Reddle Theme, Ochre, Reddleman, and Thomas Hardy

I just started using the Reddle theme. It replaces Clean Home that I was using until today.

[ http://theme.wordpress.com/themes/clean-home/ ]

What does ‘reddle’ mean, I wonder?

It turns out is is a red iron ore used in dyeing and marking, otherwise a pigment made of ochre.

And the hero of Thomas Hardy’s The Return Of The Native is a reddleman – someone who travels around the country marking flocks of sheep with reddle.

Reddle is a variant of ruddle. And it is a pretty easy step from there to ruddy, is it not?

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