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Sheep and donkeys are definitely the most Biblical animals. MB mocks me regularly for contributing to the Donkey Sanctuary but I know that he enjoyed yesterday's excursion to the annual Maryland Wool and Sheep Festival in a most, er, professional way. (Especially given that his family is gradually divesting the household of sheep.) mokey4 was kind enough to take us and we had a great time.

There was more than just sheep; we probably spent more time wandering around the vast exhibition halls with all the varieties of spinning machines, wool, and all the different products that are derived from sheep and other cuddly animals (there were some random rabbits, alpacas, goats, and llamas in attendance as well).

Maybe we are really hardcore development geeks, but Danielle, MB, and I talked about how great it would be to bring over the African artisans and cooperatives we knew to see an event like this. It's not like they can't do it; they've just never seen it done, especially in terms of marketing, packaging, and presentation. It was quite a contrast with SIAO, the monstrous West African craft festival held every two years in Burkina Faso, where many vendors had identical goods sloppily displayed.
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