My trip to New York was fun, but also very educational. I was able to see breeds I am familiar with looking quite different than some of the lines here in the northeast. All sheep are beautiful if you ask me, but I eye is aways caught by the stocky, stout, old-style Romney.
I am very happy to have just purchased, Sprout, a beautiful Romney ewe from Louise and Stephen Hessert of Pleasant Valley Farm, here in Cumberland, Maine.
I have drooled over their beautiful Romneys for a few years now, and now am a very proud owner of one. Yesterday I brought Sprout home to our farm to live. This feels like a big step for me. As my old wether Joe ages, I have feared that I would not be able to find another like him. He is the old-style type as well, and his image was in a dream I had of the sheep that would graze the ridge behind my house. His fleece has always been a dream to spin and his disposition, a classic sweet Romney.
Sprout is much like Joe. The Hesserts were kind enough to breed Sprout to their handsome Guy Noir, a gorgeous ram, before she came to us. I am in heaven dreaming of those big, beautiful Romney lambs I will have in the spring!