We can’t let the sheep free range any more until we finish fencing the property. They keep visiting the neighbors. It isn't safe for the sheep. I don’t mind them eating my roses since they do such a good job trimming everything up but my neighbors may not feel the same, and I am amazed how fast they wander now. The day before Thanksgiving we moved the sheep’s daytime area. The youngest 3 and I moved 200 feet of their fencing in 1 hour. I think that’s a record for us. Yay Team!!!
Thanksgiving morning I got up thinking I would take care of the animals and let everyone sleep in. Gave the cattle hay no problem. Then I went to take care of the sheep. They have 5 feet to walk between the new daytime area and their bedroom. If I hold the door open in one hand and the gate open with the other hand and stand between them. The sheep have about 1 foot of free space so I SHOULD be able to do this on my own. So I stood their holding the gate and door and Blackwell looks at me confused. I’m blocking the way to their daytime area! So she pushes right past me and runs to the area that they used to be fenced in at. The other 3 run following her. I try a few times to catch them but they are having a great time enjoying their freedom. Now instead of giving the rest of the family a relaxing morning it’s “Wake up, Get dressed, Help me CATCH THE SHEEP!” For the next 45 minutes, Darling Husband, the kids, and I chase sheep.
After breakfast we started working went back to working on the fencing on the bottom of the property to give the cattle a new pasture. Darling Husband and Teen Son worked on cutting some big dead limbs out of an ancient oak tree. Pre Teen Daughter helped me work with the Hi Tinsel Wire; pulling the wire, crimping the ends, and cutting the ends. Stick Boy helped hammer all the staples into the posts after I got them started. We worked this way until we were due to be at Thanksgiving Dinner in 2 hours then we rushed to make the food we were taking, brushed the sticks out of our hair, changed into acceptable clothes, and left to enjoy the rest of our day with amazing friends.