Globe-trotting sheep flock to pastures new

Sue Cansdale from Hartburn village near Morpeth who has made her own flock of sheep to travel the world.
Sue Cansdale from Hartburn village near Morpeth who has made her own flock of sheep to travel the world.
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MORE globe-trotting sheep figures have been made by a Hartburn woman thanks to extra demand.

Artist Sue Cansdale originally made 10 miniature Northumbrian blackface sheep, each with their own name, passport and diary.

Like the travelling gnome phenomenon, they were sent out to friends across the world and they have been asked to pass the creations on to their friends in other countries so each can have a global adventure.

An online blog has been created to keep people up-to-date with their travels — with Oliver of Otterburn already enjoying sightseeing in Sydney, Australia, and breakfasts with Rainbow Lorikeets, a species of parrot found in Australasia.

Now another eight are also going to visit a range of interesting places.

Mrs Cansdale said: “Since the media coverage of what I was doing, I have been amazed by the interest in the travels of my Northumbrian sheep.

“We have had so many exciting invitations which could not be turned down.

“There was nothing for it but to get out my pliers, scissors and fleece once again to make another eight sheep.”

One of the new breed is going out to South Vietnam with Catherine MacDonald from Morpeth. Catherine has named it Precious and the sheep will go on to visit more of her friends in Japan.

Another is going to join Emer Crangle, an artist currently helping the people of Iran as an aid worker.

Lugless Douglas is starting his travels with farmer Terry Forster from Consett, and Dick Thompson, who works as a locum vet in south east Northumberland after 20 years in mixed practice in the north of the county and is also the recent past President of the Sheep Veterinary Society, has taken possession of Lady Maairy of Corridge.

“Dick hopes to use his worldwide professional contacts to ensure that Lady Maairy covers the globe studying for her thesis in Acquired Intelligence of Sheep at a few veterinary conferences about the animal,” said Mrs Cansdale.

“Maairy will include the Falkland Islands in her itinerary.”

The Hermitage School in Chester-le-Street, County Durham, has named its sheep Hermie.

He will go skiing with pupils in the French Alps in March and in July, will join a team of them on a World Challenge expedition to the Indian Himalayas for one month.

A troup of Rainbows, Girlguiding’s group for five to seven-year-olds, who meet at Sunniside in Gateshead is linking its woolly Rainbow with its round the world badge project.

Details of each journey are being posted at