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Peeking lamb

Peeking lamb
No, I haven't misspelled the title of this post - there's no way anyone would make Peking Lamb from the little lamb. Surely?

From what I can tell, these are Dormer sheep, a cross between Dorset Horn rams and German Marinos. Together the two names make Dorset-Marinos, or Dormer for short.

The Dormer was specifically bred to be a mutton breed capable of adapting to cold and rainy winters, such as what we're currently experiencing in Cape Town! (It really is very wet and very chilly today, by the way!). Apparently the reason for having lambs at this time of the year is because of the abundance of food in winter, and the lack there of in summer.

It’s lamb season in the Cape

Lamb drinking milkshake
Our nieces (who live on a farm) excitedly informed us that it's lamb season in Langebaan, where they live. Lamb season invariably leads to one or two abandoned lambs - which, as you can imagine makes said nieces extremely happy. Not because their mothers abandoned them, but because they get to take care of the little ones.

This photo is of Kerry-Anne (also really excited to be playing with lambs) feeding one of the babies a strawberry milkshake. Nice hey?

For what it's worth, it wasn't actually a strawberry milkshake, it's a special formula that the farmer provides to feed the abandoned lambs.

Run little sheep, run!

Run little sheep, run!
Not being an expert at sheep-identification, I'd guess that this could be a Blinkhaar Ronderib Afrikaner sheep. Feel free to comment if you disagree. :)

I read something interesting about the origin of sheep in Southern Africa. Apparently there's no evidence to suggest that there were any sheep in Southern Africa 2000 years ago! It's believed that the Khoi-Khoi people (who migrated from central Africa) introduced us to the wonders of lamb and mutton! Now don't we all just love the Khoi-Khoi? Of course we do! :D

Beaded sheep, beaded chicken

Beaded sheep, beaded chicken
We found these farm animals wandering about in the Cape Quarter shopping center. Imagine having a couple of these in your garden. :)

Besides for the shopping center, or places like African Trading Port at the V&A Waterfront, I've seen the people who make them selling these kind of beaded animals along the road.

Specifically, I've often seen them near the Tyger Valley shopping center and on the M3, at the Kirstenbosch traffic lights. That said, if you keep your eyes peeled you'll see many similar beaded animals for sale along the road all over the peninsula.