It’s the time of year for a bit of exploring and it’s a great excuse to put oneself in the direction of pleasant temperatures and every likelihood of a breeze. Scotland has been benefitting from having a summer, so far, this year. So, what better than to  waft away from the sticky towns and cities and head to the countryside.

At a local agricultural show, I got chatting to Irene from Canberra, who like me, was admiring this super youngster.  “E’s not fully growed…it take ’em aboot five year to be growed”, we were told, by an equally admiring farmer.

A Prize Youngster

A brazen surprise was in store in the sheep pens.

Oops, we’ve got the same jumpers on!

These two Suffolk sheep got first prizes.

….and what about this one

A big fluff ball

Certainly not your usual style of sheep. She got a  second prize. I wonder which local hairdresser she went to, the back-combing is a little passée.  Fluff Ball has potential for a first prize, if her hairdresser develops her styling technique.




    • Hi Snowbird,

      Agreed, who knew! And yes; definitely eye-catching.

      I saw a picture in a newspaper, after the show I saw, of a first prize winning Suffolk breed sheep at another local agricultural show. Its coat was coloured luminescent yellow, or, maybe it was sour lime! (Difficult to tell if the picture colour printed properly). Whatever, It was garish. What are farmers doing to their Suffolk breed woolly stock in the name of ….well what?


    • Hi Mr F,

      Not original nor imaginative naming for Madame Fluffball I guess, but, as you say, apt. When I first looked at the mass of wool on the ground, I couldn’t discern a head. It was rather like looking at a domed woolly tent.

      Thanks for your comments.

  1. So pleased that summer is visiting you north of the border! What a magnificent specimen that bull is. I find it very interesting to see how the shape of bulls has changed over the years, according to public demand. What an extraordinary colour for those sheep – they are very neat and tidy, but I’m surprised it’s allowed under the rules… And as for fluff-ball … maybe a new barber?

    • The bull is about three years old, I think. From shape and size it’s likely to be a Charolais, possibly a cross with an equally as large framed breed. They can be crossed with Aberdeen Angus, but I didn’t see any sign of that with that young fella.

      I think that coat [beauty] colour rules are being stretched with Suffolk Sheep. I asked a farmer about it; his reply was that such colours show off their heads. Okay, so now we know that the head is a salient feature for judging. But does it really justify such horrendous shades.

      Glad you ventured to hazard a gendered suggestion 🙂 A unisex barber or hairdresser would do, if their skills are up to scratch! I had absolutely no idea what was hidden under that mass of woolly fluff. Initially, I didn’t see the head, which was a bit disconcerting, especially when a pair of beady eyes came into view with alternative styling sitting on top of them.

    • Hi Anne-Marie,

      Inexplicably, I found your comment in spam. I have never looked in that part of WP, it was curiosity that made be check it out. Thirty-five items were there, and thirty-four, which I hastened to their demise, were in the right place. I rescued your comment. Thank you for commenting.

      This year’s show, a small one, was warm and dry underfoot. I have tried to trudge through quagmires in the past. There used to be cart horses at the shows, Clydesdales in particular. Once, I saw a really good number at one of the The Royal Highland Shows near Edinburgh. I remember photographing a horse or two, however, I am not sure where the pictures are now. I think they were taken in pre-Applemac days and that is not yesterday! I’ve yet to organise a lot of my digital photography.


  2. …and certainly not a sandwiched sandwich Anne-Marie.

    I do wonder how the inappropriate siting of your comment could have happened. I cannot even remember where I found WP spam; when I do, I’ll check it again….just in case.


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