Sunday, 19 February 2012

"Shepherd sed Owd Ned grabbed a feasant"

This was inspired by a true situation. On 19th September 2011, I was doing some visual bird migration Counts at Hutton Roof in Cumbria. And occasionally I see the shepherd passing by, at this time of year during the darkness. And this particular morning he stopped his jeep and wound down the window down and told me about seeing the fox. He spoke in very much dialect. Hope you enjoy:

"Shepherd sed Owd Ned grabbed a feasant!"

Went up owd Clarthorpe, reet tu top,
Tu carnt all burds thas moving.
Today lucked good and Mipits wer abairt,
Shepherd stopped jeep and said,
Wat ar ti doing, what art ti lucking fer!
So a towd him, I wer here cowntin Swallers.

Tha cowntin Swallers, that's gud stuff hi sed,
Tha nus it wer bout half hour ago, before tha come,
A si Owd Ned carrying a feasant in his gob,
Just darn theer, it wer greet to si,
He just wacked street past me,
Ye a pheasant in his gob it wer.

Shepherd then started to drive off back darn to Clarthorpe,
Hi wer chuckling, and sharted owt tu winder,

A bet he'll be smacking his lips nay"...........