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Posted: Saturday 9 October, 2010

by Rosemary at 8:25am in Sheep No comments Add your own

Dan and I had a couple of days away this week - mainly just to get a good wash. We stayed in a lovely hotel - The Crown, at Wetheral, near Carlisle. The food was delicious.

On the way down, we stopped in at Jackie and Dave Armstrong's Grindon Coloured Ryeland flock. We've bought two ewe lambs from Jackie, so we dropped the trailer off on Monday on our way to Wetheral, then picked it up, along with the lambs, on Thursday on our way home. Dave and Jackie are just lovely folk. If you fancy a self-catering break in the Northumberland National Park, they have two cottages that are just beautiful with wonderful views. They are very close to Hadrian's Wall.

Anyway, Niamh and Nova (not sure which is which yet) are safely home - I thought my sheep were tame, but Jackie's are so much tamer - these two are nearly on your lap. They are now out with our other females. I've sent off a worm test but neither look at all wormey - in fact, they look in rude good health!

Jackie had both a white and a coloured flock but lost them in the 2001 foot and mouth outbreak. When she restarted, she focussed on coloureds. She doesn't show her sheep and prefers to breed a smaller, blockier and woolier sheep rather than the larger, more commercial type that seems to be in favour now.

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