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



The local sheep are looking a little bewildered

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What fleece they haven’t left hanging on the barbed wire has been shorn.

Close shave

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It’s not been that warm for the last few days, but I’m sure it must be more comfortable for them than staggering around under a weighty fleece.

Close shave 4



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.

8 thoughts on “Fleeced

  1. Wonderful shots, Uhdd. They look so fresh and clean with their new haircuts. What strikes me is the opposites – white body/black head, black body/white head. Well done!

  2. Uphill i once tried shearing and its a hard game. They dont get much money.
    Lots of New Zealand lads tour the world doing it.

    Its just a pity we dont make more use of our lovely wool.
    I think axminster carpets are our biggest user

  3. I know what it feels like when I have one of my infrequent haircuts! xx

  4. I like to see newly shorn sheep, they always look so clean and neat. It’s sad that their fleeces don’t even cover the cost of shearing though – there’s something very wrong with that.

  5. Reminds me of the old joke:

    ‘What do you get if you cross a sheep with a kangaroo’

    ‘A woolly jumper’. (Ugh).

  6. They must feel so liberated.
    And lighter.

  7. Someone should have shorn the lama we saw at a zoo in Wales over the holidays. Its fleece was dangling off it in ropes. Likewise the reindeer. Total mess! I guess it will all fall off them eventually, whereas this doesn’t seem to happen naturally to sheep. I wonder why.

  8. Fantastic shots. I’ll be heading to a farm in a few weeks, a Chinese farm, but a farm all the same.

    Great blog, I look forward to seeing more of it!

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