Sep 23, 2007

You Will Never Guess What I Did This Weekend

...not in a million years...

We went to see the European Championships in Sheep Herding! Did you know that sheep herding is an official sport? It has a website and everything. You need to check it out. The English translation is a joy (excerpt: "Here you will see the best trained sheepdogs in Europe working with sheep").

Regarding the objective of the sport, I have one thing to say:

It's. Really. Exciting.

We lasted all of 20 minutes. Hey - it was cold! Not to mention the fact that the dog runs a long way away from the spectator stands to gather up these sheep, and it takes forever for it to do so. Leaving us to look at a black dot chasing twenty or so dirty-white dots.

Kinda like Pac-Man. Except outside, with winds gusting and the occasional shower.





Don't we look thrilled to be there?

Chalk one up to experiencing life!

In other weekend news...



...I got my baby fix, courtesy of blissfully happy baby Emil (although still trying to figure out a way to keep him)...




...and because I am crazy or have some kind of cleaning fixation, I let B boy and Mathias make their own brownies.


11 comments:

morag said...

O.k. the suspence is killing me, who won the European Championship? Which black dot was the fastest...details please.
Love the baby fix picture, can you bring the baby back with you?
I wish I was there to have a brownie, cheeses, I miss everything.

Victoria said...

I love to see families being dragged to completely random activities in unfortunate weather, in which they last about 15-20 minutes. Reminds me of most of our trips. Well, except you're someplace cool and we're, like, not.

Cute baby. Souvenir? =)

Family Adventure said...

Morag, since we did not even last long enough to see one competitor finish, let alone all of them, I had to look this up: A SWEDISH girl won. Sheesh. Glad we didn't stay around for that one!
Brownies and cheeses discussion await you here.
Victoria & Morag: How'd you know I was planning to abscond with the baby. Tell me. What gave it away?

gmcountrymama said...

Wow, that sounds like something they would do in Vermont, really exciting stuff.

Hae Yung said...

I am so glad that you didn't take me to that. I can just imagine how patient Nathan would have been.
Emil looks so adorable, and definitely older. If you can smuggle him back here, we can all share him. Between Morag, you and I, we can raise him. I mean it, I would love to see Emil again.

Ann said...

He he, the picture of Christopher, says it all, looks like he is having a really good time.. Love the picture of my little baby boy, that is one of the only pictures where he is smiling..And it is very sweet that everyone seems to want to share him, but do I have a say in this? I am not so sure I am willing to send him with you to Canada just yet! Maby when he is a teenager we can talk about it....=)

ALM said...

My Ex is from New Zealand... so yes - I've actually seen this when I went for a visit. It's pretty unbelievable. But I would have been an awful cranky mess in the rain and cold...

BirdieRoark said...

OK, that was the best sheep dog championship commentary I've ever seen.

And that picture is priceless. Reminds me of when I was 10 and my parents took us to the Petrified Forrest (read: really old wood). My parents obviously over-thought the "this can be a history lesson" angle of the trip. We lasted 5 minutes before asking to get back into the car for the 2-hour ride home.

Family Adventure said...

Hi Heidi - I am sure Vermont has better things on offer!
HY - Yeah, wouldn't be a good fit for Nathan. Unless he could see it as a computer game or something. Of course, he'd have absolutely no control over that darn dog! That's the most frustrating thing.
Ann - The mother knows last, don't ya know? You have no say :)
Alm - everyone says New Zealand is pretty similar to Norway. Case closed now, I think.
Birdieroark - My son thanks you for understanding!! :)

Rimarama said...

And I thought it was bad when my parents used to drag us to the Lithuanian folk art exhibits!

Gina said...

I have seen sheep-herding demonstrations at the county fair and I actually thought it was kinda fun. I'm a geek like that.