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Updated on July 12, 2013

Do Sheep Get Heavier When Wet?

As I was walking on a sunny day which is a rarity in these parts, something more normal happened, the temperature dropped suddenly. I shivered and then put on a sweater and kept walking.

Within seconds the rain arrived by the bucketful. In fact within minutes it became more like a deluge.!Where´s Noah when I need him, I thought. Did he forget to warn us this time? Dripping though I was, I turned to look at the sheep in the fields and noticed they had a more difficult time than me.

I mean there were some lovely little lambs,getting wet poor darlings, they are covered in wool?

They´ll soon weigh a ton, I thought if their wooly coats are anything like my woolen sweater.I can feel the garment soaking up more water with every step I take. it will soon be twice its normal weight.!

This began life as a size 6.
This began life as a size 6.

Looking back at the field, I wondered where the shepherd was? I mean, sheep do still have shepherds, don´t they and sheepdogs,? Poor darlings, stuck in an increasingly soaking field,not even a sight of Noah coming to the rescue, (but then he only took 2 didn´t he?)

I got home dripping wet in a sweater that appeared to be a few sizes too big for me such was the weight of the water it had accumulated. Long enough to be a dress, my husband helpfully observed.

I mentioned my question about wool on the sheep and he just peered over his reading glasses and called me some silly names. Not rude or insulting, just our normal sense of humour phrases. He wondered about my concern for the flocks, pointing out to me that sheep and their shepherds have had hundreds of years to come up with a plan , if they needed one..They surely know what to do, dearheart, They understand wool (the shepherds that is) and if you look out of the window you may notice the rain is now little more than a trickle and the sun is coming out.No need to cry, the sheep and the little lambs will soon be dry.

Perhaps 2 years living in the country hasn´t been enough for you to grasp the basics, love. Silly me , silly me. What do I know of country living? .........But my sweater is another story. If I lift it up and hang it, methinks it will soon fit a 6ft man, such is the weight of the water.So I lay it flat let the sun get at it, and forget about the animal kingdom for now.

All creatures are in Gods´hands and I have a lot to learn about country life.

You see a squirrel can hide in his tree, but sheep are just out there in the fields , their wool absorbing more and more rain.?
You see a squirrel can hide in his tree, but sheep are just out there in the fields , their wool absorbing more and more rain.?


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  • Dim Flaxenwick profile imageAUTHOR

    Dim Flaxenwick 

    5 years ago from Great Britain

    Dearest Colin.......... What a surprise l had when l saw my pic of the squirrels on FB..... lt took me a few seconds to realise it was you being so kind again, publishing some of my work.

    I must admit l laughed reading WET WOOL after such a long time.

    You are a wonderful, encouraging friend, . Thank you.

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    5 years ago

    What an evocative and an eye catching title my dear friend and yes it's a title to die for - along with the magnificent words which follow and tell your incredible story of wit and charm.

    Well as you must know by now I always love digging deep into any writer's past work and finding buried treasure and yes I will see you on FB with a post and a link of your page here.

    I am sending warm wishes and good energy from lake erie time ontario canada 2:20pm courtesy of Colin, Tiffy and Gabriel

  • Dim Flaxenwick profile imageAUTHOR

    Dim Flaxenwick 

    6 years ago from Great Britain

    Hi Movie Master,

    I´m happy you enjoyed this.

    Thank you for all your support.

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    Movie Master 

    6 years ago from United Kingdom

    Hi Dim, I so enjoyed this - a lovely light hearted read!

    Thank you:-)

  • Dim Flaxenwick profile imageAUTHOR

    Dim Flaxenwick 

    6 years ago from Great Britain

    Thank you so much ......

    The countryside is a nice place to bring up children, despite the many drawbacks in Winter.

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    6 years ago

    Lovely light little story. I lived in the country for years, and would walk pass fields full of horses, cows and sheep every day just taking the children to school or walking to the village shops. Those were the days,

    enjoyed reading this.


  • Dim Flaxenwick profile imageAUTHOR

    Dim Flaxenwick 

    6 years ago from Great Britain

    Hee Hee. So glad you liked it.

    Take care,


  • Angela Blair profile image

    Angela Blair 

    6 years ago from Central Texas

    Absolutely delightful Hub -- lifts one spirits and provides a really good chuckle! I agree, wet wool GROWS! Best/Sis

  • Dim Flaxenwick profile imageAUTHOR

    Dim Flaxenwick 

    6 years ago from Great Britain

    Hello rcumple,

    Thank you very much for reading and giving such an observant comment.

    I love that you found it funny too.

  • Dim Flaxenwick profile imageAUTHOR

    Dim Flaxenwick 

    6 years ago from Great Britain

    Hi there mckbirdks

    So glad it amused you.

    Lovely to see you here again. You are so supportive of me.

    Thank you.

  • rcrumple profile image


    6 years ago from Kentucky

    Naive and innocent bring a great combination to the table in this hub! The reasoning is presented with humor and actually makes sense! Great Jo! Up & Funny & Interesting!

  • mckbirdbks profile image


    6 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

    Hello Dim your story is awash with humor.


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