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11.10.11

The running of the sheep.....

There  are so many reasons why I love living in a small town.....
and one of them is that the community really gets behind things....
and supports....I guess its partly because we live life in the slow lane here in Barmera...
So...any action....gets a lot of interest...LOL

Every year in October the 'Sheep dog trials' are held here on the oval.
For almost a week there is an influx of visitors...
dogs and competitors for the challenge.

Its really interesting to go and watch the working dogs do their job...
and we have often popped down for a look.

This year started with a bang...
They organised a 'running of the sheep' event...
They fenced off the main-street form the top.....right down to the oval at the bottom.
Then unloaded a mob of sheep...
and let them run...

Alex...the girls and I lined up for a good view...
and the girls were thrilled when Poppy joined us just in time too....

Here is a little story of the event in pictures....

The dog is waiting in anticipation of the start....

Here the sheep are gathering in a mob as they are unloaded from the stock carrier.


A fabulous crowd built and lined the street....


Poppy arrived just in time......and Bella filled him in on the details.....like the excitement of the sheep...
and the fact that they had done poo's and it stunk.


Finally one sheep broke away.....and they were off.....


Their feet clacked away on the road....




...a silly news cameraman spooked them....and they came to a screaming halt...


which was kind of good for us....as we got a close up view....which the girls loved.


...finally the cameraman got back on the right side of the fence....and the dog got them moving again...



Brookie was very excited ....then couldn't work out where they had gone....
one minute they were there....and then they disappeared!!
Big thanks to Bob Clarke and his band of organisers for a wonderful Barmera event....
Id love to see it become an annual event...
and it sure made an ordinary old Tuesday just a little special.

5 comments:

  1. Looks like fun. I love this like this living in a small community too.

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  2. should read things like this.

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  3. How fun for the girls to experience that and see it up close! Great pics Mardi!

    Sheree xx

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  4. That's so cool! I just love sheep. Especially lambies.

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  5. Great to see the photos Mardi... mum and dad have been a bit excited about this event, now I can tell em I've seen your photos:)

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