... As a Shearer:
I've been shearing for a couple of years and love it! Shepherds have asked me incredulously why, since it's hard work and the sheep don't thank you. (Think: giving a haircut to a 200 lb. rebellious toddler.) I honestly don't have a good answer for that. I like sheep, and I like making them look so much cleaner and neater with their new haircut. Plus I've never liked exercise for its own sake, so I'd rather spend an hour wrestling sheep and have something to show for it (clean sheep, nice useful fleece) than spend that same hour on, say, a treadmill.
...As a History Nut:
I have too many hobbies. A lot of them center around the fiber arts. I spin, weave, dye, shear sheep, etc. etc. I also have more hearth cooking experience than on a modern stovetop, studied the Anglo-Saxon language in college (why not?), lived and studied in Egypt, and tried all manner of historical skills including calligraphy, soapmaking, perfumery, blacksmithing, pewter casting, and sewing historic reproduction clothing.
The periods I focus my research on are:
- Ancient Egypt
- 14th Century England
- 18th & 19th Century America