mercredi 20 janvier 2010


Every now and then you come across a little piece of history. This flock of ouessants is one of the rare flocks that have remained in the same family for generations, in this case for over 70 years.
Their provenance is impeccable, they have been kept at Kerdaniel, essentially as a closed flock since before the second world war. On my last visit to them this weekend I came away with a couple of new additions for my flock here, to add to those I have already taken home from my previous visit. They are currently still in quarantine so you'll have to wait a little longer to see what I got!
The location is steeped in history, from the entrance, through what was originally a drawbridge and ditch fortifications surrounding the main living quarters, the site has been occupied since the middle ages with parts of the existing residence dating back to the fifteenth century. Classically french, a tall, imposing yet elegant residence complete with tower, set in a gravelled courtyard.
Keeping the ouessants around the lake and out on the lawn makes perfect sense, what better and more picturesque way to keep the grass down. The still, quiet, misty morning set off perfectly the flock as they made their way back to one of the fields.

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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