Wednesday, February 24, 2010

If Sheep Could Choose

The wind is growling like a cat with a mouse he does not want to share, the snow gates down south are already closed, and the snow is still coming down hard. I need a little diversion, so here's a wee story for a snowy day. When I first saw wool on the barbed wire, it looked like prayer flags to me. I even wrote a bit of poetry about it. Since then I have learned more about it. It can be a sign of fences in need of repair. And I am friends now with a woman who as a child collected the wool on the fence--wool gathering as it was meant to be--back when the Brora mill was still working and the price of wool made it worth collecting off the wire. Knowing that now makes me a wee bit sad when I see the wool on the wire--a different kind of prayer flag, or maybe just a different prayer.

This morning as I walked beside the field with Shaun the sheep and his large family, I wondered what colour wool sheep would pick if they had their choice.

I asked Shaun and his pals, but they were too busy to complete the survey, so I made a guess at what the fence would look like if they could choose. I just happened to have a handful of dyed merino wool tops in my pocket--my own particular brand of wool gathering.


At 9:04 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


At 4:02 PM, Blogger The Curmudgeon said...

The horse of a different color has his counterparts among the sheep, I see.

At 7:49 AM, Blogger landgirl said...

Oh, Cur, I thought that was a wee joke that you'd enjoy. I recently re-watched Wizard of Oz and enjoyed the horse of a different colour. Do you recall how they did that? Was the poor horse painted for that?

At 7:15 PM, Blogger Ruan Peat said...

the poor horse was several and they changed horses between shots, if you watch they even change breed :-) which as a horsey child amused me no end, and helped keep the scarey city more normal. I love the coloured wool I may try a bit round our way too :-) see if any one notices..., I got all my felting out and then put it away again when I decided it was too cold yet to work in the shed! and I had art homework to do still... hope to make a nice felted hat maybe, must try something new or I may get boring :-D

At 8:08 PM, Blogger landgirl said...

Ruan, very hard to imagine you being boring by any stretch of the imagination! But I know what you mean about being too cold for felting! I have lots of stuff from Joanne for felting and also silk and cellulose for silk papermaking. We have tentatively scheduled felting for October and silk papermaking for Movenber--pre Chrsitmas and pre Christmas sale and making wee Christmas ornaments on second day of 2 day workshop.

At 11:59 PM, Blogger Hayden said...

lovely. I'll never again see a bit of wool on a fence without thinking of you, and will - what else - do a bit of 'wool gathering.'


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