Sheltering sheep

I have received this stunning photo from my friend Gill Henwood and it brought much cheer so I am sharing it with you. The comments are hers.

“Ewes and lambs in the shade of a lime tree clump in old parkland, near Hawkshead, Cumbria.
Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. Psalm 91:1

This is their favourite shelter when the strong Maytime sun shines. Though it’s cloudy at the moment, it’s warm and humid as the clouds rise and sun will break through. Too hot for woolly coats! 

All around the lambs are bleating and ewes replying in their deeper alto. The semi-independent lambs gambol together and get separated from their mothers. A great baa-ing goes on if they can’t find each other. Some adventurous lambs escape under fences – leading to a great bleating as their mothers cannot follow.
There must be a parable there: the good shepherd/ess who seeks out the lost sheep, of course.

Birdsong provides the mood music, with the cuckoo joining in around the vale.

A joyous morning.

Another view

Two ewes with single lambs in a shady gateway 
But the lone lamb is over the fence (not a Swaledale)…

[Gill Henwood]

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