The Lost Flock by Jane Cooper is an amazing story of one woman's passion for rare-breed sheep and their wool, topics near and dear to our Thistler hearts.
This is the remarkable and rare little horned sheep breed, known as Orkney Boreray, and the wool-obsessed woman who moved to one of Scotland’s wildest islands to save them. It was Jane Cooper’s passion for knitting that led her to discover the world of rare-breed sheep and their wool. Through this, Jane uncovered the ‘Orkney Boreray’ – a unique group within the UK’s rarest breed of sheep, the Boreray, and one of the few surviving examples of primitive sheep in northern Europe.
As her knowledge of this rarest of heritage breeds grew, she took the bold step to uproot her quiet suburban life in Newcastle and relocate to Orkney, embarking on a new adventure and life as farmer and shepherd.
"Jane Cooper combines intelligence, heart and passion to create a life of integrity not only for herself but for one of the rarest breeds of sheep on the planet... Her trials and triumphs offer a stellar example for others to follow in their own ways. Bravo!" -Deborah Robson, coauthor of The Fleece and Fiber Sourcebook