Let's take a commercial break from our England trip and throw in some fun...for my Friday the 13th, full-moon birthday! (Supposedly there won't be another full-moon Friday the 13th until 2049, when I assume I'll be dead and buried.)
This past Monday was Pentecost Monday here in the Netherlands, a federally-recognized holiday. And what did we do? Well, just watch!
We drove back to Ottoland to the sheepfold to see the sheep being sheared.
(or is that shorn? either or?)
You may recall we were there in March to see the new-born lambs!
How is it possible that the sheepfold could have been emptied of all those sheep
in order to set up a fair-like venue for a special day!
We even bought some multi-grain flour for our bread machine, ground by a nearby windmill.
We got there in plenty of time, before it was too busy, and watched vendors set up shop.
Have you ever seen a spinning wheel like that?
Yup...to see the sheep being shorn!
Clearly many had already had their haircuts...their 3kg bundles for sale at €8 each.
Ready, set, go!
Now THAT is an education! Five minutes from beginning to end.
(The record for sheep shearing is 45 seconds. Can you imagine?)
BTW, Astrid says it's cruel NOT to shear sheep, especially for the summer months.
Did you notice how much this one seemed to enjoy the whole thing, kinda like a massage?!
In fact, even the sheep waiting seemed all comfy and cozy, as though knowing what was in store.
while explaining the properties of the fleece, with its lanolin, and such.
Just like farmers everywhere, he knows his stuff.
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As if that weren't enough, as we left for the car, we heard a ruckus across the street.
I suddenly remembered my video option and caught the last 20 at the end.
How cool is that for a holiday ho-hum thing to do!
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And since three is a charm, you know...
These were running from Hamburg, Germany, to Rotterdam, and just happened to pass by
right outside the sheepfold on the same road where the tractors also were.
Is this crazy or what! Running 560 km in 3 days to raise money for cancer.
In 22 runs over the years, €57 million has been raised thus far.
How's THAT for a day outside on a holiday weekend, shooting the breeze!