Some of the tasks of the crofting year are still carried out on a communal basis. Gathering the sheep for shearing is one of those. Most of the sheep have been on the croft land, but after shearing in early Summer, they go up onto the common grazing land - the hilly terrain that surrounds the flatter low lying croft. The sheep were brought in to the fank by various means - herded by dogs, or quad bikes, or driven in trailers. Our two were herded into a corner of our feild by a neighbour's dog, and brought along in a trailer.
The next morning, John got going with the shears - much encouragement and gentle leg pulling came his way - all in Gaelic, of course, but he soldiered on and soon completed the shearing of Maddie Mor.
Then it was Maddie Beag's turn - she is much much harder to catch and hold - and photograph
But in the end - she also wears the red dot . Look at her giving us a twirl there!
James was there to watch and learn too - he feels pretty confident he says.
And there are the girls waiting for their holiday transport to depart. See you at dipping time!
Although we did spot Maddie Mor having a wee sunbathe on the lower slopes the other day.