Blaze Farm Mule

16 x 12 inches,   Oil on Canvas,   2011

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Blaze Farm is a mixed working farm situated on the A54 Buxton to Congleton road.  In July each year, at shearing time, a weekend is set aside where many wool interested guilds set up their stalls and display their crafts to the general public.  There are demonstrations of shearing and the Blaze Farm flock  provide the usually unwilling subjects of this exercise!  In sheep farming, the term Mule is used to refer to a cross between a lowland sire, usually a blue faced Leicester and a purebred upland (or hill) ewe. At Blaze Farm, these are Swaledale dams.  Their fleece is sent for carpet manufacture. 

 Blaze Farm is locally noted for their  tea rooms and wonderful range of ice creams produced from their own dairy herd.  Neither should be missed if you are in the area, but not on Mondays as they have a day off!