Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Sheep Shearing Festival

On Sunday I traveled to Cherry Valley with members of the El Segundo Slipt Stitchers to attend the Sheep Shearing Festival at the Highland Springs Resort. Thanks to Nancy Livingstone for organizing our event and to Peggy Avellar and Ann Wicker for giving Nancy a hand!
President Peggy and Bus Driver Donna

About 30 of us met at 9 am at the Joslyn Center in El Segundo to board the bus, expertly driven by Bus Driver Donna. Approximately 1-1/2 hours later we were bumping along the country road to the Highland Springs Resort. The sun was shining and the weather was perfect. Cherry Valley is a beautiful area. The Resort offers lavender fields, hiking trails, a rustic lodge with restaurant facilities, cottages, various events throughout the year, goats and SHEEP!
Sheep Shearing Festival Vendors

The Festival was set up near the lavender fields. There were vendors selling yarn, fleece, soaps made from goat milk and all sorts of crafts. We had opportunities to watch natural dye demonstrations, wool processing, hand spinning, live sheep shearing and skirting of fleeces. A few of us ventured into the sheep pen for sheep feeding too.
Many of us explored the grounds of the resort on our way up to lunch. The grounds are lovely. There is a rustic pool, jacuzzi and spa facilities, along with various motel and cottage areas. The lodge has a gift shop that sells lavender products and olive oil sourced from the Resort grounds. 
Cottages at The Highland Springs Resort

We enjoyed a leisurely brunch and then ambled back to the Festival to see the last of the sheep being sheared.
We had lots of laughs and CHOCOLATE on the bus ride home. It was a perfect blend of fresh air, adorable sheep and comradery with my El Segundo Slipt Stitchers.
The El Segundo Slipt Stitchers
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