“In order to be an immaculate member of a flock of sheep, one must above all be a sheep oneself.” – Albert Einstein
I’m in love. With the most beautiful, friendly looking sheep you can think of. What’s so special about a sheep? When you travel England and Ireland, you see pretty white sheep on green meadows everywhere and, of course, we saw very many in the Lake District, including a few sinister ones. A scary experience – we learned to run and fly quickly! 🙂
A sheep of the Herdwick breed is different; the most hardy of all Britain’s breeds of hill sheep is the cutest thing I’ve ever seen. 95% of all 50,000 or so Herdwicks live within 14 miles of Coniston, Cumbria, most likely to be seen in and around the Duddon valley, the Coniston fells, the Buttermere fells and, through Borrowdale or Wasdale, up to the highest land in England, the Scafells. Look out for them when you go the Lakes!
These ones are so friendly looking, just watching them puts a big smile on my face. 🙂 The bookfairies and myself would love to have two of them in the garden and we’d name them Siri & Selmar, of course! 🙂
Beatrix Potter must have felt exactly the same when she met this very rare breed! The children’s author lived in Hill Top, a truly beautiful place with a magic house. That’s where we met this handsome sheep, by the way. B. Potter was very involved with keeping and breeding Herdwicks, even acting as president of the breed association for a time.
Herdwick lambs are born black, and after a year they lighten to a dark brown colour. The fleece is not easily dyed, and is coarse, and so is best suited to use as carpet wool. The lamb and mutton has a very distinct taste, and was even eaten at Queen Elizabeth II’s 1953 coronation banquet. Cheers! Enjoy your weekend, everybody.