When have you ever seen a family of sheep? A father, mother and child? I never have. Sheep are denied this, and these three were unique, true rebels. I was the other side of the stream and I looked up to see them, the adults staring at us, the mother with the most intensity, the lamb carefree, milling about beside them. It was like seeing a unicorn. Their presence was very powerful, a different energy than I’ve ever felt. They came closer and watched us from their vantage point and then Dan crossed the stream and they vanished into the undergrowth. They had escaped from a farm into the nature reserve, a boggy, bramble tangled patch of land dense with oak saplings and trees, a haven for wildlife. It looks like the pair escaped and had a family there, which is so incredibly moving. We didn’t see them again, but I have not stopped thinking about them for long and I feel more alive than I did, more creative. Recently I have been quite low, at times extremely sad as difficult things to come to terms with hit me in a tidal wave of emotion, and this experience picked me up and made me feel connected to the world in a way that I could not have anticipated. It may sound OTT but it’s true, this family of sheep touched me in a profound way.
The nearby area was full of sheep of breeds I had never seen, it was quite amazing, each with such a distinct character and presence. This ewe was extraordinary looking, her horns like a double unicorn horn. Two beautiful shaggy lambs forced a moment for a feed and then she strutted on, so plucky, the lambs trotting by her side, away from us.
The week began with Dan rescuing a ewe.
We saw her standing by a wall in an enclosed wooded area, staring at us oddly not running off, which they usually do. That’s what I love about sheep, they’re happiest in the wild away from people, wild and free. She must have escaped into there. After standing with us a while she walked off and attempted to jump a nearby man-made water channel, fell in and was too weak to get out. Dan saw a dead lamb in the water with her. It could have been hers, and she had stayed by it for days and was near exhaustion though I think she was old, certainly very thin. She allowed Dan to lift her out (he was such a hero) and stumbled off, at the cold end of the day. We felt she was going to find a place to die. That’s life, and to die in the wild has some dignity. Perhaps she will have found her way back to the herd, if that was her wish, dear creature ♥
These sheep were another breed new to me, and quite unique in their look and manner. They watched us as we walked past in their field, we had to scramble over a barbed wire fence to get there so perhaps they were unused to random two-legs! Dan was ahead waiting for me (rolling his eyes no doubt at yet another photo stop). I stopped, and the sheep and I looked at each other for a while, and then as I walked on downhill everything fell out of my bag (the zip’s dodgy…) which was quite funny, to be observed being so ridiculous! I had earlier on fallen over in the mud too (and nearly got sucked into a bog) a particular disaster for me with my hands (I was out of action completely for days and am still feeling it). I was a hot and bothered painful state, buoyed on by adrenaline and the wonderful beauty and interest all around me, and nothing was going to stop me taking those pictures, which is the joy of a small lightweight digital camera! I absorb what is happening around me face to face and I appreciate its beauty with my camera too, consciously trying not to let the camera become my eyes though I love it so. You do have to really be there not just peering through a lens.
And that’s just it, today’s motivation is that however you may feel, nature is so uplifting, so alive, out there waiting to feed and nourish you, to teach you, to envelop you with its great story. I have realised that I have a growing and deep love for sheep. For all creatures, I have always been an animal
mad (sane) person. But this week has certainly been a time for sheep to reveal themselves to me and I’m completely smitten! I feel some sheep portraits coming on!
Get motivated to go on a ramble and see what ewe can see!
what stories will unfold ? I’d love to hear about your wild adventures, and even in the city, plants and creatures are everywhere! x x
MUSIC TO LIFT YOU UP AND FEED YOUR SOUL! John Williams performing Joaqin Rodrigo Concierto de Aranjuez