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Thursday, December 5, 2013

A Thousand sheep had disappeared




Lucky for the Owner 



All Thousand found their way into one of our pastures. 





Yesterday morning was very cold.  It was still dark.  The sheep were covered with snow when I found them. 
It was minus 22 degrees Fahrenheit this morning, that is minus 30 degrees Celsius.   





Their thick coats kept them warm. 






 I didn't want to get too close.  I didn't know if they had their big Australian sheepdogs with them.  The big ram already had his eyes one me even though it was still quite dark.  






The sheep were only a field away from our house.  We had gone for a walk with the dogs the day before and left one of the gates open.  They found the opening, and thank goodness, not the frozen pond.  






Later in the morning the sheep were moved to our northern pasture where they have more feed and will, in a couple of days, be loaded up into trucks and taken to the Desert Country where they will winter over.  





Now everyone is happy. The sheep are safe.  The Farmer is relieved and I'm back in my warm house.  

Have a warm and cozy remainder of the week my dear Friends. 

Gina 


29 comments:

  1. Glad the sheep are all safe Gina - yours is the third blog I have seen with snow this week - the other two were in Switzerland and Finland.
    No snow for us at the moment although is feeling a bit colder.

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    1. Dear Rosemary, The sheep are now on their way to warmer pastures. We have had more snow and more is predicted for tomorrow and the next day. The cold is formidable. Maybe the sun will come out today and warm things up.

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  2. Υour pictures surprise pleasantly the visitors of your blog Gina! How lovely they are and I 'm so happy for the happy end of the story.How much snow, hope you feel really good in this Christmassy scenery!

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    1. Hello Olympia, Thank you for your visit and your very nice compliment. Visiting Greece right now would be a good idea. I know that your temperatures are not -30 degrees Celsius.

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  3. What a winter wonderland and I am so glad the sheep are safe. Wonderful photos. Keep warm.

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    1. Hello Francesca, How nice of you to stop by and leave such a lovely comment. It is so appreciated.

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  4. Certainly good that those wandering sheep found a stopping off place that drew the attention of someone like you who could arrange a safe passage for them to return to their winter home. What a fiercely cold place ...though very beautiful.

    The happy ending is a relief.

    xo

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    1. Dear Frances, It must be cold in New York right now. Maybe not as cold as it has been here in the last few days. The sheep are on their way to warmer climates. You are right, it is beautiful and we have more snow coming in the next few days.

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  5. Dear Gina,
    The movement of even a thousand sheep will be hard to hear on freshly fallen snow. But how can they stand the fierce cold for even a night?
    The photo of your home in the snow from across the pond is lovely. Ice pellets have started to fall on our roof and it is a hard change from the
    warm day yesterday.
    Warm greetings, Sieglinde

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    1. Dear Sieglinde, First I couldn't find the sheep. It was only after they started to get up that all of these bodies became sheep. They were under such a heavy blanket of snow because it snowed during the night while they were asleep.
      Here I was envying you for your 70 temperatures and now it is even getting cold where you live. We will just have to stay inside and drink a little Glüwein.

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  6. Dear Gina, How in the world did you know to whom all these sheep belonged? How fortunate that they found their way to you!

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    1. Dear Mark, The Farmer was looking for his sheep and stopped by our house. He had another 1000 sheep on the other side of Main street. I think that "our" bunch were on their way to join them but ended up being way laid. The good news is that all have been taken to warmer climates.

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  7. GOSH - dear Gina! Thought that you're living in Utah and not in Siberia! Minus 30 degrees!!!!!!!!!!! BRRRHHHH.............
    I must admit that I've quickly checked the fahrenheit/celsius...although I know that you never tell anything wrong, could just not believe!

    But - this herd of sheep is the most lovely one I've seen! Beautiful, beautiful pictures, my Dear! Oh, how much I wish to be with you on this morning......and certainly lucky for the owner that all thousand have found their way to YOU! Animals know what's good for them!
    LOVELY, LOVELY, LOVELY! A real extraordinary post!
    Liebsten Gruss, Karin

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  8. My dear Karin, What lovely compliments you have given me. Some of my photos remind me of your beautiful linens you have featured in your last post.
    Good thing you weren't out with me that morning. My camera stopped working after only a few minutes because it was so cold. ox, Gina .

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  9. Those lovely and lucky sheep had a guardian angel who went the extra mile to find and save them! The shock and then the thrill of looking at piles of snow and then realising they were the lost sheep! As you wrote, you were aware there could be sheepdogs or even the ram that were watching out for the sheep and wouldn't recognise the angel that was among them.
    I'm stuck on my hill with 6 inches of snow and 8 degrees earlier this morning. Slippery roads throughout our Eugene-Springfield area and many (200+) accidents yesterday so the advisors suggest we not drive.
    Your idyllic home with the golden 'glow' looks like a fantasy in the snow and sun!
    No more snow in the immediate forecast here, but a continuation of below freezing weather for at least two more days. Highly unusual.
    Stay warm everyone.
    Mary in Oregon

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  10. Dear Mary, Isn't it unusual for you to have so much snow? Makes for very dangerous driving conditions especially when it is also so cold. Hope you don't have to be on the highways. It is snowing again in our valley. But the sheep have been moved to warmer desert country.
    There was a sheepdog but he was with a different flock. One that was across the lane in another field. They are the most amazing dogs. I need to find out how they react to people when we approach the sheep they are guarding.

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    1. Dear Gina,
      No, I don't have to drive right now; there is plenty of food here although I am almost out of my skim milk! It has been 4 days now and it is still not safe on our hill. It ended up being 8 inches total and down to -10f. so this is a different weather pattern! One that I hope is not a harbinger of this winter season.
      What beautiful vistas I have been enjoying - but yours are to "die" for!

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    2. Dear Mary, Four days is a long time.

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  11. What an amazing sight! I try to imagine the surprise you felt when those molehills started to move. "Sheep may safely graze" - how true when they happen upon your meadows!

    I once drove to Burgenland early in the morning and hiked along a field, near the Hungarian border, to photograph the sunrise. It was 0° Fahrenheit! I kept my camera under my warm coat, to safeguard the battery. There were a few instances when the shutter froze, but after a minute back under the coat, it worked again. After I hiked back to the car I drove towards Schloss Halbthurn and even though it was still early, around 7:30 AM, the innkeeper not only made fabulous coffee, he prepared a very fine breakfast too.

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  12. Dear Merisi, I knew that the sheep were there but I couldn't see them. It wasn't until I uploaded the photographs that they appeared like ghosts. I did the same thing...kept my camera under my coat but in no time my fingers were frozen and the camera stopped working for a few minutes.
    You know how much I love the Burgenland. and your experience only reinforces what I know about this lovely place. See you soon, ox, Gina

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    1. I LOVE Burgenland, the people and the region (flat country, "eine mir gemäße Landschaft" as Arno Schmidt liked to say).

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  13. Cool sheep...looking great in snow!

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    1. Hello Goutami, So nice of you to stop by for a visit. Thank You.

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  14. Gorgeous photography for OWT ~ so glad the sheep are home safe and you are warm in your home ~ thanks, carol, xxx

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    1. Hello Carol, You are so nice to give me such a lovely compliment. And yes, the sheep have been taken to warmer pastures.

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  15. What a surprise, a thousand sheep stopping by to dine! Your house is beautiful.

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    1. Thank you Cynthia. Sheep seem to like to come this way. As long as they leave my winter cabbages alone, they are welcome.

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  16. That's quite an adventure! Lovely shots.

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    1. Hello Ladyfi, Thank you for your visit and comment. It is so appreciated.

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