To mikebottomley: Cooling off.............

  • Thank you, Mike, for your kind remarks about this one.

    I suppose, when you're sweating at 40C, the thought of a frolic in the snow could be quite appealing!

    I tried to look in my archives for a picture to fit those lines which I think are wonderfully suited to this time of year. This, unfortunately, was about the only one I could find. It would have been nicer to have a picture with a gate a bit more prominent in the frame, but I thought this was fairly appropriate. Perhaps some darkness beyond the gate might have been better too.

    Yes, some Blackface Sheep might well have looked good in this picture. Some Scots might be offended by your saying "English" blackface sheep as the breed is probably most common in Scotland. But, apparently, there is evidence that this breed has existed all over Britain for at least 500 years. Blackface are amazingly resilient and well suited to existence in cold and bleak conditions. They taste good too!

    Kind Regards,

  • G'Day, John,
    Oh, Oh, I done it again.... I did not mean to offend any sheep.
    White or Black Faced... English or Scots.
    Must remember:
    "Posts that are openly critical of any individual or group of people based on race, color, national origin, ethnicity, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, family relationship, age, mental or physical disability, religion or religious beliefs will not be tolerated."

    Just remembered when I took Gail to UK, found painting in a pommie museum..and to my shock, look what I found.
    The guy was a scot !!
    Regards Mike.
  • Be careful, Mike!
    Hi Mike,

    Be careful: remember that your fellow countryman, Andrew (macondo) is a moderator here!

    Actually I quite agree. Sometimes this race/ethnicity stuff is just overdone. Unless, of course, there is any ill intent. I, myself, am actually English although, having lived in Scotland for over 50 years, I guess I'm pretty well naturalised. Also, a good friend and colleague of mine who hails from New Delhi loves to sing that wonderful song, "Oh, doctor, I'm in trouble, oh, goodness, gracious me...." and can sing it far better than Peter Sellers (with his face covered in boot polish) who sang it, if I remember correctly, with Sophia Loren. All good, clean fun and no malice at all.

    I loved that link to the artist, Farquharson. Some of those paintings looked rather good. But I liked the fact that, because he painted so many pictures of cattle and sheep in snow, he became known as "Frozen Mutton Farquharson"!

    Kind Regards from your old Limey Pommy friend,


    P.S. On the subject of intolerance, I recall that there was a fellow called Kevin Wilson whose rather bawdy Aussie songs went down a riot over here a few years ago. I haven't heard of him for some time.
  • Kevin Bloody Wilson he calls himself..still doing the rounds of local country pubs, I am over him..we hired him for our works dinner a few years back, he aint changed.
    Time to FESS UP...I was born in Lancashire, England, went to school in Burnley, lived in OZ now 50 years, and no I did not realize Andrew was a moderator, better stop hanging it on him...I will be really nice next time I critique him,(maybe !) and I first saw the Farquharson painting in Towneley Hall Burnley when I was a kid, and it has stuck with me all these years.
    Catch you later John
    Regards Mike.