samedi 1 juin 2013


There are times when your senses are so tuned in to another that you are as aware of their body as you are of your own. The other evening I was priviledged to share one of those moments. As Lodicia listened intently  to her body in the throws of labour, the calm still evening and the dimly lit surroundings only served to intensify that focus. We shared that moment before her lamb was born, afterwards, exhaustion, elation, all those emotions that new life brings with them but the joy of Lodicias lambing was in touching the intangible and knowing that she felt it too.

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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