And dream of sheep

sheep 1

Usually it’s goats that we see grazing along the road when we leave our afternoon Pilates class, but this week it was a flock of sheep.

sheep 2

Really cute sheep, too. I’ve no idea what breed this is, but they’re distinctive. And, there was a lamb among them.

sheep 3

The lamb was fully convinced that the shepherd had something to offer, and was quite insistent about staying right between his legs. It was impossible not to stop and smile. We asked the shepherd’s permission to take photos, and he nodded and waved as he disentangled himself from his adoring lamb and moved on down the hill. We turned the opposite way, driving past the orange orchard (which had just been picked) and to our favorite bakery for our biweekly loaf of fresh bread.

And suddenly, I am craving sheep cheese with my bread….


About Fletcher DeLancey

Socialist heathen and Mac-using author of the Chronicles of Alsea, who enjoys pondering science, politics, well-honed satire (though sarcastic humor can work, too) and all things geeky.
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5 Responses to And dream of sheep

  1. Power Wench says:

    Memories! My grandfather raised sheep, and almost every year there would be one lamb whose mother spurned it. Usually he would use guile to get another ewe who’d lost her own lamb to accept the orphan, but one year there was a weak little one born whose mother ignored it in favor of her stronger twin, and no available foster mother. So Grandpa brought the lamb to the house where he spent his first week living in a box by the wood stove and Grandma fed him from a bottle. After that the lamb was thoroughly imprinted on people and would follow my grandparents around like a dog. He would play chase games with us kids too, which we found completely charming. Doubtless the “adoring” lamb you saw was a similar case, and it was hungry!

  2. So… I’m guessing I should not speak about how yummy are Portuguese lamb dishes, right? ]:)

    (Thinking of Assado de Borrego or Borrego Estufado.)

    • Power Wench says:

      Not so! I would love to try the yummy Portuguese lamb dishes! Just no eyeballs or brains, please. 🙂

      • oregon expat says:

        I think the eyeballs/brains are goat dishes, not lamb…

        How about salads made from pig’s ears? Those are easier to find; the goat eyeballs/brains are more of a delicacy. 😉

      • Lilaine says:

        Any lamb dish is yummy in my book(cookbook, of course!). 😀
        I remember eating lamb brains as a kid: Mom said it was good for us…Ha! See the result? 😉
        And kid dishes are very good, too(said the ogre…) 😮

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