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The title of this project takes its name from the ear tag number of La Viejita, the sheep who carried the action camera for us. 

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Each walk with the sheep takes around two to three hours. The sheep are taken to pasture twice per day. 

Olive trees provide much needed shade in these walks.

Andrés keeps four dogs, one in each corner of his land. And a fifth dog as a sheep dog. 

Lambs are not taken for a walk with their sheep mothers, but occasionally one or two escape trough the fence and join the pastoral walk. 

They usually get tired and fall behind, so the shepherd has to go and collect the lamb and carry it in her arms back to the pen. 

I learnt a great deal from the generosity of the people of Belalcázar, and so did my daughters Gala, Almudena and Begoña, who accompanied me in several of my field work trips and to whom Andrés and his family taught many things, in dialogue and experiential embodiment of the knowledge. This included how and what to feed the sheep, what plants make the sheep bloat, how to pace the walks, how to choose the best tree for shade. My youngest daughter was taught how to use the shepherd stick, to rest on and to express content when the sheep had eaten well. 

After the walks we would return to the house, where the fire is permanently lit, to cook something, eat and rest. 

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