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Keep Warm and Well Fed


We stood outside in 14F (-10C) temps at the Dickens Festijn in Deventer, Holland, on December 19,
and wished like the Dickens we could have had this sheepskin around us!

(Remember the first sheep I posted?  We got them coming and going!)

If one of you says to him, "Go, I wish you well; keep warm and well fed," but does nothing about his physical needs, what good is it?
James 2:16
This was queued long before the Haiti earthquake, not knowing how timely it would be!

Keep Warm and Well Fed


We stood outside in 14F (-10C) temps at the Dickens Festijn in Deventer, Holland, on December 19,
and wished like the Dickens we could have had this sheepskin around us!

(Remember the first sheep I posted?  We got them coming and going!)

If one of you says to him, "Go, I wish you well; keep warm and well fed," but does nothing about his physical needs, what good is it?
James 2:16
This was queued long before the Haiti earthquake, not knowing how timely it would be!

comments (54)

  • rian
  • United States
  • 15 Jan 2010, 01:03
man, that sure is cold.. grin love the lighting you captured in this shot here.. nice work.. smile
Ginnie Hart: We were outside in that cold for 2 hours, sometimes standing still because the crowd wasn't moving. VERY COLD. I can't remember when I was that cold, with frozen hands AND feet. But it was well worth the experience and we'll never forget it. Thanks, Rian.
A moving picture, and a moving verse. Thank you!
Ginnie Hart: Thank YOU, Larry!
  • Mroy
  • United States
  • 15 Jan 2010, 02:01
How is it moving from Hotlanta to the freezing A'dam?

Love the pix. The Haiti quake came in the heels of the NorCal coast quake of 6.5.
Ginnie Hart: We're a few miles away from Amsterdam, Maria, but close enough in the whole scheme of things, I guess. Their temps seem to be mostly matching ours. But I have discovered that Atlanta has had unbelievably cold temps this winter thus far...which I am missing. In my 22 years there, I'm not sure it was ever that cold for so long.
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 15 Jan 2010, 03:53
Caught! With her mouth still full of the hay!

Occasionally I catch the Boy with a "Guilty" look like this, and I try in vain to be stern...
Ginnie Hart: LOL, Ray. I can hear Astrid say something like "It's just narural!" smile
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 15 Jan 2010, 05:52
I still smile when I see that look on your face when you spotted this herd of sheep running in the streets if Deventer......priceless.
This picture is wonderful, een prachtige compositie.
The picture goes so well wit your text and how often we say to each other....live in the NOW, for there might be NO tomorrow......
Ginnie Hart: You are so right, MLMA. All we have is today, which is enough. I do think seeing the sheep coming and going that day was my favorite thing of the entire festijn! smile
  • Elaine-
  • canada
  • 15 Jan 2010, 06:37
well the sheep look warm, i'm not sure about well fed tho, that straw is hardly a gourmet meal smile they are so pretty aren't they, i love sheep, how they trust their shepherd n' stuff
Ginnie Hart: When I frt saw this image, Elaine, I thought there was one huge sheep in the middle...the one with the face. Then I realized there were at least 5 sheep in this picture. grin Still, the coats look very woolly and warm. I have a feeling this one was eating ll day, so this was probably a snack!
  • zed
  • Australia
  • 15 Jan 2010, 06:48
Wonderful capture Ginnie
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Tony.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 15 Jan 2010, 07:20
I would say this was a happy sheep Ginnie
Ginnie Hart: I do believe you're right, Chris. smile
Chad will be jealous of this picturegrin. Haiti is a disaster in a country that has suffered much and is so very poor. A stuck motorist here was interviewed the other day and although fed up at his slow crawl home noted that he had a home to go to and compared to the situation in Haiti what had he got to complain about.
Ginnie Hart: My latop died last week, Bill, and my new one will be ready next week. What a bummer! BUT I have been thinking every day about how it is nothing in comparison to what's going on in Haiti right now. My issues seem laughable. Thanks for sharing.
  • SAVO
  • United Kingdom
  • 15 Jan 2010, 07:45
Its 7 degrees C in England this weekend so considering the really bad weather we have had I shall be going out in just a vest to entertain such scorching temperatures. grin
Lovely image
Ginnie Hart: I know what you mean, SAVO. Our temps here in Holland are just above freezing now and seem warm in comparison to what it's been. We're on the same page as you...but with less snow!
I wonder about a sheep's spiritual needs...wink
Ginnie Hart: HA! Especially since we are like them, right, Wim??!! smile
  • rags
  • United States
  • 15 Jan 2010, 08:23
Lunch time!
Ginnie Hart: It may have been a snack...but then, come to think of it, Kanyi, you may be right. It was approximately noonish when I took this shot. smile
Yes, sheep, we have a lot, but Australia has more I think...
Ginnie Hart: And you both have more than we do in the States, I'm sure! I was never around sheep in all my years in the States, so seeing them here is very soulful.
  • blackdog
  • United Kingdom
  • 15 Jan 2010, 09:32
Doing what sheep everywhere do best - eat! Once again an innovative composition that works wonderfully.
Ginnie Hart: I wonder what it would have been like if we grew up saying "you eat like a sheep" instead of a pig! grin Thanks, Mike.
Wonderful portrait Ginnie. They do indeed keep warm!
Ginnie Hart: They do have a reputation, for sure, Richard. Merci.
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 15 Jan 2010, 10:13
Well if you really need a warm woolly skin around you, start with a very sharp knife ...

By the time the skin is ready the cold spell will be over tongue
Ginnie Hart: I'd call that planning ahead, Louis. smile Thanks.
Lovely portrait Ginnie,just missing a bit of lipstick and eye makeup and a dose of soft focus.
Ginnie Hart: HAHAHA! You do have your models on your mind, I see. smile Thanks.
Sheep always seem to have a sad look in the eye!
Ginnie Hart: Is is sadness or dumbness, Tom?? grin You know how they say sheep are dumb. For me they're soulful...so what does that say about me, I wonder?? HA!
Fancy having to eat that stuff. Give me lamb chops any day.
Ginnie Hart: You and I are on the same page, Chad. In fact, that reminds me that I've had no lamb since arriving here 6 weeks ago. I think we'll have to do something about that this weekend!
  • vintage
  • Australia
  • 15 Jan 2010, 11:17
Wonderful image
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, kind sir.
  • Oscar
  • France
  • 15 Jan 2010, 11:43
Good portrait, ilike.

Is very nice the food in the mouth
Ginnie Hart: Oh yes, Oscar. I'm guessing all of us in blogsphere have full mouths! Gracias.
Me gusta el encuadre y las tonalidades como la textura son perfectas.

Saludos
Ginnie Hart: Muchas gracias, Bernardo.
You did well not to get camera shiver at that temperaturesmile
Ginnie Hart: To tell you the truth, Nigel, we were out in it for 2 hours and I can't remember when I've been that cold. But it was totaly worth it. smile
I get really scared when I see a sheep posted... remember ing chad's mighty series from ages ago. Ha Ha ... nah kidding Ginnie. For me a nice leg of lamb embedded with garlic and rosemary is as good as it gets.

Friendly sheep you have taken ... shame that it's not aware of it's uture.

richard
Ginnie Hart: Re that leg of lamb, Richard, I couldn't agree with you more. Too bad I'm making spaghetti for supper tonight! Thanks.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 15 Jan 2010, 13:19
Wat voor een schattig, lief schaapje- did you give her some hay to eat? The sheep seems to trust in you and I suppose she would have followed you to your apartment in Gorinchem if this were possible ...- The coat looks so white and pure, we have in German the term "wollweiß/wool-white" hinting to the coat of the sheep!
Yes, you are right- I often have to think of the very poor people in Haiti and their very sad situation! I cannot forget the photo's and the faces I saw/see in TV and the newspapers!
Ginnie Hart: You gave me a nice chuckle, Philine, thinking of this sheep following us back to Gorinchem. grin How fun is that! Thanks for your wonderful comment, as always.
That is just perfect. What a beautiful face, captured in such detail. Perfection, Ginnie
Ginnie Hart: Well, I'm not sure it's perfect, Paul, but it sure is soulful to me. smile Thanks.
The sheep looks pretty content in that wonderful sheepskin, chewing happily. Lovely shot Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: Happy as a lark, Janet. smile Thanks.
Just a lovely picture Ginnie. Did you wait long for this?
Ginnie Hart: The first photo I showed of the behinds of the sheep was at the beginning of our two hours, Ron. They came through the streets toward us so quickly, an with so many people around, they were gone before I knew it. So when I saw them again at the end of the walk, lazily eating at the hay bins, I was delighted. Thanks.
We were going to have leg of lamb tonight but Maureen has changed her mind, just as well, I might have felt guilty after seeing this lovely little animal.
Ginnie Hart: Please don't feel guilty, Brian, because I'm thinking how hungry I am for lamb, which is more plentiful here than in the States. I haven't had any yet in my first 6 weeks, so I think I will do something about it this weekend. smile
  • Thomas
  • India
  • 15 Jan 2010, 15:06
Beautiful shot Ginnie. You made a lovely image out of a simple situation.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, kind sir!
whe the sheep hits the fan right...
Ginnie Hart: Yes, Maarten. smile Bedankt.
I look at sheep everyday Ginnie, and never have I seen one that looks as good as you have made this one look. its lovely. smile
Ginnie Hart: You're very kind, Linda. I can't imagine looking at sheep every day. I'd think I had died and gone to heaven...kinda like seeing my windmill every day! smile
nice job ginnie animal portrait perfect in light and detailes
Ginnie Hart: Grazie, Fabrizio. I love sheep! smile
Wow Ginnie. The mind/heart are clairvoyant atimes you know! My heart goes out to them! The sheep looks sooo real. Nice capture of the emotion in its eye...
Ginnie Hart: The sheep is definitely real, Yinks...and so soulful to me. I will never tire of sheep...and windmills! smile Thanks.
  • Antoine
  • France
  • 15 Jan 2010, 20:44
Beautiful this sheep. You accomplished a nice photograph with a good framing of the head. Ginnie, thank you for saying to me that my cat Wild rose is very nice. Thanks and have a lovely evening. Antoine.
Ginnie Hart: You are so welcome, Antoine. We do have very soulful animals around us, don't we! Merci.
Back to photographing the voters again! Nice sheep though, who looks kind of happy that (s)he's not a coat.

Nice picture Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: It's so easy to anthropomorphize the animals around us, George, isn't it! smile Thanks.
  • Alan
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 15 Jan 2010, 22:09
Superb, Ginnie! I love the expression of its face! Fine quotation, too!
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Alan. I am not one to shy away from sheep who are so willing to pose for a portrait. smile
  • Andy
  • USA
  • 15 Jan 2010, 22:33
mmm yummy hay! smile
Ginnie Hart: I know, Andy. grin Thanks.
Very nice shot Ginnie!
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, RS!
Lovely capture with superb detail!
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindy, Pavan.
Love shot and sentiment.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, dear Michael.
great shot! Pity it was so cold! But I think this sheep was happy to keep its own skin wink
Ginnie Hart: This sheep was definitely a happy camper, Dawn. There's no such thing as bad weather, my Norwegian friend says...just bad clothes! smile
Very nice pciture, indeed!
Bosse
Ginnie Hart: Thanks a million, Bosse.
  • Marcie
  • United States
  • 16 Jan 2010, 22:03
What an irresistable face!!!
Ginnie Hart: There's something about sheep, Marcie...can't get them outta my system. smile
wat een leuke wollige foto grin
Ginnie Hart: Ontzettend bedankt, Abi. smile
  • sherri
  • Little Rock, Arkansas, United States
  • 17 Jan 2010, 01:04
I like how you captured it with the hay in it's mouth. They're so precious.
Ginnie Hart: They are precious, indeed, Sherri. This one made me very happy because it was...satified with so little!
  • Toni
  • Eastern Washington
  • 17 Jan 2010, 01:45
That's a lot of sheep - perfect for counting in the dead of night when one is suffering insomnia. An excellent capture, Ginnie. A beautiful verse that gently nudges one to action - thank you.
Ginnie Hart: I have a feeling you have many a late/sleepless night, Toni, based on all I know that you do. I gladly donate my sheep for counting. smile Thank you for the excitement of our new pilgrimage together. I look forward to getting to know you better. Thank YOU.
  • yvonne
  • United States
  • 17 Jan 2010, 03:53
LOL, love both images. Not sure which one made me smile more! Have to say I loves the eyes in this one the best. Great composition!
Ginnie Hart: I love her/his eyes, too, Yvonne. Animals have so much to teach us about soul. Thank you.
What a beautiful, beautiful creature. Who ever could believe that animals have no soul, no spirit?

And you're right ~ this one has a pretty good coat, too!
Ginnie Hart: The more I am around these beautiful creatures, Linda, the more I see Soul in everything around me. I didn't grow up around many animals, let alone sheep, so I feel I'm in a learning stage of life. I love it. smile Thanks.
you're right! the sheep is much more interested in her food than with the cold.
i'm sure she will love to share her wonderful coat with you.
but in the spring.
for now, she is offering to share her food with you.
bon appetite.
Ginnie Hart: I love it, Sera. smile I love becoming one with these soulful creatures!
  • kiji
  • France
  • 17 Jan 2010, 10:17
Nice boy!

Happy new year smile
Ginnie Hart: Merci, Kiji. Happy New Year to you, too. smile
  • namaki
  • France
  • 17 Jan 2010, 11:29
nice warm tones.... I have a bicycle for you from Amsterdam ;-)
Ginnie Hart: I LOVE your bicycle from Amsterdam, Namaki. It's becaue of Amsterdam that I love any bicycle anywhere. smile Merci.
  • aussie
  • Australia
  • 17 Jan 2010, 14:19
I'm sure it's the same one I took a pic of when I was there. lol it looks the same
Ginnie Hart: I'm sure of it, Aussie. Too bad we didn't catch its name! smile
A grand reception in the middle of a sheeplife!
Ginnie Hart: From one bale of hay to another, Rolf. What a life. smile Danke.

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