Post #368

Cheep cheep, baaaa

13th April 2004, late evening | Comments (26)

Spring is most definitely in the air, and as much as I’m looking forward to San Francisco (only ten days to go now) it’s going to be quite hard to leave the countryside and head to a city just as nature gets its groove on.

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  1. JP:

    Cheep cheep, baaaa? Isn't that the start of a joke...?

    Posted 13 minutes after the fact
  2. Daniel:

    "The sheep were getting ready for the big match" :)
    ...and nice pictures too.

    Posted 18 minutes after the fact
  3. Jennifer Grucza:

    Lovely pictures. It's a bit strange to see the blue numbers on the sheep, though. :)

    Posted 33 minutes after the fact
    Inspired: ↓ Jon Hicks
  4. Rowen:

    Hmm, I think it's supposed to be a gamboling lamb.. a gambling lamb is something we don't want to encourage in our young livestock :)

    Posted 58 minutes after the fact
  5. Rahul:

    Re. topic: You're a weirdo, Dunstan.
    Re. pics: I still want to exchange environments with you, Dunstan.

    P.S. Cookies! Again! Gone! Augh!

    Posted 1 hour, 16 minutes after the fact
  6. Jon Hicks:

    Jennifer - animal graffitti is becoming a real problem in rural England. Creatures as diverse as cows and owls have been known to be vandalised in this shocking manner. What's more, they seem to be using biros instead of spray paint, causing untold discomfort to the animal involved.

    Posted 1 hour, 22 minutes after the fact
    Inspired by: ↑ Jennifer Grucza
    Inspired: ↓ DarkBlue, ↓ Dunstan
  7. DarkBlue:

    "animal graffiti"!!! Good one Jon, I like it. I'm still waiting to see my first sheep with "Gouranga" spray painted on it.

    Dunstan, photographs of the flowers and funghi are stunning. Well done.

    Posted 1 hour, 29 minutes after the fact
    Inspired by: ↑ Jon Hicks
    Inspired: ↓ Jon Hicks
  8. Dunstan:

    I'm glad Jon has picked up on that. I'd like to state here and now that anyone caught writing with a biro on any of our animals is going to get a good kicking. If you want to scribble on something with a Bic then use the palm of your hand, or the side of a bus stop, that's what they're for.

    Last year some day-tripping scousers cornered a Tamworth Pig in our top field and Tipex'd 'LIVERPOOL FC' all over it. Both we and the pig were quite distraught.

    Posted 1 hour, 33 minutes after the fact
    Inspired by: ↑ Jon Hicks
    Inspired: ↓ Jon Hicks, ↓ Matt
  9. Jon Hicks:

    I've not seen 'Gouranga' or any football related scrawl yet, but last week I did see a Wessex Saddleback Pig with 'Thank God for Jesus' written in felt tip.

    Posted 1 hour, 37 minutes after the fact
    Inspired by: ↑ DarkBlue, ↑ Dunstan
    Inspired: ↓ Dunstan, ↓ Phil Baines
  10. Dunstan:

    Maybe it was a sign? Like those patches of rising damp people find and claim is the spitting image of Jesus, or a sugar cube that looks like Muhammad from a certain angle, in the right light.

    Maybe they're getting tired of 'subtle' up there?

    Posted 1 hour, 44 minutes after the fact
    Inspired by: ↑ Jon Hicks
    Inspired: ↓ David Barrett
  11. Phil Baines:

    Well, we can't blaim that one on the Jews! They're not to fond of Pigs or Jesus.

    Posted 1 hour, 44 minutes after the fact
    Inspired by: ↑ Jon Hicks
  12. David Barrett:

    Tired of subtle? When's the last time there's been a good smiting, eh?

    Posted 1 hour, 58 minutes after the fact
    Inspired by: ↑ Dunstan
  13. Nicole:

    Haven't you across-the-pond-ers heard of ear tags? Sheesh. ;-)

    Posted 4 hours, 23 minutes after the fact
    Inspired: ↓ Dunstan
  14. Matt:

    I believe these people are known to the police. The Met are looking for 4 people after a group of permed youths were seen running from Hackney City Farm shouting "Ey ey ey. Caaaam it down!", leaving a total of 3 donkeys up on bricks with their trotters removed.

    And I think the betting is rigged, Dunstan. All those gambling lambs seem to have rolled [on] a five.

    ...I'll get my coat!


    Posted 11 hours, 26 minutes after the fact
    Inspired by: ↑ Dunstan
  15. Dunstan:

    I think we used to do ear tags, but when the lambs are born you have to spray them otherwise you can't tell who goes with what without catching everything and reading the tag.

    We also sprayed them to show if they'd been wormed, or had their feet done, or whatever (a coloured blob on their head, or back). When you have 100 sheep in a pen trying to remember which ones you've treated is a bit tricky without some kind of marking.

    That was always my job. Mum did the hard work, and I moped around with a spray can wishing I could be inside playing Chuckie Egg or watching Night Rider.

    Posted 12 hours, 12 minutes after the fact
    Inspired by: ↑ Nicole
    Inspired: ↓ Nicole
  16. Drew McLellan:

    Oooo Chuckie Egg - a classic. That and Killa Gorilla :)

    As for the gambling lamb, it's a lamb FOR gambling. The lambs are the chips - hence the numbers. Obvious.

    Posted 12 hours, 48 minutes after the fact
    Inspired: ↓ Matt
  17. Matt:

    Ah yes. Perhaps 2 competing shepherds have run of the field at the same time, and the dog that rounds up the highest score in 5 minutes wins? One Man and His Dog with added oomph.

    And regarding my previous comment. Donkeys obviously have hooves, not trotters (unless some strange interbreeding has been taking place).

    Posted 13 hours, 1 minute after the fact
    Inspired by: ↑ Drew McLellan
  18. Michael Heilemann:

    The company I work for is IO Interactive, IO in daily speech... Those sheep belong to us. Please hand them over.

    Posted 17 hours, 11 minutes after the fact
  19. Nicole:

    Well, now that I think about it...we always painted the number on the lambs as well -- with an extra little mark to indicate if the lamb was a twin or triplet (or, god forbid, quadruplet).

    But, alas, we sold all of our sheep a few years ago, so I'm glad to catch a few pics of gamboling lambs. :-)

    Posted 17 hours, 26 minutes after the fact
    Inspired by: ↑ Dunstan
  20. Theresa:

    Brings all new meaning to "counting sheep" :)

    Posted 17 hours, 31 minutes after the fact
  21. Kitta:

    I love the pictures of the Camellias, lovely flowers, I can't grow them here. The droughts always put an end to the pretty flowers.

    Posted 19 hours, 48 minutes after the fact
  22. Wahyu Wijanarko:

    Wow, nice and lovely pictures...

    Posted 1 day, 13 hours after the fact
  23. Rahul:

    Just posting something to demonstrate the awesomeness of the Dunstan Comment System (tm) to my coworker.

    Posted 1 day, 15 hours after the fact
    Inspired: ↓ Dunstan
  24. Dunstan:

    "Well, vive to that, and an eclair for both of us" :o)

    Posted 1 day, 16 hours after the fact
    Inspired by: ↑ Rahul
  25. Tony:

    Re. Sheep Graffiti: Up here in the North, we have a real problem with "The Pies, The Pies" being scrawled across them.

    Some lovely shots there, Dunstan.

    Posted 2 days, 19 hours after the fact
    Inspired: ↓ Sarah
  26. Sarah:

    PMSL at Tony's Pies comment

    More gin please.


    *returns in bewilderment to piccies of big-eared lambles*

    Posted 3 days, 1 hour after the fact
    Inspired by: ↑ Tony

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