There are 3 children in the photo above, but the youngest boy is on the floor checking out the "treadle and footmen" in action. As a rule women and girls are facinated by the wool/spinning process. On the other hand, boys and men are enchanted by the spinning parts (the technical/mechnical aspects of the spinning wheel).
I spun lightly washed wool from a favourite old ewe "Sylvia" (named after our vet). I practised my long unsupported draw and after a few hours had a big bobbin of soft shiney Romney cross singles. Later at home, I spun a bobbin of Corriedale/Rambouillet to ply with the Romney. I dyed the skeins today and call this colorway "Cranberry Bog" (the moss green looks washed out in this photo).
A note about shearing: We got ready last week for shearers. In the night the older ewes got outside and there was a big snow storm. Of course, they were covered in snow and wet so shearing had to be cancelled. We hope the shearer will be able to come back this way in the next few months. How fortunate the sheep were to be still wearing their winter coats, when the weather changed for the worst and the temperatures dropped to -20c and -30c.