Friday, May 22, 2015

The Kitchen Portal (And More Good Sheep Books)

Yes, there's a kitchen portal, too, not just at the barn...although my kitchen looks mostly like a barn usually right now...  I spied this as I passed by the kitchen door yesterday.  Every morning I pull all the kitchen towels out on the porch to sort through which need to be washed and then sweep out the hay I bring in every night for Liddy to eat sleep on.  

Speaking of eating, we had a blueberry pancake cook off and maple syrup tasting last night.  I made some yummy Weisenberger Mill Whole Wheat Pancakes (great mix!) and Auntie Reg made yummy Krusteaz NOT whole wheat pancakes.  Guess which ones little miss corn chip eater preferred...




I've had a couple comments and emails asking about other good sheep books like The Shepherd's Life.  Let's start a list!  A few (because I may have forgotten some) of my favorites are:

The Shepherd's Life by James Rebanks
Shepherds at Coyote Rocks by Cat Urbigkit
Adventures in Yarn Farming by Barbara Parry

Three Bags Full by Leonie Swann

Any of the Nancy Shaw books - ACK!!!  Look at the new one!!!  Sheep Go to Sleep  Added to cart!

I haven't read this, but just found it while looking up sheep books on Amazon.  Shepherd:  A Memoir by Richard Gilbert.  Sounds like a good possibility, added to cart.  I'll let you know.

What's missing?


19 comments:

Karen Battersby said...

I love that Betsy is sleeping right in the middle of the hay pile.

Erika Keller said...

Thanks for the list of books. I love reading about sheep and farming and it is always great to stumble upon a new batch!

Lori Skoog said...

I love the view!

Tina Marie the Willow Witch said...

I am currently reading and enjoying Sylvia Jorrin's books right now. Liddy, so sweet, snug as a bug.

Cheryl West said...

Thank you for the list. I will add Mr. Gilbert's book to my next order. Betsy knows a comfy bed when she sees one.

Tombstone Livestock said...

cute

thingsherelately.com said...

What amazing things you have going on over there since I last commented! Little Liddy looks like the sweetest lovebug! So just wanted a mom. *sigh* I laughed out loud when I read about Baby B. reverting back to his lamb days..."Mam..." So cute! *hugs* :)

Fiona said...

The James Herriot books...though not specifically sheep books they always bring sheep to mind and are marvelous reads!

Kim said...

Glad the cat has a comfy place to nap.

Alice said...

In hotel speak, towels on the floor mean "I'd like fresh towels" when you clean my room. Better get busy, Sara, she's planning a long stay at the Holi-Dunham Inn.

flowerweaver said...

Barn at the End of the World by Mary Rose O'Reilley is one that you and I red a long time ago. It's the memoir of the Buddhist Quaker learning to tend sheep.

Pam said...

I'm so excited to hear there's a new Nancy Shaw book-I love them all!

English sheep gal said...

What a cute set of photos of sleepy Liddy & Betsy.

Thanks for all the book suggestions, I have the James Rebank book coming over from the UK with my Mum later this year. I have a few more recommendations to add to your list - I'm not sure if these are all available here, as I brought most of them with me when we moved here, but should all be on UK Amazon.

Devon (South coast of England) sheep farmer David Kennard has some great books 'Shepherds Watch' & 'Dogs of Windcutter Down' there is also a great documentary about his sheep farm called 'Year of the Working Sheepdog' hope you can get it here, my copy is a UK PAL format DVD, so will only work on a multiregion player, not a standard US DVD player. He also went on to make some great children's narrated films following the lives of one of the sheepdog puppies 'Mist' born at the farm.

Also recommend:
Charles Bowden - 'The Last Shepherds',
Emma Gray - '1 girl and her dogs',
Tom Duncan - 'Magic Moments'.

Another unusual sheep related book, is 'Beautiful Sheep' by Kathryn Dun - this is actually a photo book of color portraits of 40 different sheep breeds, and their breed info, behind the scenes pictures of preparation for agricultural shows etc

Judy said...

What great photos! Thanks for sharing them.

Susan Mckee-Nugent said...

First I had to STOP laughing and then went to find : Shepherds and Shepherding by Jonathan Brown a wonderful little book talking re shepherds from the 1700's on in England, their tools, their dogs and of course their sheep...and other books mentioned in this one: A Shepherds's Life by Hudson. And I continue to read The art and Science of Shepherding, tapping the wisdom of French Herders. Some of it is a slog (the science bit) but all of it interesting.......to me who will probably never have to do a long-range transhumance to high mountain summer ranges :) This is Nan Bray's 'Bible' if you will, she's from Wool Gum Farm in Tasmania and she is going to go to Provence and work with some of the shepherds she has met before. I am so excited for her!

sophy0075 said...

I love finding lists of books to read!

Has Liddy tried cornmeal pancakes? They were a favourite of George Washington, gentleman shepherd (he liked his with honey)

I love how Betsy continues to nanny.

jordiw said...

I read Trafficking in Sheep by Anne Priest years ago and remember enjoying it Amazon says I bought it in 2006 which seems to be when it came out.... it would comfort ME to have Betsy so relaxed right next to me!

Lisa Smith said...

I hope third time is a charm, as my first two comment attempts went into the "comment land black hole"! I'm about a week behind, but I wanted to thank you so much for the suggested reading list. I know I was one of those who asked you for recommendations, and I do appreciate your taking the time to compile a list. As soon as I'm finished with "Cold Antler Farm" I'm going to pick up several on your list!

Laurie in Maine said...

Shepherdess: Notes from the Field by Joan Jarvis Ellison (the chapter titled DYING made me cry)

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