mercredi 11 juillet 2007

looking good



I've been keeping an eye on this years lambs and looking at them quite hopefully. I think they are coming on nicely, heres a pic of Squeak that I took this evening. Shes nearly three months old Bella looks as if she will be smaller quite petite but tonight she wouldn't play ball and let me get a decent photo of her. Beau is looking pretty good too, for the first time in ages the weather was actually warm, calm and sunny a favourite time for me to commune with the sheep is after a long day at work when the weather is still warm and the sun is low in the sky, everything seems so peaceful. The sheep are relaxed although the lambs often skip and frolic a round. Hopefully if the summer ever arrives I'll have time to get some more pics of the babies it will be good to compare them as they grow.
I must really find time and a dry day! to give the sheep the once over and finish tagging them, it seems there is always something that needs doing!

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The Ouessant Sheep originates from the island of Ouessant, part of a tiny archipelago just off the north coast of Finistere, Brittany. The island of terror as it was known to some, was swept by the full force of the atlantic’s weather, the hardy sheep adapted to survive on poor grazing from salty clifftop meadows. It was the women of the island that raised the sheep, renowned for their black wool to weave into cloth known locally as berlinge and their meat with its sweet and delicate taste.

La race "Mouton d'Ouessant" est originaire de l’île d’’Ouessant qui fait parti d’un petit archipel au large du Finistère, Bretagne. L’île de l'épouvante comme c'était connu par certains était balayé par les intempéries de l’atlantique, ces moutons rustiques s'adaptaient à survivre sur les pâturages pauvres des falaises salées. C’était les femmes de l’île qui élevaient les moutons réputés pour leur laine noire à tisser « la berlinge » une étoffe régionale et leur viande avec un goût doux et délicat.

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