Stórá – the river that runs through our valley and village before cheerfully mingling with North Atlantic waters down by the beach – burst its banks and extensively spilled over to the neighboring grassland and ground recently.
As soon as I became aware of the situation, I texted my friend Frida: „ Any sheep on boats passing by?“ Reply: „No, sorry. Three laughing crying smileys“. Making up sheep jokes: That’s something we do all the time. With good reason. Faroese sheep are capable of many things. And they do crazy stuff under your nose at all times.
Their rhythm of life: Summer mountains, winter villages, to put it simply. Meaning that, at this time of the year, you bump into sheep every other second. Characteristic features: High jump meetings (sheep grazing on grass roofs). Conclaves (sheep blocking sheltered corners and house entrances). And beach parties (sheep accurately investigating washed-up algae and salt content of incoming waves, probably for mixed drinks).
Situation comedy all around. All you have to do is pay attention. Take, for example, the picture above. Cheeky sheep & stranded boat. A scene I captured during a village walk. I mean: What exactly was little innocent up to when I bumped into the situation? First hop over a mossy wall, then get ready for boarding? Numerous encounters with sheep, providing tons of material to quicken the imagination (grid). My Faroe Islands. See what's next. Small Town Sheep, Season 1.
Episode 1: Dizzy Speed. Sheep on its way home, ready to grab car keys, cellphone and shopping list from kitchen table. A journey into the unknown. Episode 2: Confirmed Criminal. Wolf in sheep’s clothing, unashamedly ignoring what poop bags and garbage cans are made for. Episode 3: High Society. Green lawnmower on grass roof. Up one minute, down the next? Stay tuned! Episode 4: Forbidden Fruit. Longwool bachelor secretly planning a private dooryard party on other people’s property. Delivery status of invitation cards: in progress. The mailman just arrived at the house next door.
More sheep in the Faroe Islands (about 70,000) and on my blog (check out categories and website footer tag cloud). Faroese lawnmower in action: Sheep on a Shaggy Grass Roof