Monday, 23 March 2009

Unexpected Alphabet No 9

A baa lamb on Unmitigated England? Whatever next? Pictures of nodding daffodils? Patience Strong verses? Blame the boys I say, wanting to go over the gated road between Horninghold and Blaston to see if the new lambs had been put out into the open field. Having recently acquired a black cat they've got a current preoccupation with all four-legged creatures, but if I'm honest I think the attraction in this south east Leicestershire field is the fact that they can swing on the metal gates at each end. Of course I then noticed that each new arrival had been aerosoled with blue paint. At first I thought it was a powerful reminder as to the order in which they had been born, but on seeing a companion with the same number assume it's the code for the mother. Anyway, forget all that, it's a great addition to the country letters and numbers I'm collecting. And if anyone thinks we've all got unnecessarily sentimental, one of the boys did give a parting au revoir out of the car window: "Mint sauce!".

10 comments:

Diplomat said...

Ah - got it - the number's obviously upside down, this is in fact number 61.

Peter Ashley said...

Of course, Diplo. It's the right way round for the bloke doing it. Unless he's on his knees. Actually, I don't really want to go there. I'm sticking with 19.

Philip Wilkinson said...

I saw a lamb at the weekend with the number 6X aerosoled on its side. Thought it meant it had been on the beer – giving a new meaning, perhaps, to the term 'aerosoled'. I prefer this story to its being lamb number X9.

chris said...

With a suitable set of stencils, a shepherd could number his flock with far more creative typography than the little lamb in your photo. How about some nice helvetica for a change? Or even a gothic blackletter typeface? Don't farmers have any imagination?

Vinogirl said...

A lovely reminder of spring at home, thank you. I have budbreak in the vines here to herald the new season.

bikerted said...

I'm not a number I'm a free lamb!

Toby Savage said...

Jolly tasty in a few weeks time when whacked on the barbeque. Nice and pink in the middle. Yum yum. I'm cooking goats cheese and red onion tart for a vegetarian friend tonight.... in case anybody's interested.

Vinogirl said...

Toby, I'd pair that tart with a nice Sancerre.
(Sorry Peter, I know this is not my blog).

Peter Ashley said...

That's alright Toby and Vinogirl. Supper menus and cooking tips are always welcome in Unmitigated England.

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