Most farms in Upper Teesdale have Swaledales as their stock. These sheep are very hardy, surviving the winter outside on the fells. So if a farm was to be sold, the sheep would be retained on the farm, ‘hefted’ means they’ve become accustomed to their own grazing limits. If the weather stays mild, Autumn is a great time to be painting outdoors. In particular, the peat landscape of North Pennines comes alive for me. It’s mood darkens but the colours sing. However, one must be careful whilst choosing a decent vantage point from which to paint! Chasing sheep around the fells anytime of year, can start tounges wagging! These hardy fellows were caught grazing near Langdon Beck, on the road to Alston. I swear they smile back at you!