Once upon a time, there was a prince...


And his name was Charles. Somehow, it came to pass that the Prince and his wife Camilla, The Duchess of Cornwall, planned a visit to Pictou, Nova Scotia. Now not so far away from Pictou is the wonderful, wonderful, neighbouring village of RIVER JOHN. In that magical little village of RIVER JOHN on The Lismore Sheep Farm, live Gillian and John Crawford, two hard-working, wonderful sheep farmers.

Gillian and John have two wonderful, wonderful children—Rory and Katy. They have some wonderful, wonderful dogs, some hens, some chickens, a cow or two, and lots and lots and lots and LOTS of wonderful sheep. Best of all—they have sheep who have babies! At the Lismore Sheep Farm there are lovely, lovely, LOVERLY precious lambs! You can EVEN visit them!  

So as the Prince cares very much about the environment and that people learn to cherish sheep for the wool they provide for us (see link below) and as Lismore Sheep Farm and Wool Shop, Gillian and John and Rory and Katy care very much for very many sheep AND the wool they give to us and sell knitting needles like none other around the world, today was SERENDIPITY! 


  Shh! I'm going to meet a Prince! (Look at my eyelashes.)


 Mummy, I'm excited. Stay close. 

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Another mother and son: Gillian and Rory Crawford carrying a loom.  


 Beautiful, beautiful Joan Sutherland weaving on her loom. 

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There was a lot of Sutherand tartan around. A lot of Tartan period!

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The McConnell-McDonald sisters.

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Rory. After patting a sheep and waiting for royalty. 

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Group photo waiting for arrival of royalty.  

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I stayed warm. I think she knew I was cold. Wool. Warmth. Point taken. 

Some day, yes, a children's book about a lamb.


Here we go.  MP Peter McKay and Prince Charles!


Gillian Crawford, Eric Bjergso, and Prince Charles. 


Gillian Crawford and Prince Charles.  


Sue MacLeod, spinner and Prince Charles 

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  Do I look okay? 


This is about when the lambs felt a wee bit shy 

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I knew how they felt ..( no pun intended) 


But he put me at ease and asked good questions


 Are they yours? They are Gillian and John's—Lismore Sheep Farm and Wool Shop.

 (I get mine soon.)   


 Rory Crawford, with The Prince and The Duchess.  

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Lasting memory of the day : Joan Sutherland's hands. The Gaelic Choir Singing a milling song. 

Dave Gunning singing These Hands of Mine accompanied by a children's choir. The Prince tapping  his hand to this gorgeous song.

It was A Royal Kind of Day in Pictou county. The End.  

Thank you, Gillian and John, for all you do. Thank you Gilles Plante for the photos.

The Lamb
Little Lamb who made thee
Dost thou know who made thee
Gave thee life & bid thee feed.
By the stream & o’er the mead; 
Gave thee clothing of delight, 
Softest clothing wooly bright; 
Gave thee such a tender voice, 
Making all the vales rejoice! 
Little Lamb who made thee
Dost thou know who made thee
Little Lamb I’ll tell thee, 
Little Lamb I’ll tell thee! 
He is called by thy name, 
For he calls himself a Lamb: 
He is meek & he is mild, 
He became a little child: 
I a child & thou a lamb, 
We are called by his name. 
Little Lamb God bless thee. 
Little Lamb God bless thee. 
—William Blake, Songs of Innocence
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