(c) John Corney 2011
This black-faced sheep was in a paddock up the hill from my family home in Wanganui. In New Zealand any field that is fenced to hold livestock of any kind is called a paddock. I notice in the U.S. only fields that fence in horses are referred to as paddocks, otherwise they are called "fields".
This paddock illustrates a few of the classic features of a "Townie-farmer", that is to say, someone who has an acre or two to amuse him or herself on a part time basis while they hold down a job in town: pasture that contains weeds, in this case quite a bit of bullrush, and a slack wire fence strung between fence posts that were probably homemade. The sheep, however, is in tip-top condition.
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