It seems so long ago that the Chinese New Year was launched back on the 19th February 2015 and announced as the Year of the Sheep according to the Chinese zodiac. The ‘year’ continues until 7 February 2016.
As I walked, my mind often wandered to sheep. The paddocks were dotted with these woolly bundles. The first merinos were sent by Governor King to Hobart in 1805. More varieties of sheep were brought into Van Diemens Land from the early 19th century as the colony established itself; firstly for meat consumption and then not long after for wool. The establishment of woollen mills followed. These days sheep farmers around Tasmania continue to supply our nation’s butchers and supermarkets, and the fashion industry via fine wool fabrics.
Friends and blog followers know that sheep figure in my list of loves (Refer to an earlier posting). Therefore, it should not surprise you when this post concludes with photographs I took last year of a very large marble sculpture installed in Stockholm Cathedral, Sweden. Stunningly beautiful!