Silk Creek Farm and I went out to help Bil and Julia (seen in this photo, along with the newly sheared Atom). This is the second year for shearing and I was excited to see how much we had all remembered and of course, to see all the alpacas.
Our shearer, 'Fast' Eddie, was scheduled to arrive between 12 and 1. As Bil refers to it, we were all in Cable Repairman Mindset and figured he would get there closer to 1. I gave a midterm in my big class and had planned to get there around 12:30, but at 11:00 one of my grad students, Jennifer, said "we'll finish this up...why don't you go out to the alpacas?" So I did, and arrived at the farm around 11:40. Who was arriving at the same time? Fast Eddie. And when he's ready to start, he's ready to start. So when we started, we were a small group of helpers: me, Bil, Julia, and Bil and Julia' beautiful daughter Georgia. Luckily Eddie had an assistant, so we managed pretty well. One of the most challenging things was getting the alpacas where we wanted them when we wanted them. In this picture, Bil and Julia are trying to get Atom to leave the shearing area and go enjoy some brief sunshine.