|Inverted shepherd's crook|
Apparently the crook was a common motif on the local megaliths.
A shepherd in Croatia needed a dog and a crook to keep his flock under control in the snow near Jagodnjak.
|Croatian shepherd with his flock|
The Hungarian village of Ricse commemorated its shepherd in a statute but he just carried a stout staff and apparently had no dog.
In the early 1950s I had close encounters with sheep - well, with their fleeces at least. As a school holiday job with the Stamford firm of Central Wool Growers, initially at their Wothorpe plant and later in the new premises on Uffington Road.
Fleeces delivered from farms were examined and graded for quality by a Yorkshire man named Ben Waterhouse. He threw them into bins according to their breeds. Our gang of school boys then had to put them into bales and stamp them down with our feet.
Back then, my hands were the softest they have ever been due the effect of the lanolin in the wool.
A less pleasant job however was the baling of dags - the wool clippings from around a sheep's back end. My trouser legs had a very interesting smell - lanolin, and a ranker aroma which would keep any dogs away.
Now the nearest I get to sheep and lambs are those in a local field.
|A Spring 'creche'|
Seems a shame that soon it will be time for mint sauce.
Perhaps their mum will provide some protection -
before it's time for lamb chops.
Don't feel sheepish, please visit Sepia-Saturday-329. for alternative views - any black sheep out there I wonder?
- Inverted shepherd's crook; 26 May 2006 by Xyz11234, Public Domain
- Croation shepherd, 3 May 2009 by Ljabornir Damjanovic, CC BY-SA 3.0
- Shepherd Well, Ricse; 4 August 2007 by Ramirez Hun, Public Domain