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All We Like Sheep

This year I missed Handel's Messiah but not the sheep.

(as seen on the street at Deventer's Dickens Festijn, December 19, here in Holland)

All We Like Sheep

This year I missed Handel's Messiah but not the sheep.

(as seen on the street at Deventer's Dickens Festijn, December 19, here in Holland)

comments (38)

The one at the back is probably saying "I should have worn a different coat."
Ginnie Hart: I think these sheep were the luckiest of everyone there that day because it was around 14F...VERY COLD! Thanks, Michael.
  • SAVO
  • United Kingdom
  • 28 Dec 2009, 03:33
lol. Sheep's arse smile
Ginnie Hart: Yup! grin
  • zed
  • Australia
  • 28 Dec 2009, 03:39
Well thats the arse end of it all tongue
Ginnie Hart: You got that right, Tony. smile
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 28 Dec 2009, 05:42
LOL...I have read the comments, all I can say is...it is NOT the end of it.....grin.
This brings back the memories of a wonderful day, meeting Wim, seeing the most beautiful things, the cold.....brrrr.
A great picture, I can still see the excitement on your face when this herd came through the narrow streets.
Ginnie Hart: There are few things that excite me more than sheep, as you know, Astrid, front or back end! grin Every time they came through the streets, I couldn't get enough of them. They were the warmest of us all, though, weren't they!!!
  • Chris
  • England
  • 28 Dec 2009, 06:00
How do you say Baaa in Dutch Ginnie?
Ginnie Hart: HAHAHAHA! I'll have to ask Astrid about that tonight after work, Chris. grin
  • aussie
  • Australia
  • 28 Dec 2009, 06:13
Looks like it must be getting close to shearing time
Ginnie Hart: It was so cold that day, Aussie, I'm sure no one was thinking about shearing. It was 14F. Hmmmm. I wonder if they'll hold off on the shearing till spring? I sure hope so for their sake.
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 28 Dec 2009, 06:25
"Sheep may safely graze", Ginnie, but what do they eat?
Ginnie Hart: They must have been looking for the bales of hay they knew were somewhere to be found. I'll show a pic of that later, at the end of this series. smile
  • Elaine-
  • canada
  • 28 Dec 2009, 06:44
sheep are so pretty, i'm sorry to say that my poodle's coat sometimes looked like that lol nice shot!!!
Ginnie Hart: So...did you have to shear your poodle, Elaine? grin I LOVE sheep...almost as much as windmills!
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 28 Dec 2009, 07:30
A secret admirer of Sir Doveton?

Why is everyone going on about the backside? Leg of lamb is an excellent roast.
Ginnie Hart: I keep thinking of leg of lamb, Louis, every time I see this image. Hmmmm. Zelfde pagina. grin And of course, where is Chad when we need him!
  • Elaine-
  • canada
  • 28 Dec 2009, 07:50
Ginnie Hart: LOL. grin
Ewe picked a great angle here, Ginnie. Not Baaa-d at all! Ha ha
Ginnie Hart: HA! You know how to make my day, Paul. smile Dank u wel.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 28 Dec 2009, 08:14
Oh, Ginnie, you loved the sheep in Deventer very much and I can so well understand your feeling - want ikke hield ook zo veel van hen- their woolen, shaggy coat, their soft, dear faces- they were then heel stil, no "......." (I can hear their special Dutch sound, but Astrid herself should pronounce this sweet word to Chris and other visitors!) and followed their shepherd with his stick (as you can see) along the street and crossed the Brink ! Your toning is beautiful enhancing the whiteness of their coat!

The sheep were/are important actors in a Christmas play taking place at the Brink -with living Mary, Joseph, baby little Jesus... and evangelist Lucas cited/cites the famous words many people might have heard this year again in the Christmas service:

"Niet ver daarvandaan brachten herders de nacht door in het veld, ze hielden de wacht bij hun kudde. Opeens stond er een engel van de Heer bij hen en werden ze omgeven door het stralende licht van de Heer, zodat ze hevig schrokken. De engel zei tegen hen: ‘Wees niet bang, want ik kom jullie goed nieuws brengen, dat het hele volk met grote vreugde zal vervullen: vandaag is in de stad van David jullie redder geboren. Hij is de messias. Dit zal voor jullie het teken zijn: jullie zullen een pasgeboren kind vinden dat in een doek gewikkeld in een voederbak ligt.’...
Toen de engelen waren teruggegaan naar de hemel, zeiden de herders tegen elkaar: ‘Laten we naar Betlehem gaan om met eigen ogen te zien wat er gebeurd is en wat de Heer ons bekend heeft gemaakt.’ Ze gingen meteen op weg, en troffen Maria aan en Jozef en het kind dat in de voederbak lag. Toen ze het kind zagen, vertelden ze wat hun over dat kind was gezegd. Allen die het hoorden stonden verbaasd over wat de herders tegen hen zeiden, maar Maria bewaarde al deze woorden in haar hart en bleef erover nadenken."
Ginnie Hart: I love sheep almost as much as I love windmills, Philine, and that is saying a lot, as you know. Every time these sheep came through the streets, I went into another world altogether...almost like what I would picture in the streets of Jerusalem. I also took pictures at the Brink, outside of the Festijn, and still remember the feel of that dear place. Thanks for the reminder of Luke's words!
Ginnie Hart: I'm guessing you feel right at home, Chad, right?! grin
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 28 Dec 2009, 08:48
Ginnie Hart: HAHAHA!
  • German Schaf
  • Germany
  • 28 Dec 2009, 08:49
Ginnie Hart: This could be a BAAAAAAAing competition. grin
Baaa black sheep have you any whool...
As usualanimals show us their best part!
Fine capture Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: And without any shame, Richard, I might add. grin Merci.
Shaggy perm ... A favourite female hair style of mine ... But I don't think I would want to cuddle a fully grown ewe.

;-) richard
Ginnie Hart: HA! Me neither, Richard, but I sure could have used their coat that day! It was VERRRRRRRY cold. 14F.
Nice sepia look it has
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Chantal.
lol , excellent

1,2,3,4,5...99...2987...10457...billions of sheeps and i still awake ....strange wink

Ginnie Hart: LOL, Jean-Luc. But I'm guessing it was time for you to get up anyway, right? grin Merci.
  • kiji
  • France
  • 28 Dec 2009, 11:59
in french : "bêêêh !"

Very nice one ginnie smile
Ginnie Hart: HA! I love it, Kiji! smile Merci.
Lovely picture.

Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Frank. smile
They are looking a bit sheepish.................great texture again Ginnie
Ginnie Hart: HA! I love it, Pamela! Thanks for the smile.
  • Kay
  • United States
  • 28 Dec 2009, 15:18
Great tones, wonderful subjects, even with their backs turned.
Ginnie Hart: I got them coming and going, Kay, but seeing them going was the biggest smile. grin Thanks.
  • Antoine
  • France
  • 28 Dec 2009, 16:14
Superb capture and sheeps are so pretty.
Ginnie Hart: I LOVE sheep, Antoine. smile Merci.
It's a toss up between the great sheep picture or the music today Ginnie having sung the Messiah twice during the last few years. I hope our Brisbane friends noticed the choir came from their lovely city.
Ginnie Hart: I have sung "The Messiah" more than once in my lifetime, Brian, and really missed hearing it this year. But the sheep more than made up for it. smile Thanks.
very couriose shot but i like it
Ginnie Hart: I know, Fabrizio. Just had to show it! smile Grazie.
  • Oscar
  • France
  • 28 Dec 2009, 17:23
Nice photo of the politiciens of the world...hehehehe...

I like this shot
Ginnie Hart: HA! The sheep know these things, Oscar. grin Gracias.
Nederlandse schapen. Tsjaad kon doen een hele reeks van alleen maar een foto als deze
Ginnie Hart: I'm very sure I've given Tsjaad an idea...if he ever needs one again, Bill! smile
We go astray and we come back... such is life...
Ginnie Hart: Exactly, Larry. Precies.
  • Alan
  • United Kingdom
  • 28 Dec 2009, 18:00
Showing you their best side I see, Ginnie.Hmm.. I'm now decided my choice for dinner tonight; it was going to be lamb but now it will be fish wink Thanks for the link to "Messiah" - a favourite of mine.
Ginnie Hart: HA! Fish vs. lamb. Hmmmm. That would be a hard one for me, Alan...but after seeing the sheep I have learned to love, I might change my mind, too. smile Thanks.
  • Mroy
  • United States
  • 28 Dec 2009, 18:39
Nice angle grin

Hoped you had a fab Christmas.
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Maria. It was a White Christmas for us and already it's all gone...the snow, that is, but not the spirit. It was one of my best Christmases ever.
Hi Ginnie, I noticed you on Frank van Hienen's blog and was amused by your comments.

Love the texture on this shot. But Oscar's wrong - it's more likely a portrayal of the voters!
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, George, for stopping by and commenting. That means a lot to me. And YES about the politicians vs. the voters. If we had more voters who did NOT act like sheep (following the majority without thinking), we might be in a better world today!
  • Frida
  • Sweden
  • 28 Dec 2009, 20:34
Thank you for all the laughs when reading the comments. I'm a bit lot for words now. *lol*
Ginnie Hart: HA! I love it, Frida. smile Thanks.
Thereby hangs a tale, or two, or three or more. A different angle indeed Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: I like that play on words, Les. smile Thanks.
Fantastic shot Ginnie! They are cute even from behind!
Ginnie Hart: I LOVE sheep, Caroline, coming and/or going! grin Thanks.
  • Marcie
  • United States
  • 29 Dec 2009, 13:01
Love the view from behind..and the subtle humor. Well done!!!
Ginnie Hart: Coming and/or going, Marcie, I'll take sheep any way I can get them. smile Thanks.
  • Andy
  • USA
  • 30 Dec 2009, 16:24
HA the back view of the sheep smile
Ginnie Hart: Any which way, Andy, I love sheep. grin
I can feel their fur from here!
Ginnie Hart: i hope it feels warm, Heather. It will be below freezing again this weekend here in Holland. During this Dickens Festijn it was 14F, one of the coldest days I could remember in a long time!

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