I went to see my friend Lucy on Tuesday.  I haven’t seen her since before Christmas so it felt like a long time since I had driven across the moors to Skipton.  We had a lot to catch up on … my Winter Haven KAL has started and her Harbour Blanket CAL has started and we know that lots of people are doing both of them (phew, that’s a LOT of crafting) … and of course just general chit chat of the type that anyone with good friends knows all about.  Nothing in particular, but lots of laughing and a rise in your well-being levels that you can physically feel.  It’s definitely something to be grateful for!

As I drove over the moors, I saw that the local farmer had moved his sheep so that they were able to graze right next to the road.  You couldn’t really miss the signs, they were regularly posted along the road but people do drive fast and sheep are unpredictable so I guess it’s only wise to warn people to slow down!

A tarmac moorland road on a misty day. The hills and trees in the background are covered with the mist and slightly out of focus. There is a metal sign board with the words "Sheep on Road" painted in red

The sheep were keeping well out of the way.

A moorland on a misty day with green pine trees in the distance and flocks of sheep, some with black faces

Some were close to the road but obviously didn’t feel the need to dice with death by tap dancing across it (what do you mean, sheep don’t tap dance? Are you sure? 🤣  ) but they did give me some hard stares as I stopped to take some photos and say “hello”.  I don’t know why I speak to sheep, cows, horses or other animals in fields, I’d fall over if they spoke back!

Six sheep on a moorland with a row of dark green pine trees behind them. The moorland is shades of brown and green. The sheep are white, some with black faces, and some with bright blue dye on their fleece Two white sheep on a moorland. The sheep facing the camera is white with a black face. The moorland is shades of brown and green

And then I was in Skipton and spending a lovely day with my friend … and more friends at the Tuesday Knit n Natter.

A red cup on a green saucer overflowing with hot chocolate, cream and chocolate sprinkles. Next to the cup and saucer are a green half-knitted sock and a ball of yarn. All is on a wooden table.

The WIP sock that I’m finishing (yes, I am definitely going to finish it!) as part of the Winter Haven KAL is coming along nicely and I managed to work the heel flap and heel turn whilst chatting which has to be some kind of record for me as I usually end up spending the rest of the evening unpicking what went wrong whilst I was too busy talking!

And then it was time to go home.  These days when you’re having a lovely time go so fast, don’t they?  It seemed to be over in the blink of an eye, and as I drove back over the moors, the murky day had turned into a fabulous sunset which was glorious to see.  I just needed to remember to look out for the sheep.  This sign, in particular, was very insistent!

A road sign next to a moorland road. The red letters on the white background read "Sheeep" (sheep with 3 E's)


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15 Responses

  1. CJ says:

    Love the signs. Fast drivers are a real problem in the New Forest for the ponies and donkeys there, hope the Yorkshire drivers are better! What a lovely drive to see Lucy though, you both live in such a beautiful spot and your photos are gorgeous. CJ xx

    • winwickmum says:

      Well, if signs are needed then you can perhaps imagine that they aren’t! I think that ponies and donkeys are probably as unpredictable as sheep, though, so it may not always be down to the drivers … if they’re anything like my dog they have no road sense at all! 🙂 xx

  2. Linds says:

    Sounds like a perfect day.

  3. ChrisG says:

    I love to think of my 2 favourite yarny bloggers catching up together, the luxury cuppa looks good! I always talk to animals too – their knowing expressions as they just stare back 😆 gorgeous bright day for driving!

  4. Peggy says:

    Love the sign, made me laugh! Thank you for sharing it with us!
    I talk to animals too! Next to my house is a school and they have some goats, a donkey and a pony. I talk to them every day, but only when nobody can hear me…

  5. A knit and natter sounds like a perfect way to spend an afternoon especially when it involves good friends. We have lots of those sheep signs round here too, some of them say Slow sheep on road, when my son had just started reading he asked why we needed warning about slow sheep as sheep are always slow!

  6. Carol John says:

    So lovely to read your blog. Thank you for brightening my January!

  7. Lisa Holmes says:

    A fellow random animal greeter here! When they’re peering over a fence at you, it seems rude not to at least say “Hello”.

  8. Deborah says:

    What a wonderful day! Thank you for an uplifting post. The yarn you are using looks lovely, squishy and soft. I went back to a previous post to see what it is. Love the color and pattern, too! I am enjoying making my basic sock for the Winter Haven KAL. I am making Lucy’s Harbour Blanket as well. Thankfully busy and happy!

    • winwickmum says:

      Ah, I’ve been knitting these socks for so flipping long that I forgot that someone might not know what the yarn is! 🙂 Home stretch now … I’m glad you’re enjoying both of your KAL/CALs! xx

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