A tasty lunch was provided by Fell and Dales Catering, Farmhouse Food for your special event. A bap with lamb and yogurt with mint and rocket leaves. Delicious.
The children’s eyes lit up to see Cheviot tups and Swaledale tups and to watch sheep shearing. The young farmer wore moccasins as he stepped deftly about the ewe, straddling her to hold her head firmly, taking care to keep her comfortable as he used electric shears to remove her fleece. Then he showed us clipping using traditional clipping shears. Bundles of fleeces lined the walls of the barn.
We watched sheep being worked by a sheepdog. Robin commented that up on Patterdale Common he liked a dog with a degree of independence. Often he cannot see sheep or dog up there, so a dog that knows the fell and its hefted sheep can simply get on with the job. So sheep dogs are invaluable to the hill-farmer.