The post at number 5 was from the Cinematic Advent Calendar which I posted back before Christmas in 2012. The post in question was #24 – Back to the Future and as 2015 was the year in which Marty McFly went to in the film series, it’s quite apt that it in this year’s top ten.
Over 2015 there were seventy Shaun the Sheep sculptures places all across Bristol and the top two posts on the blog were about these Sheep. At number two was Ten out of Seventy and the most read post was about all seventy sheep, Shaun in the City.
Out of the 70 Shauns across Bristol we managed to capture 62 of them.
These are the eight we missed. Luckily other people managed to capture them on film.
We did in fact find 12. Bumble but we were driving pass and decided it wasn’t safe to stop and we would go back at some point, we never did.
Over on Henleaze Road was 14. The Tale of Peter Rabbit™ a somewhat scary looking rabbit-sheep hybrid.
The very 1970s looking 15. Groovy Baby!
We had intended to visit Ashton Court to see 16. Buttercup and 17. Flora but it was pouring with rain on the two days we thought we might have time to do this. So both sheep were missed. Buttercup was in the courtyard next to the cafe.
17. Flora was also at Ashton Court, up by the Golf Club.
32. Sparkles the Unicorn was hiding away on Horfield Common, what stopped us was the sheer amount of traffic around Bristol, on what should have been a quiet day for vehicles.
Looking very tasty is 33. Star Bake next to the Boston Tea Party on the Gloucester Road,
Another one where the amount of traffic contributed to missing them, this time it was 34. Primrose at St Werburgh’s City Farm.
Photographs by Mary Kelly on Flickr CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 who managed to capture all seventy.
Yesterday saw the end of the great Shaun the Sheep hunt.
In the end we managed to find and photograph 62 out of 70.
A combination of weather and traffic in the end stopped us from completing the challenge. Thoiugh we did do it, it wasn’t that much fun to trudge through the rain and the mud finding Shauns. Also we had to go to Bristol to do it, and the M5 was too often a slow moving car park.
Over the next week or so I will post the photographs of the Shauns we did managed to capture.
There is an opportunity to see them all (with the London Shauns) in both Bristol and Covent Garden over September.
Despite the rain we went hunting Shauns last Sunday.
Over by the back of Park Row next to the Bristol Grammar School we have 29. Thunderbirds Are Go, with Shaun masquerading as Thunderbird 2.
This Shaun has blue LEDs that light up at night, as we were there in the day we didn’t see them. This Shaun is surrounded by mirrors, not sure why, as there aren’t that many hidden details. I like the pointed nose though, which is strange as Thunderbird 2’s nose isn’t pointed!
Outside the Royal West of England Academy we have 30. Rex. This is either Shaun dressed up as a dinosaur…
…or is it a dinosaur which has swallowed Shaun!
Up on Brandon Hill is 26. From Dusk ‘til Shaun who, as it was quite wet, was surrounded by mud. He is very bight and colourful taking in both night and day imagery.
43. Lotus is outside the offices of the place which started all of this so long ago…
…of course we’re talking about Aardman Animations. Looking very much like a Chinese Ming vase, this ornate blue and white Shaun stands guard outside the very offices of the company that created him.
The first few Shauns (about 15) in the full list of 70 are scattered around Bristol. There are three at Cribbs Causeway whilst number four is at Bristol Parkway Station up in the north of the city. This is 4. Starstruck, a blue Shaun covered in white stars.
This is quite a challenging Shaun to photograph, partly as you really need to drive to find it (or go by train I guess) and the short term car park is full of people not just picking and dropping off rail passengers, but also lots of people like us photographing and visiting the Shaun.
Despite the rain we went hunting Shauns last Sunday. This time we headed to south Bristol and in my previous post we found two by Ashton Gate and the Riverside Garden Centre. It was then onto the South Bristol Swimming Pool in Bedminster to find 50. Shear-lock Holmes.
To be honest though I lived for five years in Bedminster and Southville back in the 1990s, I didn’t realise or know there was a swimming pool here. So this was my first visit, and we weren’t even going swimming.
There are some really nice details on this Shaun, I liked the pictorial links to Sherlock Holmes, the violin, the pipes and the London themes that are all over the sheep. Very cleverly done.
I did like Shear-lock Holmes, though not entirely sure about the connection with swimming? Sometimes the Shauns seem very much linked to the sponsor or their location, such as 47. Championsheep, however this one, no idea what the link is.
Over in North Street is the bright orange 48. Jasmine.
Like some other Shauns this one is in quite a quiet remote part of Bristol.