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It had to be ewes…


We’re having unseasonable warmening around here this week. Sunny, low fifties (you have to poke extra buttons to make the BBC forecast tell you degrees Fahrenheit, but I make the effort). England is famous for its relentless rain and gray, but when it’s good, it’s heart-stoppingly fabulous.

I intended to be an good weasel and continue weeding the walk around the house — the place stood empty for some years and there’s shrubberies growing up between the slabs — but I’ve weeded my way around to the shady spots now. As my old mother used to say, “honey, get out in the sun more.” And she’s dead now, so her wishes are sacred.

I spent most of the day sitting in a lawn chair with a big cup of coffee, propped up with Uncle B’s best zoom lens watching wildlife. Some of the ewes in the neighborhood have dropped lamb already, but the ones in the fields around us haven’t yet. They time the lambing so it’s all staggered.

These ladies are from the field directly behind. They are sporting a fresh Brazilian bikini wax, so I’m guessing their time is about nigh. At least, I hope so.

When the neighbor’s sheep turn up with freshly shaved bottoms, you don’t like to ask.


Comment from Anonymous
Time: March 18, 2009, 10:55 pm

Sheep… Ro-Day-O style.

I give you <a href=”http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m61mP3rwIeg”> Mutton Bustin

OK I screwed that up.

Comment from Lipstick
Time: March 18, 2009, 11:05 pm

I was in New Zealand in January and the guide told us that they sheer the mothers shortly before they give birth. This is to encourage the mothers to seek shelter so their little lambs don’t freeze while mommy is all comfy in her coat.

Comment from Mrs. Hill
Time: March 19, 2009, 12:12 am

Poor wounded dignity — the one on the left looks especially affronted (and arrear-ed?).

Gosh, a whole field full of imminent lambings, and you’ve got a front row seat — lucky! (I didn’t get to breed for this year — !@#$%^&* drought!)

pfffft — so that’s how that goes! Our blacksmith was asking if we had a ram he could buy so his child could ‘train’ for the state fair — yeesh!

Here’s one back atcha (there’s a debate amongst my fellow trialists as to the degree of photoshoppery in this one):


Comment from Weasely
Time: March 19, 2009, 12:36 am

Grrh! Wish we were getting the scales tipping as well, away from the heat towards cooler temperatures. Stoats can’t handle the heat!

Comment from dfbaskwill
Time: March 19, 2009, 7:49 am

Don’t give any men ideas over there! (Brazilian sheep should be outlawed for sure.)

Comment from Knight who says \
Time: March 19, 2009, 10:18 am

Bring me a Shrubbery!

Comment from Knight who says “Ni!”
Time: March 19, 2009, 10:19 am

That should have read Knight who says “Ni!” It was right in the preview!??

Comment from bijou
Time: March 19, 2009, 5:21 pm

At least you can still get (human) Brazilian wax jobs in England, they are soon to be illegal in New Jersey.

Comment from scubafreak
Time: March 19, 2009, 6:37 pm

LOL…. Hey, Stoatie! Saw ya on Fox news! You looked GOOD!!

http ://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Yd0Krz3q9k&feature=player_embedded

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: March 19, 2009, 6:40 pm

Ha! Scuba! How you been? How’s my cat?

Comment from scubafreak
Time: March 19, 2009, 6:54 pm

Getting ornerier by the day. My grandmother just passed away, so I inherited her Japanese Chin dog, name of Buddy. They like to wrastle around after dinner..

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: March 19, 2009, 7:02 pm

Oh, dear. Sorry for your grandmother.

Is this a good wrastle, or a bad wrastle?

Comment from scubafreak
Time: March 19, 2009, 7:09 pm

Thanks. Been a while comming, but sad nonetheless. She was a strong willed woman, and fought for 3 days after the doc said she should have passed……

They seem to enjoy it most of the time. Problem is that the big dogs like to horn in and break it up. They can’t stand not being the center of attention…..

Comment from Chef Mojo
Time: March 19, 2009, 7:20 pm

Errrm. Lambs is good eatin’.

Comment from MCPO Airdale
Time: March 19, 2009, 7:30 pm

Ram on give your heart to somebody
soon right away, right away
Ram on give your heart to somebody
soon right away, right away

Ram on give your heart to somebody

– Paul McCartney

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