That was something my Dad used to say when his John Wayne sensibilities wouldn’t let him coo or fuss over a cute baby. Appreciative, yet understated. It was the 1960’s version of the “Cuteness Overload” comments we now see about cat videos… Watching the arrivals of John Churchman’s spring lambs over the past few weeks in Vermont (please see https://www.facebook.com/pages/Sweet-Pea-Friends), I must say it’s quite accurate about the appeal of speckled babies of any kind!
Eyes are always a challenge when doing “portraits”, but sheep eyes simply take the cake – their pupils are horizontal, and rectangular. The area around the eyeball is much like other mammals, lovely fringed lashes, a bit of an eyelid (I think, although I’ve never been close enough or paid enough attention to actually see one blink come to think of it…), a smidgeon of eyeliner from all appearances. BUT – that rectangle in the middle is quite unique.
Another challenge on this little fella was that the speckles were spattered all over his nose, making nostrils a bit awkward. But the fun part about the various babies arriving in close order is noticing that each one really has a funky little face all its own, thus the Quilt Block Border. Some have ears the size of Michigan, some have freckles, some actually smile! I can’t remember if my “model” was Atticus, Speckles, or Freckles, but I suspect there are about 2,000 other people on Facebook who are sharing John’s farm adventures and can probably tell exactly which lamb he is!