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Middlesmoor, Altogether Elsewhere at the end of the road in the back of beyond of Nidderdale.


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Some of the retirement flock waiting for their breakfast at Stean.


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Ewes passed and present, including one with her fleece coloured up in ‘Herdwick Red’  to be shown, and another – known locally as Mildred, who has just been caught raiding the hay barn.

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Some younger ewes with their lambs. Lambs are born with a black colouring but often with white ears.

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Some very young lambs, less than a week old and a pair of identical twins in May time !

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As the lambs become older, they gradually change colour and their faces and legs whiten more and more, until  by 2-3 months they are the colouring they will remain for the rest of the year until shearing – the last photo is a mum with a pair of young twins at 4 months old.

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The first image shows a group of young females at about 6-7 months old, by the second image one of that group is shown as a year old and ready for shearing.

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show the same individual, first when she was a mischievous youngster of about 5 months old and second, as a young shearling about 18 months old.

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The rams, or tups as they are called locally, from a young lad through to mature tups waiting for the breeding season to start. The older Herdwicks are again in their red colouring for showing, the paler of the two was known as ‘Bruce Willis’ and sired some big strong lambs.

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Herdwick wool, whilst it still on the sheep and illustrates the very different type of fleeces each sheep has grown.

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Shearing time of the Middlesmoor Herdwick flock, when all the different natural colours of the sheep and their lambs become very clearly seen, with the colour mixtures continuing when the fleeces are fully clipped.

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These are images of the different lengths of fibres that can be pulled apart from the fleece, through different processes in woollen spinning and worsted spinning and the products and yarn that can be made.

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Last but not least show some pals of the sheep – Andy the spaniel, Jess the Golden Retriever and a little pet lamb called Buster who lived with his pals before heading south to Nottingham.