Britain trip 50 animal and fiber related photos

We are back from our epic (to us) journey to the UK.  Here’s the many farm animal and fiber related photos we took:
Shaun the sheep stuff in a shop window in York:

Ancient fiber related items including a reproduction Roman loom in York,
Roman whorls and spindles in Inverness,
Roman spinning and weaving tools in Bath,
and a 14th century tapestry in Coventry:

Northern Britain sheep photos:

Llamas in Britain:
Jacob sheep:
Sheep, pig and cows in Scotland:

Shetland animals:

Shetland lace shawl and ponies at crofthouse museum:

More Shetland sheep:

Machinery at Jamieson mill in Sandness, Shetland:

Sorry- more Shetland sheep photos:

Shaun the sheep at Aardman Features:
Jamieson yarn I could not resist buying:
Fair Isle sweater I bought for myself at Spider’s Web shop in Lerwick, Shetland Islands:
We will try to get the rest of the photos posted on Kodak Easyshare later today.

So the downside to the epic journey is the toll it took on our animals in our absence.  On top of them missing us and our dog Josie escaping by fence jumping multiple times, we lost one of our bucks.  Mr. Mahogany died of a parasites while we were gone.  The liver copper level is still pending to see if that is the underlying cause since we had just wormed him with adequate does of oral ivermectin just before we left.  We also lost quite a few pheasant chicks to coccidiosis and our steer Leroy went lame with laminitis from the grass.  Here’s a photo of our wonderful polled buck who died:

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8 Responses to Britain trip 50 animal and fiber related photos

  1. Krista Murphy, Hens and Friends Farm says:

    Oh Donna, glad you are back but sad to hear Mr. Mahogany passed. I believe he is Boris’s dad, so I will miss him. Boris is such a big baby doll and we love him soooo much. Beautiful photos, and now I know why you hadn’t posted for some time(thanks for the email while you were away, too) Love your blog and missed it while you were gone. And my 2 little wethers are going to a new home tomorrow, thanks to Yahoo! Yahoo:) Krista

  2. Laura says:

    I love the pictures you took! So you were in Scotland, England and Shetland? My Dad took me to Scotland and England several summers ago and it was great fun. (I was born there and we were visiting family as well.)

    Sorry to here about your loss.

  3. Mim says:

    What a wonderful opportunity! I enjoy seeing shetland sheep from other countrys. Never too many!
    It happens here too I seldom leave and when I do some animal has a problem. Welcome back home.

  4. Donna says:

    Thanks for the great comments. It kind of felt like home there with the climate and all the sheep! It does seem like every time we leave an animal gets sick or dies. We will not be leaving so long in the future, that’s for sure.

  5. Tina T-P says:

    Gosh, I can’t wait to see the rest of your pictures! Sorry to hear of all the animal troubles while you were gone – T

  6. Donna says:

    The rest of the pictures are at:
    Warning- there are 400 of them!

  7. Kathy says:

    I am so sorry to hear that your homecoming was not so sweet, Donna. I know how hard it is – to be that far away and worry about all your animals. I am so sorry for your losses.
    And thank you for sharing your experience with us! Wow! What a neat trip. (envy, envy, envy) I’ll bet you got a Shaun the Sheep fix while you were there…and you can never have too much yarn or wool. I always have a suitcase full when I come home from seeing family in NZ>

  8. Donna says:

    Thanks for your understanding sentiments. I am trying to learn more so what happened to Mr. won’t happen again. So his death will have some purpose, I suppose.

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