vendredi 6 juin 2008

GEMO 20th Annual Competition Ouessant Sheep

Hosted this year by the living museum La Maison des Vieux Metiers Vivant at Argol in dept 29 Sunday 21st September. This tiny commune has a total of 802 inhabitants and yet as much as they seem to cherish the old ways and crafts they have their own website. Its FAB

Take a tour around the attractions you may like to visit another time but why not drop by on the 21st the Museum is open from 2.00pm
The Breed society GEMO judging of the Ouessants will start at the same time ( well roughly, you know how time keeping is in this part of the world!) You will be able to see the ouessants meet the breeders and owners and watch the judging as well as view the rest of the museum or make it a day out. Argol's website lists a whole host of attractions in the area so there is plenty to keep you occupied.

We look forward to seeing you there, to having a good day out and lets hope the weather for once this summer is good!

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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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