3.30 in the afternoon, 8 December
The M8 has been re-opened after more than 24 hours – and the Welsh Mountain ewes have dug through to grass
In the news, an item about feeding nine billion of us on ‘beef’ from vats. A flock of blackface grazing with black cattle. Rooks sweeping up and down the valley and swallows winging along the fence line. I read how blackface ewes keep diferent habits in summer, some stick to their winter territory, others move further out in summer. I think the plantation was important to them in the winter, shelter.
I think all the lambs have gone. Bullocks instead.
Boundary line of wire – visual link with cabling on a jumper
mapping a heft – Cheviot lambs and ewes by a stell. A bridge of railway sleepers over a burn. A track, marked already on an 1867 map. A route used for droving cattle, maybe sheep too. The ewes have spent winter, and summer, here. The stell a nucleus – the eye of their map?
view from heft nucleus / eye
How do sheep see lichen?
do they notice such details?