I posted a picture a wee while back of tartan coloured sheep. The other day I came across this picture also. These sheep belong to a man who's name has run from my head (was it Adams?) at Boghall Farm near Bathgate. Only Scots would make a Hall in a bog you understand. Anyway this chap has for some years past dyed his sheep various colours often regarding events at the time. Recently they were dyed purple to support the Erskine charity appeal. Erskine look after wounded soldiers and purple is their colour. Quite what was happening when he multi coloured his sheep here I know not. They can indeed be seen as you pass along the motorway from Edinburgh, Scotland's capital city to Glasgow, where we keep the lower orders. I just remember that I saw them a few years ago as we passed, i canny mind what colour they were that day however.
Many farmers now do this to their sheep, this can be done for practical purposes in counting them, twenty red, twenty blue etc, and occasionally such are used in adverts and farmers are always keen on money making schemes. Some think this harms the flock but it seems to be quite safe. Poisoned sheep do not retail very well at market anyway. Sheep can in fact cope with certain poisons very well, although copper does them a lot of harm as arsenic does us.
These boys were participating in an advert regarding Ireland in some form or other. Some folks rear sheep they have to sit outside chewing the cud with of course, but I myself would never mention this in polite company.
How easily wars begin.
Barbara Tuchman, that great American Historian wrote 'The March of Folly,' in which she shows how wars begin through peoples misunderstanding of one another and the motives behind each action. Ukraine is divided into two halves, the majority wishing to be part of Europe, the Eastern half predominately Russians descended of those moved there by Stalin wish to associate themselves with Moscow. For centuries Ukraine was seen as part of the Russian sphere, something many Ukrainians rejected and still reject. Indeed during the war many wished to support Hitler if it got rid of Stalin! Hitler merely had them shot. Today a large number wish to join with Russia and the propaganda tells them their opponents are 'fascists,' and a danger. In fact they are probably just well educated and desire contact with the EU rather than domination by Putin. I tend to side with them, Mr Putin clearly does not.
Will arms be raised in the west? It appears nothing has been said anywhere, and careful words only will be made public. A delicate stage has been reached, if Putin sends troops to retake Kiev rather than protect his port this could be dangerous.