I loved this so much I watched it several times. It’s a 19-minute New Yorker Documentary on the life of Welsh shepherd Evan Wilf Davies, who cares for his 70 sheep alone, in a beautiful place that is changing rapidly. He’s a wise man, who in his 73 years has learned how to be happy. He sees his primary work as looking at the sheep every day, to “make sure they’ve got plenty of food and water and everything is on their feet.” No spoilers, but I’ll admit that I re-watched him making his breakfast, on a hotplate in a shed, because a saucepan of custard-enriched oatmeal with fresh grapes sounds like just the thing to get the day off to a good start.
He’s just lovely, and this is a gem that I’ll save for my thinking time and evening walks.
Plus, if you’ve never laid eyes on a Plynlimon Speckle sheep, here’s your chance. You can watch the full documentary via the link up top.
If a 20-minute movie isn’t enough for you, here’s 12 minutes more: a poignant little love story with John Hurt and Phyllida Law.
Yours in trying to be present, polite, and always helping somebody,