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Tue 19-Nov-13
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Toffeeapple
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Ooh, Steve, you are so right!  Well done for remembering.

I'll try that again!

Wed 20-Nov-13
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The Liquineer said
Shepherds probably not to helpful either- one I knew told me the only thing sheep are good at is dying- apparantly they can drop dead with no known cause.

our landlord used to put sheep in the field behind our cottage, and when I told him that one of the sheep seemed to be lame, he said a sheep lot in life is to be lame. So this is obviously very common.

 

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Wed 20-Nov-13
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Scald and footrot are a great problem, especially in the U.K. I believe they do have a vaccine against footrot now but it is expensive.

As for sheep dying, I love the cartoon books that were written by Henry Brewis. He was so "dead" on target with all his animal obsevations.

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Renee, your pics remind me of paintings by Joseph Farquharson, particularly Glowed with Tints of Evening Hours and The Sun has Closed the Winters Day.

I have googled Joseph Farquharson -I see what you mean 

Thu 21-Nov-13
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Lovely pics Renee, but sorry no sheep experience at all...apart from eating them

Thu 21-Nov-13
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wave  I am usually surrounded by sheep here!!!  

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Thu 21-Nov-13
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They are the reason I left Wales! 

I'll try that again!

Thu 21-Nov-13
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I heard that in some of those isolated valley towns and villages they are the main competition for some of the woman folk, but being a city slicker and a Welsh cockney down here in Cardiff I couldn't possibly comment.whistlewinkwhistle

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Thu 21-Nov-13
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For which I am grateful!

They used to get into the gardens and eat everything in sight and knock the lids off the metal bins making a racket in the mornings.  They freeranged until shearing and were a damn nuisance.

I'll try that again!

Thu 21-Nov-13
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Did you ever take advantage of the abundance of lamb on your doorstep TA?

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Thu 21-Nov-13
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Not really Steve, there wasn't much money in our household so it would always be a bit of scrag-end of neck if it was lamb on the menu but it was more  likely to be pigeon or rabbit, always free. Chicken was once a year, for Christmas.  Eggs and fish made up the rest of the offerings.

I'll try that again!

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Didn't your father ever try and catch one?

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Toffeeapple said
Not really Steve, there wasn't much money in our household so it would always be a bit of scrag-end of neck if it was lamb on the menu but it was more  likely to be pigeon or rabbit, always free. Chicken was once a year, for Christmas.  Eggs and fish made up the rest of the offerings.

Oh my Auntie Cis always wanted rabbit when she came from Donny to visit us. We didn't eat much rabbit after myxomatosis came to the country. One day my Dad, who was always joking, said to her (after she had eaten)"we could'nt catch a rabbit but the neighbour wanted rid of his cat so we just chopped of it's tail. I knew you wouldn't tell any difference." My Mam was furious but Auntie Cis never asked for rabbit again

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Toffeeapple said
They are the reason I left Wales! 

I can remember when I was about 12 we went on a camping holiday in Wales and woke up in the morning to find the tent surrounded by sheep. Just as well their weren't cows I am terrified of cows.

 

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Steve said
Didn't your father ever try and catch one?

No, the poor man could hardly breathe after working years underground.

Your poor Aunty, Renee!

I'm not over keen on cows either Eileen.

I'll try that again!

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