Counting Sheep

Our travels for this day included a ferry trip from Killimer to Tarbert, travels off the beaten path and just a few sheep. We made our way to our next Bed & Breakfast, Hillcrest Farmhouse. We stayed at Hillcrest Farmhouse B&B for two nights.  This B&B was a perfect place to spend two days and explore area attractions such as Ring of Kerry, Ring of Reeks, The Black ValleyKillarney National Park and Dingle Peninsula. I highly recommend a stay at this B & B! This was one area of Ireland that I would love to go back and visit. As Dan mentioned in his blog, “You don’t just simply make a few quick turns on the main road and arrive at Hillcrest Farmhouse.  At least that is not the case when coming from the Northside.  Our path lead us right through the Gap of Dunloe which is a lovely mountain pass. The pass is located between Macgillycuddy’s Reeks (west) and Purple Mountain (east) in County Kerry, Ireland. It is about 11 km (6.8 mi) from north to south”.

We were in awe as we came up on the Gap of Dunloe and the drive through to the B & B was a memory I will never forget. A post on the Gap of Dunloe will follow; however, in the meantime, I will share images of our drive from Killimer – Killarney – Hillcrest Farmhouse B & B.

Ireland Sheep

We traveled to Ireland in April and were lucky to see all the little lambs. This area was the first time we had the chance to photograph and walk among herds of sheep. Just down the road from our B & B were multiple pastures full of sheep.  We spent a fair bit of time photographing and rolling video of these vocal beasts.  The lambs were so inquisitive and the parents watchful.  The markings on each sheep were as unique as each individual’s baa. Oh, how I loved this part of the trip and had a huge smile on my face every time we visited. The gates in this area were left open for all the sheep to wander into other pastures and along the road; we visited this place a couple times during our stay. The sheep in Ireland and abundant, so much so that in the Census of 2016 (yes, we were counted) it showed that there were more sheep than humans!

In Ireland’s history, sheep were kept throughout the island. They had significant importance as a source of food and wool. The common Irish word for a sheep was, and is, cáera [caira]. From their earliest history, the Irish have taken great advantage of the wool their sheep had to offer. The wool was taken from sheep with ancient shears, similar to modern-day ones. The men would do the shearing, while the women completed the process from there. The wool was sorted, scoured, teased, combed or carded by hand, and then spun and woven, producing warm high-quality garments that were of great use since earliest history. ~

The markings:

Farmers sometimes paint the backs of their sheep with a strip of usually blue or red paint and this is to identify different farmers sheep in case they escape or are stolen. They also use the paint marking around the rams neck and chest, this is so when the ram mounts the ewe it is easy for the farmer to know which ewes are impregnated and then they can be moved into a different farm.

Thanks for joining Dan and I as we traveled through Ireland! I hope this finds you all well; sending peace and love to everyone.

Click HERE to see Dan’s blog post of this area. See you at the Gap of Dunloe.


2 thoughts on “Counting Sheep

  1. Sandra Redman says:

    You had some great photos of the sheep in this batch. I still think the hair on the older she looks different than any I’ve seen before. It’s not curly. It’s long and straight. The lambs had curly hair, but not the ewes and rams.

    Sent from my iPad


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