21 April 2015

Peep

Peep...Peeping!
Long term visitors to this blog may remember that there are two sheep in our garden. The mummy sheep is called Beau and her frisky little lamb is called Peep. Peep is very clingy - always by his mother's side so today I decided to assist his social and emotional development by taking him out for a walk in the North Derbyshire countryside.

He was bleating plaintively as we drove over to Edale and it was disappointing to discover that he had deposited some lamb droppings on the front passenger seat during our journey. I put on my walking boots and we headed towards Jacob's Ladder which is a path that weaves up to Edale Cross.
We met a man called Tony from New Mills. He was with Ollie - his black labrador. At first Tony thought that Peep was also a dog - some kind of Arctic poodle - but I  advised him otherwise. We encountered an Australian couple near Edale Cross. He was called Bruce and she was called Sheila - no word of a lie! I volunteered to take their photo and suggested the resulting picture would look good on their Sydney mantelpiece. Bruce said "G'day mate!" which I did not understand though I think the expression was relatively friendly.

Soon Tony and Ollie headed off for Hayfield but Peep and I turned left to South Head Farm. Then there was a long trudge up to South Head before we followed  a long moorland wall to Brown Knoll. We stopped there for some refreshment. I had remembered to bring Peep a bag filled with fresh grass but I ate an apple and downed a bottle of water in three thirsty glugs.
Triangulation pillar on Brown Knoll
Then back to Edale Cross and down Jacob's Ladder to Yongate Bridge over The River Noe. Peep was doing really well and still frolicing without complaint but I had to carry him the last hundred yards to my car. He was almost asleep by the time we got there. It had been quite an adventure for the wee lamb.
Yongate Bridge
It Could Be You!
Old sheepfold on the way to Brown Knoll
Stone trough in a wall at Lee House Farm

14 comments:

  1. Thanks for that YP
    I LOVED THE OLD MOVIE Jacobs ladder and never really knew the original ( in this country that is)
    Wonderful x

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    1. I think there is another Jacob's Ladder down in Shropshire on Wenlock Edge.

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  2. What a lovely long walk for Peep. You are so soft on that lamb… although based on my concrete information, she should be at least a two-tooth by now, and about ready to be STEEPED (geddit?) in gravy and mint sauce. Maybe you shouldn't go for any more long walks, you don't want her to get too tough.

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    1. You have a suspicious mind Kate. Some lambs are slow developers and I am afraid to say that Peep is one of them.

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  3. Perhaps a merino fleece-lined nappy should be used during car trips! No...not on you, Yorky! Well........

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    1. What would my nappy be lined with? Thorns?

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    2. Ummmm......we'll make it a fleecy-lined one, too, Yorky! :)

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    3. You are too kind Lee!

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  4. Peep is darling! This post reminded me of the time long ago when I took my dog to a pet store where they were taking pet portraits. A man showed up with his pet goat on a leash! And the goat was wearing a red bandanna around his neck to look spiffy for his picture. Haha. He also dropped little pellet goat turds all over the floor, which as I recall the employees weren't too happy about. :)

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    1. The store employees could have gathered the pellets up and sold them as "Red Bandana" dog chews!

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  5. Tsk, tsk, Mr. York. Pud. Do not use poor Peep as your scapegoat when you know full well that you tired out before he did. No doubt you rode back to your car on his tireless back as he struggled to carry your weary carcass. He deserves extra treats for sure.

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    1. Hilly - my body is not a "carcass", it is a temple! But what amazes me is how did you know that I rode Peep down from the hills? The damned CIA get everywhere!

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  6. I am sure that Peep had lots to tell his mother when he returned to his usual place at her side after such an adventurous day out! I wonder whether he made Ollie the dog out as a huge, dangerous creature whom he tamed single-handedly.
    The picture with the bridge is my favourite of this lot. What is the "gate" underneath it supposed to stop from passing through?

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    1. I am not being funny Meike but that wooden fence under the bridge is to separate separate flocks of sheep! Peep will have also told Beau about how we stopped for refreshment at "The Robin Hood" pub in Hathersage. Peep sat on a bar stool sipping Guinness through a straw.

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