Watching nature take its course, from the top of a hill in northern England

Black Sheep


Spring is just about here, see

Black lamb

A very new lamb with its sibling

Feeding time 1

Looking and finding lunch

Feeding time 2

On the subject of black sheep I can heartily recommend a swift half (or two) of Black Sheep Ale be it Black Sheep or

Riggwelter, I not fussed they are both very tasty. (A riggwelter by the way refers to a sheep that gets

stuck on its back and cant’ get up without help, its a Yorkshire dialect word and comes from an old Norse word meaning Rygg – black, velte – to overturn.

And for another sign of spring, try this, (although I am not sure how it got in the living room.) please be reassured the photographs in this post are not on the same scale.


Author: uphilldowndale

Watching the rhythm of rural life, from the top of a hill in northern England. Having spent most of my life avoiding writing, I now need to do it! I am no domestic goddess, but if I were expecting visitors to my home, I would whisk round with the duster and plump up the cushions and generally make the place look presentable. I hope that by putting my words where others may see them it will encourage me to ‘tidy up and push the Hoover around’ my writing. On the other hand I may just be adding to the compost heap. Only time will tell! Pull up a chair, sit yourself down, I’ll put the kettle on.

11 thoughts on “Black Sheep

  1. Now you’re scaring me. That fly looks almost as large as the Michigan mosquito that buzzed me the other night. (We’ve had more sleet, so the monsters are at bay for the moment.) Those lambs, now, they look warm and lovely.

  2. oh, oh, the little black lamb! I want it!

  3. Now here’s the thing. I used to live in Detroit, which is quite possibly the only city in the US to look south across the river to Canada. One of the joys of living in Detroit was CBC-TV Channel 9 – and (I blush) Coronation Street. I loved the characters turning up in the “local” and ordering a “pint of best bitter, please.” While, like Juliet, I do want the little black lamb, I find myself even more drawn to the Black Sheep Ale . . .

  4. That little black lamb is adorable. I can’t say the same for the fly (or whatever that is). Glad to know it’s not to scale. 🙂

  5. If you like Black Sheep ale, you’d absolutely love our local brew – Pen Lon Cotaage Ales are simply heavenly. Ironically they’re also named after sheep, such as ‘Tipsy Tup’; ‘Ramnesia’; ‘Lamb’s Gold’, ‘Ewe’s Frolic’, ‘Stock Ram’ etc etc. They have won lots of awards & since trying these ales my husband won’t drink anything else (unless he has to!) – not even good old Black Sheep; & that’s really saying summat as it’s top stuff!

    On the subject of lambs, we have a cade lamb who almost died after being rejected by his Mum, living with us in the house; along with a goat kid who was also rejected but then her Mum’s as mad as a box of frogs (in fact the doe’s name IS Frog!).

    Meanwhile I’m also feeding seventeen kids in the Nursery pen – with more due in there as the goats are on Phase Two kidding. Believe me, they may look cute, but it’s incredibly hard work….feeding that lot alone, takes four hours a day!

    What sort of camera do you use, BTW? You take some amazing, wonderful photos.

    Incidentally after being tagged by Fiona @ ‘Cottage Smallholder’ I have in turn tagged you for a meme (see my LittleFfarm Dairy post entitled ‘Playing Tag’ on 07 Apr 08)- & put you on as a ‘must-read’ Blog. Hope you don’t mind – & will tag along…..!

    Cheers aye,

    Jo + LittleFfarm Dairy menagerie.

  6. UHDD,

    As you can see from my sidebar on my main blog, black sheep ale is a personal favourite. But the winner for cracking names must be this.

  7. Thanks Jo, the camera is a Canon EOS 400D, I’ll take a look at the post. McNoddy,is this a new you, a new identity? That beer sounds a cracker, all this talk of strange brews is getting me all nostalgic, for when ‘bobsmum’ and I set about trying every beer in Europe that we possibly could, we got as far as Hungary and Czechoslovakia on our quest, but that’s a long time ago now, when I had to worry less about the effect of the alcohol content and the calorific value than I do now.*Sigh*

  8. You’re making me feel guilty for squishing a bee yesterday. It was hiding in the shed lock and I didn’t see it until it buzzed in pain (do bees feel pain? It sounded like it did).

    Anyway, re beer names. I like Snecklifter. For the name and the yumminess.

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  10. oooooohh those lambs are so adorable!!!!!!!!!!!!

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