Day 36 – UK – Sheep and sheepdogs

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Today started with a grocery shop at the Tesco in Aviemore. We then walked up and down in search of crafty shops to buy stuff in. But there was only one and they didn’t have anything especially nice. I was rather dissapointed as I remembered some good shops here 10+ years ago. Amy did spot a Goldie though :-).

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We then drove the Highland Fork Museum.

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This is an open air museum that is amazingly free to get into. First up we watched a film about the museum and then visited the 1930s school house. Then down to the 1700s highland village. It was great to get a real feel for house people once lived.

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The girls were also able to dress up.

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And Christy had fun pretending to grind oats.

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We then headed back to the cafe for some lunch. Today I had a roast veggie quiche – it was nice but would have been so much better heated up.

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And I had some of this orange hedgehog slice. The caramel slice was Amy’s.

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After lunch we explore the other end of the museum – which was more about farming. And we found a cute hen with 8 little chicks.

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Lastly the girls visited the play park. It was a great one and I think Christy could have happily spent hours here.

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From here we went to the Leult Working Sheepdog Farm. When we arrived the dogs (well some of the 18) all came running to greet us. I was surprised how much they wanted to be patted – even nudging our arms much like our own dogs would.

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There were some 10 week old puppies as well, already in training.

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And, of course, the sheep.

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At 4pm it was time for the demonstration. This was amazing. Watching one of the dogs bring some sheep from the back paddock. All the dogs were just itching to have a go.

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I took most of the photos with the Nikon but took a few to share with you now. The shepherd lined up the dogs and had one of the dogs weave the flock through them. So clever.

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He also sheared one of the sheep….

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and the girls got to have a turn as well…

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Lastly they got the bottle feed the lambs.

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We enjoyed our time with the pups and sheep. Unfortunately Poppy wasn’t feeling the best (possibly coming down with the flu). We drove back to the caravan park and I got a load of washing done while dinner cooked. Christy went off to play with some friends. Pop rested and had a bit of a sleep. Amy played on her DS and I played on the computer.

Oh, and I forgot to show you the mismatch socks I got yesterday. Aren’t they cute?

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