to hang up her shepherd’s crook, she discovers that sheep might be too valuable to give up. What ensues is a funny, thoughtful romp through the history of our woolly friends, why small farms are important, and how each one of us - and the planet - would benefit from being very sheepish, indeed.
©2011 Catherine Friend (P)2014 Audible, Inc.
Science writer in America's heartland
"Sheepish" is the story of a city girl who falls in love and marries a farmer—and then falls in love with the farm. Her tale of raising sheep and learning to spin wool is touching and sometimes laugh-out-loud funny. Anyone who crafts with yarn will enjoy learning more about where wool comes from, and what farmers go through to bring it to us.
Great and inspiring memoir! Hilarious although a bit preachy on the wool end. I learned a lot about wool and would love to meet these preserving farmers. I resolve to be more sheepish in my life!
Thiss sequel has given me the heart to keep moving forward with our farm. The anecdotes, facts and opnions are a great blens of information. Thank you.
A lot of interesting stories. Sometimes feels like a series of essays than a memoir or story. The strongest parts are stories about farm life and history of sheep and wool. Weaker moments include Friend's solioquies on her Boomer inability to accept aging, and her frequent digs at "fiber freaks" and fiber arts in general as boring, pointless, silly and weird. I think that many of these digs are meant to be playful and all in fun but the narration makes her seem smug and superior and I found it off putting. It was hard for me to relate to her initial attitude towards things which seemed to be "I don't understand how to do that, it must be stupid" while at the same time she was disdainful of others who didn't immediately understand details of sheep husbandry and farm life. The dry narration style no doubt contributed to this impression.
I think this book was written out of quandary the author finds herself in. She is the assistant farmer... the farm was not her dream. But she loves someone who wants to farm... so she finds herself farming Sheep, ducks, chickens... and trying to figure out how to make it work in her own mind. It is funny. and I cheer as she finally gets fiber and fiber folks. I thank the author in that I also struggle with the how's and the why's of raising sheep. I come away with renewed purpose. Now if I can get my grumbling husband and sons to lend a hand without complaining.... I need another book.
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