mardi 21 décembre 2010

Gilles Delorme

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LINK  Yesterday in my inbox was a mail sent to a yahoo group with over 700 members. It was from the owner of the forum list Gilles Delorme. He has made the decision to close the list due to ill health. His website (above) on the ouessant sheep was entirely responsible for getting me hooked on this little breed of sheep. One of the early pioneers of the breed and at a  time when the internet was still very much in its early days. He created a website and filled it to the brim with all conceivable aspects of owning ouessants, from their history, to their care and so much more at the time there was pratically nothing on the internet about this breed.Not only that but the convenience of generating a website was very much in its infancy. The blog explosion with its simplistic  integral software was nowhere in sight. Even today with the site now effectively mothballed there is much of interest to take from this site. I would like to say a public Thank you to a man who was in a very great part largely responsible in his own way for saving the breed. Without people prepared to embrace  engagement with a wider audience there is no doubt this breed would have likely languished in obscurity

A hearfelt wish that Gilles is able to enjoy a long and healthy retirement from the world of ouessants, we owe you much and wish you well.

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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