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Let’s count ‘Shauns’ in the City!

Jarsberry Ram

‘Jarsberry Ram’, at The Pump House

In my Monday walk this week we had a smile at ‘Wish ewe were here’.  Throughout the city of Bristol, for the rest of this month, 70 endearing sheep sculptures are to be found.  The Shaun in the City  trail, in aid of the Bristol Children’s Hospital Charity, has brought joy to young and old alike.  The detail and humour in the sculptures raises many a smile, if not a giggle!

Let me introduce you to a few more Shauns.  Just click on a photo to open the galleries.

I had gone to Bristol to watch the hot air balloon festival, in the grounds of the Ashton Court estate.  Naturally there was a Shaun overseeing the restaurant, but I had more of an eye for the lovely gardens.

Meet 'Buttercup'

Meet ‘Buttercup’

Looking back to the house

Looking back to the house

I wish now that I’d carried my ‘Shauns’ map around with me, like many of the eager-eyed children (and grandparents!) I saw.  Looking back I find that I’ve blithely walked within metres of a few of them in all ignorance.  Never mind- the show must go on!

After I left my lovely friend Viveka, I went strolling canalside.  Boats, bridges… the lure is always the same for me.  And sheep, of course.

Valentine's Bridge- isn't this a nice one?

Valentine’s Bridge- isn’t this a nice one?

Temple Meads Station was a great venue.

Are you starting to feel a little sleepy?  Not long now!  The cathedral was beautiful but I haven’t time to take you inside or we’ll never get there.  I did feel sheepish when I put my donation in the collecting box for children’s drawings of Shaun by mistake!  I expect it’ll find a good home.

'Air Fleece'

‘Air Fleece’- still raining a bit, but brighter

'on the Waterfront' I was in my element

‘On the Waterfront’ I was in my element

I have shown you only a taster of what is available to see and do in Bristol.  So what are you waiting for?  Grab a map and go!  If by any chance you can’t make it by the end of this month, Shaun will be gathering a few more friends and meeting at The Mall at Cribbs Causeway in Bristol from 12-20th September.

Don’t feel hard done by if you live in our capital!  There’s a ewe-nique opportunity to see the whole flock together at Covent Garden in London, from 24-27th September.  And if all else fails, perhaps you’d like to bid for a Shaun at auction?  Go on- you know you want to! Register here.

It’s a bit grey in Hartlepool today but looking at these has made me smile.  I hope it’s done the same for you.  Don’t forget your Saturday visit to Cate with your ‘six words’.  I hope to see you on Monday, when I will be taking one more walk in Bristol before I disappear off to the Algarve for a week or two. (it will be SO peaceful while I’m gone)

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135 comments

  1. Oh I love this post Jo tried to work out what all those ewes are made of. Maybe plastic? I must admit a leaning towards Shaun on the cob… We have large painted koalas scattered all over the Gold Coast.

    1. Have you done a ‘koala trail’ Pauline, or are they too widely scattered? I’d love a look 🙂
      Some kind of plastic finish I suppose. Very clever, aren’t they 🙂

      1. Not sure how many koalas there are ( I guess I could Google it!!!)and They were in a sculpture festival called “swell” a few years ago ( it is on again mid September) They were auctioned for charity and taken all over, some inside buildings.

    2. No, I didn’t mean you to hunt them down (poor chaps 🙂 ) I just thought you might have a previous post? Will you be at the sculpture festival, or are you elsewhere?

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