A Diverse Day: Shopping to Sheep

We decided to explore some shopping opportunities in Torshavn (the capital) today. We are renting a flat fairly close to the city centre. Right next door is a house with a thatched roof which are very common here.

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We are able to park just outside the house so that helps a lot. We started out to go to a shopping centre our knitting ladies had told us about. Besides giving us some good directions that have immensely speeded up our driving places, they filled us in on some signs (remember, very little in English) and some parking rules. It turns out each car has a “p-clock”. This is a dial with a clock face that you set for the current time when yiunpark. What you need to know is what is the parking time limit where you’ve parked and then get back before that time is up (pretty hefty fines for missing it). So, the parking enforcement people checking can see when you parked there. So far, so good. We have not exceeded our time!

It’s in the lower right corner of the passenger’s side of the windshield.

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Besides getting a few groceries, we managed to find the Navia shop and maybe made some purchases!

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A couple of other interesting things at the shopping centre. The area is also known for things made of glass, more like fused glass. We saw some here and hope to see more when we explore some more.

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One last thing at the centre: I am trying to learn a little Faroese while here but it is slow going. I did learn the word for “thank you” – a useful addition to anyone’s vocabulary. It is “takk” and here it is on the trash receptacle near where we grabbed a quick lunch!

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Now, on to the really important things – more sheep. Dorthea, who hosted us for the knitting group invited us to see her feed her sheep at evening. These are the ewe and lamb groups. The ewes receive supplemental feed before lambing and while they are nursing.

Their farm dates back to the 1400s. She said she was born a farmer and has known she would always do this. Her daughter is to be the next generation’s farmer in the family and they are now required to take classes and training for this. Their farm has 240 sheep and that number was set in the 1800s. How many sheep you are allowed is determined by what the land will support.

The sheep are in three groups. We got into the farm car to drive to each group. As soon as they see the car coming, they start showing up! You can see here where the feed is placed for easy eating.

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I mentioned in the last post that about 20-30% of the ewes have horns. Here are a couple examples.

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In the second group, some of the sheep had to run a bit to get fed. The steep hills you see is where the sheep will be headed soon and not come down until October.

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In the third location, the ewes and lambs kept getting separated as the lambs kept trying to figure out fences!

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I mentioned the color variety and here are some stunning examples.

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Next trip: we head for the island of Eysturoy to the east. Looking for a wool mill and more adventures!

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  1. Yummy gorgeous sheep! Thanks.

  2. Jonathan: And Herdwick! My, but they have long legs! (The sheep!). Landscape similar to here, but steeper. Any machair?

    • No machair, I think, but I am not an expert on this. At least there was no mention of it.


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