Local Heart, Global Soul

August 20, 2019

Coat-tails In The Wind…

The next piece the the wood carving artist created in the 2017 Garderen Sand Sculpture exhibition is not this time about wild animals, but rather some domesticated ones. This shepherd is carrying a lamb and and herding his sheep with the aid of a sheep-dog. The wind is clearly strong, he is bent forward with his coat billowing out behind him.

Knowing sheep farming I see that the sheep have a full fleece and their tails have not been docked. The presence of the new lamb indicates that it’s spring, so these are stragglers who are being rounded up for shearing and docking. With the wool shorn they will be more comfortable and healthier during the hot summer months.

Docking the tails to make them shorter may sound cruel. but if they are left long then their poo collects on the tails and flies come to the poo, laying their eggs and making the beast susceptible to maggot  or lice infestations. (apologies if you were eating breakfast whilst reading that!). The lamb is bleating for it’s mother, a good sign because it probably means they have bonded well.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

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