Ode to North Ronaldsay Sheep Festival
A long time ago in a faraway land…………
There were lots of people around to give a hand.
But population declined as time went on
And the high winds blew and that wind was strong
And parts of a dyke built in 1832
Fell down, fell in and the sheep went through:
they left the shoreline and went into pasture
and there grazed on grass, which was a disaster!
For a diet of seaweed and grass do not mix –
The sheep species is endangered - this needed a fix!
A newly founded organisation and folk from the isle
Got together to plan and were on Countryfile…
The facts were presented; the message was clear:
If you want to help us, then get on up here!
Emails were sent, ideas unfurled…..
For a Sheep Festival – here !! - in this part of the world.
Volunteers planned breaks , booked flights and beds
And many travelled by ferry instead.
Well done to all who have played a part
Whether building or baking or displaying art;
the activities programme was varied and wide -
many walked around the island, some fished at high tide.
We’ve spent time on North Ronaldsay, it’s now on our map
And do you know what? ‘ you guessed it?
We’re gonna be back!
© Claire Maguire, 2016