Saturday, March 31, 2007
You know how those women carry around their little lap dogs as accessories? Well this is the farm version. Just grab your 'lamb purse' and off to the store you go! When you get there, just hang 'em up while you shop!
This is Knickers, just hanging around.
Artwork by Katherine Lightfoot that we saw at The Swan.
'Her paintings of moorland animals stubbornly surviving the elements skilfully convey their inquisitive nature and successfully capture the tension on their faces. Katharine paints freely to evoke movement and energy within her subjects, emphasising the light contrast and ever changing moods of the moor. She has also produced impressive seascapes and expansive skies of the North Cornwall coast and the Orkney’s but her beloved sheep and Dartmoor ponies remain her favourite subject.
While driving down the country roads, if there was a sign for a town that had 'Sheep' or 'Wool' in it, we'd turn down the lane and head for it. I'd say, "Ann, wanna go to Sheepscombe?" "Sure!" Screech. We found some lovely little villages this way, sometimes miles down the lane, but worth the drive. Some of these lanes were so narrow that the hedges were nearly scraping the car on both sides.
This was my first time driving on the other side of the road. I was apprehensive before taking off. When renting the car at the Cambridge train station, you are dumped right into busy traffic. With Ann's help, I overcame my fear and even became an aggressive driver, yelling at slow cars to get out of my way! We went around about a hundred round-a-bouts and only twice had to circle around more than once because we had missed our exit. There was a cop parked at one of the circles and we just waved as we went by the second time!
The towns in this area were built on wool profits. There are huge palaces and estates which housed the wool lords. This was the market in the middle of town, erected in 1627, although the Cotswold wool was sold world wide back in the 1300's. Chipping means market and there are a number of villages starting with 'Chipping'.