A visit to the Zwartbles
There was a lot of excitement last weekend for our first ever trip to meet some Zwartbles!
A local Zwartbles owner called Judy kindly invited me, and my 2 oldest lambs, for a visit to her flock. We were super excited to meet these stunning sheep...and we weren't disappointed.
Despite all the research I have carried out on the breed for our range of oxidised silver Zwartbles jewellery, they were quite different in real life. They were much larger than I had imagined and don't get me started on those fleeces...wow, super thick and soft.
The rams were extremely friendly and one called Arthur was happy to munch on some carrots we brought as a treat. The ewes were so delicate and inquisitive, though understandably a little skitterish in the face of my boisterous companions!
I chose to make the Zwartbles range due to the numerous requests I received to create this type of jewellery. I was immediately drawn to their striking markings, but now I have been totally won over by their delightful temperament.
Judy has promised a return visit to see her lambs next year and we can't wait!
"Fresh Fleeces is a company specialising in handmade silver jewellery based on sheep and other countryside animals. Based in Northern Ireland, our team of talented silversmiths make the entire Fresh Fleeces range of jewellery by hand. Our jewellery is the perfect sheep gift for someone special. We offer insured delivery as standard and ship orders worldwide."
- AVRIL WILKINS