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Friday, 8 June 2007

One of our most famous snapshots!


This little gem of a photo was taken in the mid 1960's. The sheep is on top of our first house in No.7 Hafod Druffydd, Blaenau Ffestiniog. Hard to believe but this is a real photo, not a manufactured one. As you can imagine it has been entered into loads of competitions and according to my dad was published in The News of The World at sometime. How did the sheep get there? Well, at the back of the row of houses there was, or possibly still is, quite a high wall which reaches up near the edge of the roof and it was chased by a dog. It therefore walked along the ridge of the roof from 3 houses down to where it was photographed. Eventually a local farmer who owned the animal had to get on the roof and get it down.

Pity it wasn't filmed!

2 comments:

Leigh said...

I wonder how the sheep felt about it all.

Gwyn said...

Hi Leigh and thanks for your comment. As far as I know the sheep was not a regular visiter to our roof! It doesn't look particularly bothered does it? Probably wondering what the fuss was all about. There is a photo (somewhere) of the farmer trying to get it down,and how long it took I don't know. Sheep could end up anywhere around where I lived, and it was a problem solving excercise for the farmers of the area. I purposely included this photo as it had the Moelwyn mountain in the background. The left hand side of the Moelwyn was apparantly an extinct volcano (my dad bumped into a geologist one day while taking photos at one of the quarries). At the bottom of the mountain is the Tanygrisiau power station, which is very near where your great grandfather Morris, and my great great grandmother, Grace, were born.