Oessant sheep - first in an Irish theme-park, now in a French book

@JudyEv (130208)
Bunbury, Australia
July 29, 2017 1:23am CST
Most of the camp-sites we’ve been have ‘little libraries’ where you can exchange books you’ve finished with for ‘new’ ones. Quite often, there are a least a few in English as well as German and Dutch. One I picked up yesterday is really enjoyable and tells the story of an English man who buys an old house and few acres in France. He purchases some Oessant sheep. I remember seeing these at a theme park in Ireland and thought they were really cute. They are named after the island where they originated which is off the coast of Brittany. They are a short-tailed breeds, sometimes called the Breton Dwarf as they are one of the smallest breeds around. Rams are around 49 cms (19 inches) at the shoulder and ewes very slightly smaller. Most are black or dark brown but white ones are also found. The rams usually have impressive horns. It is regarded as a rare breed and usually just a single lamb is born. Wikipedia say that the Paris city government is now using a small herd of these quaint sheep to graze public lands. The photo is from the theme park in Ireland and it looks like they are a self-shedding breed. And the book is called ‘C’est La Folie’ by Michael Wright.
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@much2say (40041)
• United States
29 Jul 17
They are different from the typical sheep I am thinking of. Their size sounds so cute!
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@JudyEv (130208)
• Bunbury, Australia
29 Jul 17
I wish I'd got better photos of them. Here's one but it doesn't show the small size.
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@JohnRoberts (60971)
• Los Angeles, California
29 Jul 17
@JudyEv Those sheep are lights out!
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@JudyEv (130208)
• Bunbury, Australia
29 Jul 17
@JohnRoberts I love how you find out about something then it turns up several times within a short period.
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@LadyDuck (170828)
• Switzerland
29 Jul 17
The use of sheep and goats to graze lawn and public areas are becoming more and more popular, in France they call this "écopâturage" (ecologic grazing). In Switzerland goats are used instead of sheep, due to the steep hills and mountains.
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@JudyEv (130208)
• Bunbury, Australia
29 Jul 17
I think it is a really good idea with many benefits and few disadvantages.
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@LadyDuck (170828)
• Switzerland
30 Jul 17
@JudyEv There are only a few disadvantages, but a lot of benefits. I think to ask to the farmer who had a hundred sheep not far from here, to bring a couple time by time to clean my lawn.
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@JudyEv (130208)
• Bunbury, Australia
1 Aug 17
@LadyDuck And the lawn would be fertilised at the same time - but you may not want to sit on it for a while.
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@jstory07 (69145)
• Roseburg, Oregon
29 Jul 17
I did not know any of them were self shedding. That is interesting.
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@JudyEv (130208)
• Bunbury, Australia
29 Jul 17
There are a few breeds that are self-shedding. I've written about them from time to time. Here are some that were paddocked near our property.
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@JohnRoberts (60971)
• Los Angeles, California
29 Jul 17
@JudyEv That one is just staring at you.
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@JudyEv (130208)
• Bunbury, Australia
29 Jul 17
@JohnRoberts The two on the right look very strange with the wool still on their backs.
@xFiacre (4795)
• Ireland
29 Jul 17
@judyev Is self-shedding a trendy euphemism for tatty-looking?
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@YrNemo (14246)
29 Jul 17
good one!
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@JudyEv (130208)
• Bunbury, Australia
29 Jul 17
I think it must be. Certainly some self-shedding sheep really make me want to tidy them up,
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@dollaboy (6153)
29 Jul 17
Pretty Interesting to know. Nice piece of information, thanks-Judy
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@JudyEv (130208)
• Bunbury, Australia
29 Jul 17
I'm glad you enjoyed it.
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@dollaboy (6153)
29 Jul 17
@JudyEv Thanks, Judy Evans
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@gilggg (2662)
• Israel
29 Jul 17
I didn't heard about them, thank you for this post it was very intresting and make me learn about a new kind of animal.
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@JudyEv (130208)
• Bunbury, Australia
29 Jul 17
There are some very unusual domestic livestock breeds around.
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@YrNemo (14246)
29 Jul 17
I should buy a few for my lawns if they are that small. The one in the photo does look cute.
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@JudyEv (130208)
• Bunbury, Australia
29 Jul 17
Miniature animals are all very cute I think.
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@YrNemo (14246)
30 Jul 17
@JudyEv I still remember when my demanding little girl saw a program on TV about some cute miniature horses. She begged and she begged, 'please mom, can we have one as a pet!'. I am glad she understood at the time that we couldn't afford it, and that even if we had afforded one, it would be pinched so fast by someone else.
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@JudyEv (130208)
• Bunbury, Australia
1 Aug 17
@YrNemo Miniature anythings are cute aren't they? And then the babies are even more cute!
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@Tracy04 (10821)
• Malaysia
29 Jul 17
I had a nice read. Have a nice weekend!
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@JudyEv (130208)
• Bunbury, Australia
29 Jul 17
It was my birthday today and it's been a good day thanks.
@Tracy04 (10821)
• Malaysia
30 Jul 17
@JudyEv happy 2017 birthday! May your wishes be granted within this year. God bless!
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@JudyEv (130208)
• Bunbury, Australia
1 Aug 17
@Tracy04 Thank you very much for the kind words!
@MALUSE (42644)
• Germany
29 Jul 17
I wonder how you pronounce the name of the brand.
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@JudyEv (130208)
• Bunbury, Australia
29 Jul 17
I don't know. I haven't heard it pronounced.
@TRBRocks420 (81104)
• Banks, Oregon
29 Jul 17
Very cool looking sheep there.
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@JudyEv (130208)
• Bunbury, Australia
29 Jul 17
They are quite cute really.
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@teamfreak16 (41175)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
29 Jul 17
I love the Little Free Libraries. We have a few here in town.
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@JudyEv (130208)
• Bunbury, Australia
29 Jul 17
They're great aren't they? I took photos of many of them last trip but I haven't seen so many this time - except in caravan parks.
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@teamfreak16 (41175)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
29 Jul 17
@JudyEv - We have one across the street from us.
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@JudyEv (130208)
• Bunbury, Australia
1 Aug 17
@teamfreak16 There is quite a big one where we're staying tonight so perhaps I'll find some English ones for Vince before he runs out.
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@Nawsheen (22991)
• Mauritius
31 Jul 17
There are different kinds of sheep. Nice to know about that. Thank you for sharing
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@JudyEv (130208)
• Bunbury, Australia
1 Aug 17
There are many, many different breeds of sheep. I think perhaps you have more goats than sheep on Mauritius?
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@Nawsheen (22991)
• Mauritius
2 Aug 17
@JudyEv Yes definitely. Very few sheep over here.
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@mandala100 (48334)
• Hong Kong
29 Jul 17
@JudyEv Thank you so much my friend for your very interesting discussion about Oessant sheep.
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@JudyEv (130208)
• Bunbury, Australia
1 Aug 17
And thank you for reading! I'm glad you enjoyed it.
@mandala100 (48334)
• Hong Kong
1 Aug 17
@JudyEv Yes I really do my friend.
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@jobelbojel (7558)
• Philippines
29 Jul 17
I haven't seen such breed before. It is amazing to know that there are different species of animals that I know of except sheep or probably other animals that I may not know of.
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@JudyEv (130208)
• Bunbury, Australia
29 Jul 17
There are dozens of different breeds of farm animals. I enjoy learning about them.
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• Philippines
30 Jul 17
@JudyEv i am learning!
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@cahaya1983 (10039)
• Malaysia
31 Jul 17
Wow, that is one unique breed! And I find it really interesting that they have those little libraries at the camp sites. That's new to me.
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@JudyEv (130208)
• Bunbury, Australia
1 Aug 17
Last time we were here (two years ago) we saw 'little libraries' in many of the towns and villages too. Then when we visited Luxor in Egypt there was one in the hotel where we were staying.
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@thelme55 (14944)
• Germany
29 Jul 17
I have seen these sheeps in Ireland. They are beautiful.
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@JudyEv (130208)
• Bunbury, Australia
1 Aug 17
I think they are beautiful too. We don't have them in Australia - at least not that I'm aware of. .
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@andriaperry (56353)
• United States
29 Jul 17
That is nice that people share books! They look so nasty when they self shed.
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@JudyEv (130208)
• Bunbury, Australia
1 Aug 17
They don't shed their wool nicely and all in one go do they? They look very bedraggled.
@DianneN (82202)
• United States
29 Jul 17
Very interesting breed. I'm amazed at all the different varieties of sheep I've seen in different countries. I didn't notice this breed when I was in Ireland.
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@JudyEv (130208)
• Bunbury, Australia
29 Jul 17
I doubt they are common in Ireland = just that they happened to be at this wildlife park.
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@JohnRoberts (60971)
• Los Angeles, California
29 Jul 17
That is a book Herc could really get into.
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@JudyEv (130208)
• Bunbury, Australia
29 Jul 17
I think he would enjoy this book very much!
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