Thursday, May 9, 2013

Wandering Ewes

At the end of March, driving into town, I did a quick 'ewe-ee' to turn around and drive up to a house to ask the residents, "Do you know your sheep are out by the road?" They had turned them loose to graze in the yard, but didn't realize they had gone out that far. I asked whether I could take a few photos as I left.

We really don't have many sheep in this part of Texas. This is one of maybe two places I've even seen them.


The mister of the property came down the driveway as I was leaving and gently called to them, "Come baby. Come baby." The ewes meekly turned and followed him back down to the pasture without question.
Linking to Friday's Fences

153 comments:

Terri said...

The lure of that fresh green grass was just too much for them!

Bruce Clark said...

Sheep in Texas...back in the old days didn't you get shot for that :(

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Nice of you to stop and alert the owners:@)

Jacquelineand.... said...

Nice of you to stop and help...and the sheep following him meekly is just sweet.

Marcoantonio Arellano said...

'ewe'r something else! :-)

Steve Gravano said...

Could have been ewe road stew! Here in the northeast they dod slow down for anything!

eViL pOp TaRt said...

That was nice of you to tip the owner on the stray ewes. Ewe the best! (Awful pun!)

DeniseinVA said...

A neat photo op is your reward. Great picturees to share with us. Thank you, they are so cute!

georgettesullins said...

That's happened a few times with the cows and calves on our property seeking taller, greener grass. The calves just worked their way under the barbed wire and the cows alerted us to a broken fence.
Good thing ewe came driving by.

Tammy said...

Oh, they are so c-ewe-te! Love all that wool!

Lisa Gordon said...

Awwww, they are just adorable!

Buttons said...

Morning Tex aaaawwww he called them baby and they came I LOVE that. B

Margie said...

Awww, I love looking at sheep in a field, and up close for certain. Worked out that you were able to snap a few pics!

Deb said...

Lol... Too bad cows don't listen that well ... Cutie pies

Pix Under the Oaks said...

I love to see sheep in a green field! Good thing you noticed and got some sweet snaps!

Tree Hugger - Suzan said...

NEAT way to mow the grass!! Nice shots!

Nancy Claeys {dot} Com said...

I love that they responded to their "owner's" command. Sweet captures. I want a sheep or sheeps now.

Pom Pom said...

Oh, they have such lovely black faces! I do love sheep. I have a picture of Gumbo Lily's sheep right by my desk at school. Someone asked me yesterday why I had a sheep picture just below a grandbaby picture. Funny! I love sheep because I am one. I'm my Shepherd's sheep.

Beth @ E. lizard Breath Speaks said...

were you looking for a new pet? cute. ( :

Sandra said...

just looking at their faces makes me smile and feel happy. and the come baby made me even happier. so Texas still doesn't like sheep...i loved all the books and movies about range wars and the mean old sheep herders... i got to touch a sheep once and i was shocked at how it felt, i was thinking soft and cuddling and it wasnt

Paula Fraker said...

Awwww... bless their hearts~ so glad you saw them before they wandered out into traffic! :(

DJan said...

Good thing you made that ewe-ee so you could get those pictures to share! Come baby... :-)

Molly The Wally said...

Blimey you wouldn't get that over here. They'd probably run off. Great pix and many a time we have had to get out of the car in the countryside and herd them back into fields off the roads. Always a tricky one as they can be flighty. Have a terrific Thursday.
Best wishes Molly

Brian King said...

They don't seem to be paying one bit of attention to having their photo taken! Their normal pasture must be coyote proof. Very woolly critters!

Dicky Bird said...

Cute pictures - grass must have been greener down there. Are there a lot of goats in TX? One of my cattle friends said that they are a good companion and eat the grasses that the cattle won't. Blessings from Wisconsin.

Primitive Stars said...

Top Of The Morning To Ewe, :) love the pictures of the sheep, they are beautiful.... and how great to just come when called, he must treat them well......Blessings Francine.

Jan n Jer said...

Nice bunch of wool! Looks like they are ready to be sheared!

Tombstone Livestock said...

hmm, someone left the gate open, oh, doesnt' matter there is no fence along the driveway, LOL, so glad you let the owner know looks like a busy road.

Julia said...

Ah, if only the cows would listen to the farmer's voice like the sheep do to the shepherd.
Great pictures. I love the wheel under the gate. It makes it a lot easier to close it. Great idea.

Hugs,
JB

Kate said...

I adore lamb, until I see photos like these. They look so peaceful and calm.

Cheryl @ TFD said...

Do you have the wild hogs in that area? I remember my brother saw several when he lived in TX around the Bowie area. You did a good deed, T! Loved seeing the pics you took.

joeh said...

Ewe best get outta thar afore the bullets start a flyin, pretty sure that is cattle country!

ladyfi said...

So cute and woolly!

Here I Am/Carrie said...

Always nice to catch a glimpse of other animals. These guys look pretty healthy. The lambs are so much fun to watch when they playing. WE had sheep for many years at another property we lived at.

Denise at Autumn Sky said...

We have quite a few sheep in this area. Lots of people keep a llama for protection of sheep or goats. My favorites are the Barbados which don't have wool that needs to be shorn. I thought about getting some for eating down the star thistle, but then I'd need a llama or something....ugh, no more mouths to feed.

Chatty Crone said...

Whose ewes? Lol sandie

Gail Dixon (Louisiana Belle) said...

A "ewe-ee"--haha, love it. They are so sweet. What a wonderful photography opp. :)

MTWaggin said...

One wooly ewe, surprised they havened sheared them yet. Never trust sheep to stay put! LOL

EG CameraGirl said...

I'm amazed to see how clean they look. Here they seem to enjoy rolling in leaves and mud and always have bits an pieces caught in their wool.

polkadotpeticoat said...

When I lived on our farm all of our cows knew their names and would come when called....we never had sheep though. I bet they get hot! Heidi

sparkle100-havealook.blogspot.com said...

Nice of you to tell the owners .

Great photos and so gracious of you to ask to take first.

The sheep sure looked cared for. I adore sheep.

When they are babes I could hug them like a dog.Such sweet faces.

Thanks for sharing.

MarkD60 said...

Ewwwwww! Ewes!

Gail said...

It good that they can roam.

andy said...

There's your good deed for today !!! Have a great day

don said...

I'm glad you stopped and contacted the owner about the loose sheep. You got some find shots of them too. It was very interesting that he could simply call to them and they would come.

Bev said...

They are so cute!!

Grandma Barb's This and That said...

Great photo op for you! I love that they came when he called them.

Sylvia K said...

That's great!! Love the sheep!!

Icy BC said...

They look fabulous to me, and quite well behaved too..Love the fact that the mister called the "Come, baby, come"..so sweet!

Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

So sweet that they followed him so easily!! They are sure cute sheep... wool, baby! wool! ;) blessings ~ tanna

ReltiH said...

SE NOTA QUE TE ENCANTA LA NATURALEZA. Y ESO ME ALEGRA MUCHO.
UN ABRAZO

Dianne said...

I love that they come when called!

congrats on your POTW mention, I've been so behind in visits, haven't been feeling well
hugs

Maggid said...

They do not seem concerned about having portraits taken . .
"Mister" calling in a loving manner must be the tip off . . hm??

Love It!
Thank you.
-g-

Andee said...

Oh I love sheep!

Bewildermunster said...

Oh what an adorable story, I want farm animals! :)

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

What well behaved sheep! They must've felt contrite after the big escape.

Digi-Irma said...

Beautiful sheep, so cute that they followed the boss.
Best wishes, Irma

Barb Brookbank said...

It turned out to be a great photo op for you! How lucky!

Mariette VandenMunckhof-Vedder said...

Dearest Theresa,
Glad you did warn the owner as they for sure would have been in trouble! Great photos you took.
Hope your Ascension day was a sunny one; like it is for us here.
Hugs,
Mariette

Cranberry Morning said...

Beautiful! And I just can never get enough of sheep. (as is attested to by my blog) :-)

MarmePurl said...

Dang. Would have been nice if they had wandered all the way up to my place.

Karen said...

I guess he is the alpha sheep!

Debby@Just Breathe said...

Love the pictures, they are so pretty.

Farm Girl said...

OH that is so sweet. They look like nice sheep to me.

nic.b van es said...

ze zijn ook heel mooi.

SweetMarie said...

I'm so glad you stopped! You're an angel. :) I like how they listened to their owner. So pretty!

FOREST SNAPPER said...

In the forest of dean near where i live the sheep are free to roam in the woods and on the roads, how do these sheep cope with your texan heat with those coats on?


peter

RedPat said...

It must be hot for sheep in Texas.

Ana Mínguez Corella said...

Lovely sheep.. So pretty!!!. Regards..

Ms. A said...

Looks a little dangerous that close to the road.

eileeninmd said...

I glad the sheep were safe,thanks to you! They are cuties!

Robin Lamb said...

T, how cute is that!! I'm surprised they listened to him like that!
You broke me up with Ewe-ee!!!!

Patty Woodland said...

Not like goats. Goats don't do anything gently

Wayne (Woody), whatever said...

They are clearly well treated. I would have never expected them to come when called. Maybe they are not prevalent in TX because of the heat? I can think of a half dozen farms with sheep around here.

Raggedy Creations said...

They look right at home in Texas with all the longhorns LOL.

Felicia

Janey and Co. said...

Hopefully they said " thank ewe"

Our Neck of the Woods said...

Aww, so cute! I'm glad you took some photos of them. Your "ewe-ee" comment made me laugh :)

Frank said...

Now this was something I didn't expect to see from Texas!

Dar said...

Instant flash-back!!!of days when the folks raised Suffolk sheep on the farm...They really can be a gentle breed and have the most wonderful wool. Thanks for this sweet memory.
BlessYa

Furry Bottoms said...

such docile creatures :)

Red said...

Sheep are not usually too smart so they don't do what they're told. this guy must have really worked on training them.

edenhills said...

Silly sheep. They know when they're doing something they aren't supposed to do!

Rose said...

What a great photo session! Sheep always seem so gentle to me.

bailey-road.com said...

They're beautiful animals.

Bob Bushell said...

Lovely sheep, we have plenty of them.

MICKAN from QUEENS FIELD¸.•°`♥✿⊱╮ said...

The farmer must be happy when you told "them" about the sheep's.

Judy said...

Love the second to last shot! I wonder how deep their wool is.

barbara l. hale said...

Bo Peep could have used you around, I think. Great pics! You can tell by looking though that they have kind of one track minds.

Andrew Fulton said...

It's great to see you have sheep in Texas... there's plenty around here but they are reared for meat rather than wool these days.

Sally Crowe said...

Glad you posted this; as it is the closest I've even been to sheep. You have so many places, things, animals, fences to photograph, and always a great job.

xoxo

Stephen Hayes said...

As obedient as they are cute.

McGuffy Ann said...

I love sheep. These are great shots!

DIMI said...

Nice of you to tell the owners!We have a lot of sheeps in our area!Great shots!
Dimi..

Leovi said...

Yes, I like those sheep, and the sheep's milk cheese, nice photos!

Linda R said...

You had me smiling with the 'ewe-ee' turn you did. So glad you got to snap off some shots and share them with us.

Hugs~

Susan said...

That is so cute how he called them. So cool!

Karen said...

Lovely pics, not too many people do good deeds these days, you are one of the blessed who does. Have a great weekend.

Chris Rohrer said...

I love these critters and it's always fun to see something new around the landscape.

parker said...

Gentle little muttons you found. Sounds like these were the owners pets.

Jeanne said...

Awwwwwwwww!!
They are sweet creatures.

Jim said...

Cute.

Sketchbook Wandering said...

So cute, so warm, literally, so fuzzy...The owner seems to have an affectionate regard for the sheep.

Barb said...

As meek as sheep - it must be true. They look like they should soon be shorn.

Fireblossom said...

Sheepies! :-)

Genie Robinson said...

We have cows getting out into the road all the time, but no sheep though we do have a sheep farm just a couple of miles from the house. These look like VERY healthy and well fed sheep. I love the tender call the owner have them. genie

Karen @ away for the weekend said...

Ewe-ee :-)
The farmer sounds sweet.

Montanagirl said...

Ha! The grass is always greener....How sweet that they followed him home so obediently!

wildlifewatcher said...

Hi Theresa, Wasn't that the old historical tug-of-war between the cattlemen and the sheepherders in TX and much of the west of the 19th Century? Modern day sheep are more welcomed in many places. Have a great Friday tomorrow!

Maple Lane said...

I love the photos. So happy you came along

Larry Ostby said...

Those two are ready for the shears. Don't think the Texas heat would treat them to well. A nice series of photos T.

Michelle said...

I always love seeing sheep. Don't know why! lol

Stephanie said...

These are great!

Linda said...

"My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:"(John 10:27)

She Who Carries Camera said...

such a clever title and you are a great neighbor!

Paula said...

Sheep look so soft and cuddly.

Lynne said...

Liked seeing the wandering Baaaaa's . . .

Randy said...

Too cute.

Happy Homemaker UK said...

What a fun surprise! I LOVE seeing all the sheep (and lambs) in England - seems a little hot for them in Texas though? Have a great weekend!

Margaret said...

Awe. Truly so sweet!

Linda said...

Aww, cool sheep!

pattisjarrett said...

New characters! Glad the story had a happy ending.

Karen Frost said...

So nice of you to alert the owners! Just a day in the life, right? They are very sweet.

Lasse said...

Nice of you to tell the owners. You should come over here, lots of sheep around ;))

Laura. M said...

They wanted to go for a ride :))
A kiss.

Hanne Bente said...

Nice pictures of some cute sheep. We have many sheep / goats here. Drill the close of three units where they graze. I really like sheep and goats, find it funny animals :)

Pantherka said...

Great photos.
Yet that you she asked the owner, and to share with us great pictures.

Tanya Breese said...

oh how cute! i just want to hug him! and wow, i didn't know they were such good listeners :)

s.c said...

By seeing your photo's without reading the text I thought that this fence didn't his job. Now I know but lucky that nothing happened. Lovely sheep by the way.

orchid Miyako said...

Dearest Theresa,
Oh, really cute ones and how kind of you♡♡♡ To tell the truth, I was born in the sheep year and never have I seen one p;)

Sending you lots of love and hugs from Japan to my American photographer friend, xoxo Miyako*

Catherine said...

Cute!
xo C

Tina C said...

'pulled a ewe-y' !
I like sheep- none around here.

Pamela Gordon said...

How sweet! I love sheep. And they do need a shepherd to guide them and they know their master's voice. Blessings, Pam

Fjällripan said...

Sweet sheeps :))

Betty Manousos said...

wow, soo cute!!

i LOVE sheep! for some reason..

xo

Hilary said...

"Come baby" How sweet is that! Great pics, ewe got there. (laughed at the ewe-ee." :)

Anne (cornucopia) said...

Great photos! And good of you to tell the owners.

Rita said...

Would that all animals were so obedient--LOL! ;)

Marie said...

Oh, I just love sheep! You got some great pictures. How cute they came to their owner's gentle calls.

wayside wanderer said...

What a great shot of the coat and that funny little tuft of hair on top of his head. Cute creatures!

Liz Needle said...

Cute but silly. They've probably been hand raised to make them so quiet. The'mister' is probably regarded as the leader of the flock, so they followed him. Sheep tend to do that - where the leader goes, the others follow. Have to admit though that the black-faced ones are very pretty.

Nature in the Burbs said...

Awwwww!

Sandy Carlson said...

Pretty!

petspeopleandlife said...

I never tire of looking at sheep. I like these pics a lot.

Steve n Vickie said...

Great sheep pictures. They're awesome.

MyMaracas said...

Good thing you stopped! You got some nice photos as a reward, too. I love that they came when called; I didn't think sheep did that.

JM said...

Cute black-faced sheeps!

Donna said...

LOL, I love how they come when they are called!

Liz said...

Lovely shots!! Love how they respond to his call!

Paul said...

First thing that came to my mind as I read through your comments about the farmer gently calling his sheep...

"My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:"(John 10:27)

Nice pictures!

Jeevan said...

That’s sweet how they call them, and nice of you inform them about the sheep! They are photogenic :)

bon bon said...

look at those ruffles! i hope you got some petting in too.

Helma said...

Cute sheep with black heads that :-) Glad you had a few pictures of might make and also that the woman knew now that her little sheep had walked too far away :-)

Faye said...

A Ewe Whisperer! Any idea what kind? Fascinating the way their fleece almost "cords" around their bodies.

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