|Ouessant sheep: groundkeepers for Paris Town Hall|
There are some teasers on my facebook page if you want to have a look at what this month has to offer ! Apart from that I have been busy prepping the FRIDA adventure , which will hopefully be ready to ship to all those who signed up !, in the next two weeks! Exciting and busy times ahead for sure.
In the mean time my spinning wheel hasn’t been idle either because the Handknitters guild in May is getting closer and closer, so I have been spinning up a storm to get some angora and bunny mink yarns ready ! I was hoping to get some ready for an update this week but you will just have to wait til next week which will definitely be a super FLUFF update with angora and mink !!!!! To celebrate the Easter Bunny of course !!
This week I have some very exciting things for you as well…a very very special fibre to get your hands on, so read the story about these beauties after all the club sign up information.
Have a fabulous weekend ! Enjoy !
New IxCHeL Club sign ups are now open!
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for the months : April, May and June 2016
(til quotas are reached or until March 31st)
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French Ouessant SheepIf you happened to see the series on SBS on building a medieval Castle, there was a mention of this rare sheep breed, which was added to this wonderful project of practical archaeology in the south of France.
The reason why the Ouessant sheep were being farmed as part of their medieval project was because this particular sheep breed is the closest to the sheep in medieval times.
Even nowadays this rare breed of sheep called the Ouessant sheep, also occasionally called the Breton Dwarf, is the smallest breed of sheep in the world and comes from the island of Ouessant off the western tip of Brittany (French Bretagne) north west France where until the twentieth century they existed exclusively.
The tiny island, about 15 square kilometres in size, has been inhabited by Ouessant sheep since the 1700’s. They once numbered about 6000 in the mid 1800s, however today there are only about 3000. It is said that this small breed where favoured by the women of the island who mostly tended the flocks while the men were away fishing.
Despite their sturdy natures and their ability to withstand the rigours of their natural habitat these sheep are incredibly small. The rams are about 49 centimetres (19 in) tall at the shoulder, and the ewes about 45 centimetres (18 in)
Now the French Governement and especially some departments in and around Paris have "employed" Ouessant sheep as their eco way of keeping the grass down in and around the Paris Town hall, the Eiffeltower area and their parks.
Paris has come up with an unconventional way to keep its urban grass trim without costing the earth. Earlier this week, the city enlisted four black sheep as part of a pilot project to munch away a section of the city’s gardens in northeastern Paris.
Eco-efficient and petite in size, the four legged lawnmowers are Ouessant sheep, named after a small island west of Brittany.
"It might sound funny, but animal lawnmowers are ecological as no gasoline is required, and cost half the price of a machine. And they're so cute," says Ferme de Paris sheepkeeper, Marcel Collet.
Between April and October, the new "park workers" will graze grounds the size of eight tennis-courts in three two-week-long sweeps in a move to promote biodiversity and make the grooming of the capital's green areas more sustainable -- replacing both chemicals and lawn mowers.
Out of work, they will be resting back at a farm on the outskirts of Paris, the Ferme de Paris and this is where your Ouessant fibre in these tops come from. So you will be spinning a piece of Paris !!
"I can imagine this very easily in London and New York ... even Tokyo," said Fabienne Giboudeaux, Paris City Hall's director of Green Spaces. The ouessant-operation follows a successful stint last year by two goats that were hired privately by the Louvre to mow the lawn at Tuileries, central Paris' grand 17th-century gardens and now the Ouessant are helping too.
Parisians who cringe at the sight of poop may worry that sheep droppings could ruin their pristine city. But Alain Divo, the director of Ecoterra, a French company that hires out sheep and goats, says the poop crumbles away in days to an odourless, inoffensive powder that serves as potent fertiliser for the grass. Hiring goat and sheep lawn mowers is now a booming business. In fact, a number of French urban shepherd companies have sprung up over the years. According to Sylvain Girard, director of Ecomouton, it currently has 260 sheep working the premises of top companies such as Gaz de France. And with interest coming from Britain, Germany, Belgium and Russia, he has plans for "Ecomouton" to expand his operation.
You can spin your piece of Paris now : I have a very limited amount of beautiful natural coloured tops available for you. It is great to spin with a wonderful natural colour !
Ouessant Rare Sheep Breed TopsThe Smallest Sheep Breed in the world!
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