Divine Ovine

Heaven is a gate over which you can lean to gaze at sheep. Unless, of course, you happen to be a sheep.

The Celt and I are in Wales. We are dogless, catless and fancy free for an oh-so-brief sojourn. We spend our time getting lost and being baffled by Welsh place-names. It takes us two hours to get where a Welshman would get in 30 minutes.

And we love getting lost. It has enabled us to draw some surprising conclusions about the denizens of the landscape, those sheep. For example: we observe that most fields of sheep have one black sheep in them. Why? And that it is indeed possible to have mixed fields of cows and sheep. The Celt is not happy with the density of sheep in the North Welsh fields – he feels it should be greater – but he wears his disgruntlement well as we tear down tiny Welsh lanes with no earthly idea where we are going, far away from the questionable salvation of the satnav and trying diligently to remember details from the Ordinance Survey map we downloaded this morning.

After we have spent the day careering about nowhere in particular we like to eat and then wander the nearby Welsh lanes in a non-specific sort of way, taking hundreds of pictures (thank you, digital photography) and talking rubbish and going oooh-aaaah at every turn in the lane. It is indescribably beautiful here, and at each gate we lean and gaze at sheep.

Which, I believe causes considerable consternation to them.

This is how a gaze goes: I stare and the two nearest sheep to the gate clock me. They put their heads up and I see their perfectly symmetrical attention, two 45 degree radar atop a large tea cosy on four twiglet legs. Their attention is intent and focused. I can feel their hearts beating.

Then, like wary accountants faced with an exuberant pothead, they move with stealth, one prudent hoof at a time. They wheel round to face the opposite direction and suddenly I am faced with not radar but a large tea-cosy bottom (ignore the legends about the predilections of their countrymen please. They have no place here.)

And they gravitate away, across the field. As they go they have discreet words with their colleagues and the whole herd strolls nonchalantly away from the mad lady leaning over the gate.

They don’t hold with me.

So we give up and go home, taking pictures of the silhouettes of trees against the sky, until it is dark and either cloudy or starry. When we go outside and have a jacuzzi in a tub with lights and bubbles.

And sheep on the other side of the fence.


15 thoughts on “Divine Ovine

    1. Moyalydia, I sort of did. Though I have changed it now…the Celt (a maths graduate from Manchester) and I have been talking about the mathematical nature of the way sheep move round the field, and whether there are any patterns to what they do. Apparently cows have friendship cows but do sheep have friendship sheep, or are they discrete? Beats me. Nevertheless I have plumped to take out the crowd baffler 😀

      1. Knit one and purl leisure! Where there is a wool there is a way!
        Did you know if you see a pair of young sheep you should never say, ‘Lambs two?’ What that sounds like upsets them.

  1. Enjoy your holiday.

    Sheep make lovely pets . . . until they don’t. If you bottle feed one and raise it to adulthood, never, but NEVER tell your children whereto she disappeared. 😦

  2. Wales is glorious. The sheep probably wish so many people didn’t visit, as it dampens their supremacy. Someone told me there are 3.65 sheep for every person in Wales, but in North Wales, I think it’s something like 10 sheep per person. Has to be, because they’re everywhere.

    If you go to Idris Stores in Corris, PLEASE say hi to Rob, Hazel, and Sharon from me. I miss them.

    OH! And TH Roberts in Dolgellau is DELICIOUS. Best cakes for miles.

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