Tag Archives: Middleton Place

Sheep On The Lawn, Middleton Place

The sheep have free run of the lawn in front of the House Museum at Middleton Place.

 House Museum, South Flanker, With Sheep on the Lawn
House Museum, South Flanker, With Sheep on the Lawn

A brick fence keeps them out of the Azaleas and garden areas.

Sheep on the Lawn, Azaleas
Sheep on the Lawn, Azaleas

Most of the time the flock is pretty sedate, but occasionally one and then all will think they need to investigate something. Sheep, the original FOMO (fear of missing out) creatures.

Sheep on the Lawn, Azaleas
Sheep on the Lawn, Azaleas

 

Cashmere Goat, Dinner Time

I stopped by the Middleton Place stable yard just as the Cashmere Goats were having their dinner.

Cashmere Goat, Feeding
Cashmere Goat, Feeding

One of the pair was plopped in the middle of their manger, hogging the hay and  taking advantage of a padded eating spot.

Cashmere Goat, Feeding
Cashmere Goat, Feeding

The standing goat went for a drink then shared his take on the situation.

Cashmere Goat
Cashmere Goat

Middleton Place Heritage Stable yard
April 5, 2021

Colorful Barnyard Chickens

Along with the heritage breed Coastal Sheep that have free run during the day at Middleton Place there is a small mixed flock of colorful chickens.

Barnyard Chickens
Barnyard Chickens, Perched on Sheep Pen Dividers

The  Sheep had just been penned for the evening and needed a bit of grain to induce them into their quarters.

Barnyard Chickens, Sheep In Their Pen
Barnyard Chickens, Sheep In Their Pen

The chickens were well aware there might be droppage available for pecking.

Barnyard Chickens, Rooster Crowing
Barnyard Chickens, Rooster Crowing

They also seemed to know not to get amongst the sheep until they settled down,

Barnyard Chickens, Rooster Preening
Barnyard Chickens, Rooster Preening

A fourth fancy-looking fellow joined the crowd on the safety of the divider.

Barnyard Chickens
Barnyard Chickens

The big rooster decided to move on, dropping into an empty pen that is awaiting the birth of lambs, expected any day now.

Barnyard Rooster in Flight, or Glide
Barnyard Rooster in Flight, or Glide

Middleton Place
March 30, 2021

Musical Cherubs

A troupe of five cherubs are nestled in one of the garden paths at Middleton Place.

Musical Cherubs Statue
Musical Cherubs Statue

You first see it down a straight shrub-lined path, which draws you in.

Musical Cherubs Statue
Musical Cherubs Statue

Last week when I was there some late Camellias were in bloom.

Musical Cherubs Statue
Musical Cherubs Statue

A closer look of the Cherubs; it looks like the statue has recently been cleaned, which rather highlights their imperfections.

Musical Cherubs Statue
Musical Cherubs Statue

Years ago Ted called this statue “Freaky Babies” so of course that is what I think every time I pass it. He a nice B&W version from a visit in February which in a post he aptly named  Freaky Babies. 

House Museum at Middleton Place

Seen through a Camellia hedge across the great lawn, the South Flanker at Middleton Place

Middleton Place, House Museum
Middleton Place, House Museum, South Flanker

March 24, 2021


Prior to the Civil War the main house was flanked by the North Flanker and the South Flanker, which was built in 1755 as gentlemen’s guest quarters and a business office.

From the Middleton Place website:

Both flankers, along with the main house, were burned by Union troops in February, 1865, just two months before the end of the Civil War. The South Flanker was the least damaged of the three buildings and repairs to it began in 1869 and included a new roof, Dutch gable ends and an entry hall leading from the Greensward. Thus strengthened, the South Flanker survived Charleston’s Great Earthquake in 1886 that brought down the gutted walls of the other residential buildings. By 1870 the Middletons had returned to live again at Middleton Place and the South Flanker continued to serve subsequent generations until becoming a House Museum in 1975.
middletonplace.org

Sheep-pede, Part 2

The Sheep bolted for the barnyard after the Sheep-pede and seeing the pressure washer. Their caretaker went back to the barn, too, for some grain. Clearly the group was won over and towards their pen they trooped.

Sheep and Farmer
Sheep and Farmer

Except these two that stayed behind cleaning up some grain that got spilt by the group leaders.

Two Sheep Cleaning Up Spilt Grain
Two Sheep Cleaning Up Spilt Grain

The shepherd continued to call and one of the two wanted to be with the group more than he wanted a snack.

Running Sheep
Running Sheep

The final hold out was determined to do a thorough job.

One Last Sheep
One Last Sheep – Cleaning Up

Then he scampered along to join his pals.

One Last Sheep - Wait For Me
One Last Sheep – Wait For Me

Sheep-pede

A low key stampede, but these sheep were on a mission.

As part of their Heritage Breeds program Middleton Place maintains a herd of Gulf Coast Sheep that roam the grounds freely during the day.

Herd of Sheep Herd of Sheep

Every afternoon the animal staff go through a process of securing the animals for the night.

Herd of Sheep Herd of Sheep – Getting Closer, Me not ready with 100-400 mm lens!

The sheep know the routine and easily headed towards their enclosure when it was their turn.

Herd of Sheep Herd of Sheep

They got a surprise when they got closer to their nighttime quarters and decided they would mill around rather than go by a pressure-washer that a worker had been using to clean fence that evidently hadn’t been there when they left that morning.

Herd of Sheep, Milling Around Herd of Sheep, Milling Around