No, it’s not some new, esoteric form of carnivorous culinaria. ;)   Rather, I wanted – needed – to cuddle one of the darling cotton ball creatures ambling along on the hillsides since I stepped out of Auckland proper on my lucky visit there:

When winds are soft,
And the days are warm and clear,
Just like a gentle lamb,
Then spring is here.”
Author Unknown

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Spring in New Zealand is so beautiful!  If the people have charmed, the natural beauty has enchanted. Yes, the hills are green, and pastoral, and forested…with conifers, tree ferns, gum trees, wild flowers, some rolling pastures with hedgerows crisscrossing in the distance…and the ever-present and expected sheep!  And little lambs! I just gotta get my mitts on one.  I must hold one!  They trot down the hills like little rocking horses, the epitome of darlingness.

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After longingly ogling these living toys that dot the hillsides, we visited a farm with several requisite sheep.  We were there merely as a lunch stop, but I immediately begged…er…I mean, asked permission to climb over the fence and enter the paddock.  As we were trying to cop a feel of one of the somewhat elusive adult sheep, my attention was drawn by the baaaa-ing of a little lamb!  She was bee-lining for me, pink ears waving, bleating persistently and making her presence known.  She twitched and wagged her tail as I pet her and scratched her affectionately and, yes, she calmly allowed me to scoop her up into my arms.  Oh.My Goodness!  See exhibit A:  a picture of a very happy Gina.  I think it’s called bliss.  A truly gentle, innocent little babe. Her momma sheep even came over to investigate and gave her approval.  Yep, I would say I got my mitts on one.

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Lamb Squeezing in New Zealand

Footnote: It’s shearing season, as is evidenced by the flocks of naked sheep.  It seems so undignified for them to be on display like that.  Worse still are the fully frocked flocks in the neighboring fields, flaunting their intact fleece.
* View photo below only if over 18, or with adult supervision.

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Naked Sheep, New Zealand

All photos by Gina Stark, except for the ones OF her ;)

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@URKidnRite May 7, 2010 at 9:44 am

My goodness, you're the very picture of lamb-squeezing joy. There are all kinds of double/triple/quadruple entendre we could use here, but it just leaves me re-committed to visiting New Zealand and Australia. Thanks for the post! Jealous of both you and the lamb. Great Squeezies. :)

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@URKidnRite May 7, 2010 at 9:44 am

My goodness, you're the very picture of lamb-squeezing joy. There are all kinds of double/triple/quadruple entendre we could use here, but it just leaves me re-committed to visiting New Zealand and Australia. Thanks for the post! Jealous of both you and the lamb. Great Squeezies. :)

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@URKidnRite May 7, 2010 at 9:44 am

My goodness, you're the very picture of lamb-squeezing joy. There are all kinds of double/triple/quadruple entendre we could use here, but it just leaves me re-committed to visiting New Zealand and Australia. Thanks for the post! Jealous of both you and the lamb. Great Squeezies. :)

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Gina "SuuperG" Stark May 7, 2010 at 8:44 pm

I love hearing that I've inspired a world exploring jaunt! :) I can't recommend NZ enough – the people and the food were something no one mentions (probably due to the obvious attractions of scenic beauty and adventurous pursuits!) but, they are enough to match these others in reasons to GO! Soonly ;) Thanks URK, for your loyal visits and entertaining and sweet comments! Cheers m8, G

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@URKidnRite May 7, 2010 at 11:30 pm

lol, URK's a funny nickname, sounds like your choking up something. Maybe Uri. That sounds like other bodily fluids. IDK! You inspire my writing AND traveling desires!

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@URKidnRite May 7, 2010 at 11:30 pm

lol, URK's a funny nickname, sounds like your choking up something. Maybe Uri. That sounds like other bodily fluids. IDK! You inspire my writing AND traveling desires!

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@URKidnRite May 7, 2010 at 11:30 pm

lol, URK's a funny nickname, sounds like your choking up something. Maybe Uri. That sounds like other bodily fluids. IDK! You inspire my writing AND traveling desires!

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Gina "SuuperG" Stark May 8, 2010 at 1:28 am

OK "Kid" :) It's settled, and it's MY blog so I rule here – haha. Glad to inspire good things! Thanks again, friend. Cheers! G

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libbytalks May 7, 2010 at 9:50 am

This is a simply WonderFUN post! I love hearing about New Zealand, I would adore going there and you describe it beautifully! I so enjoy your travel posts. And lamb-squeezing, what a delightful past-time! The are so darling and one approached you. You live a charmed life Suuper Gina! Love, Libb

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libbytalks May 7, 2010 at 9:50 am

This is a simply WonderFUN post! I love hearing about New Zealand, I would adore going there and you describe it beautifully! I so enjoy your travel posts. And lamb-squeezing, what a delightful past-time! The are so darling and one approached you. You live a charmed life Suuper Gina! Love, Libb

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libbytalks May 7, 2010 at 9:50 am

This is a simply WonderFUN post! I love hearing about New Zealand, I would adore going there and you describe it beautifully! I so enjoy your travel posts. And lamb-squeezing, what a delightful past-time! The are so darling and one approached you. You live a charmed life Suuper Gina! Love, Libb

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Gina "SuuperG" Stark May 7, 2010 at 8:46 pm

Uh oh…you love my travel posts? I have oodles more where these came from! lol I have literally thousands over pictures and they ALL conjure wonderful memories like this one about the lamb. You are such a dear to visit and share my travels with me :) I do live a charmed life…in my friendships! Thank you my friend xoxoxo G

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Gina "SuuperG" Stark May 7, 2010 at 8:46 pm

Uh oh…you love my travel posts? I have oodles more where these came from! lol I have literally thousands over pictures and they ALL conjure wonderful memories like this one about the lamb. You are such a dear to visit and share my travels with me :) I do live a charmed life…in my friendships! Thank you my friend xoxoxo G

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@MAS_is_more May 7, 2010 at 10:35 pm

I LOVED this post and the pictures! Pictorial perfection! Your writing style is engaging and I'm waiting for your book to come out, c'mon get on it! :) You remind me that I haven't done significant traveling lately and need to find a new travel partner ASAP :) If only I wasn't so picky…
Greatness again Gina! Can't wait for the next one! :)

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Gina "SuuperG" Stark May 8, 2010 at 1:27 am

Wow Max! Such effusive praise, I'm holding myself up here :) Thank you big time! Many adventures can be had in our backyards or a short drive away. I find when I get my body into a new place, my head goes there with it (hopefully, right? ;) ) Don't MAKE me tell you about Sierra Club and organizations such as that where you can find lots of like minded outdoorers :D Thanks again for blog boosting! Cheers G

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Gina "SuuperG" Stark May 8, 2010 at 1:27 am

Wow Max! Such effusive praise, I'm holding myself up here :) Thank you big time! Many adventures can be had in our backyards or a short drive away. I find when I get my body into a new place, my head goes there with it (hopefully, right? ;) ) Don't MAKE me tell you about Sierra Club and organizations such as that where you can find lots of like minded outdoorers :D Thanks again for blog boosting! Cheers G

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libbytalks May 8, 2010 at 12:51 am

I can hardly wait to enjoy the oodles of past and future travels as you tell them in your inimitable way! You do live a charmed life in your friendships, as do I! My wonder friend! xoxoxo Lib

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Gina "SuuperG" Stark May 8, 2010 at 1:29 am

:D < see that? Big smile, Libby – BIG, I tell you! XOXOXO G

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Irina May 10, 2010 at 7:50 pm

Thanks for squishing the lil lamb for me :)

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