Tuesday, 15 July 2014

Sheep playing hide and seek.

When we are away from the farm we always keep the sheep down the front where the fences are good and the sheep are more visible to our next door neighbour who keeps watch for us when we aren't there..

While we are there we often let them into the house yard to eat the grass, they may as well have it in their bellies instead of us mowing it.
Tilly loves the sheep, she gets so excited when  we go to do anything with them, she watches from the verandah when they are in the yard and if the put a single foot too close she hunts them out, they are only allowed( according to her rules) in certain areas.
Once we arrive, we usually open up the back gates and let them up the hill behind the house, it is a steep  rock face with 4 WD access only but plateaus off up top with about 10 acres of neglected bush  for them to wander around in.
On our last visit they didn't  wander back down much so  the day before we had to leave we went up to  locate them and bring them back down the front.
We head up the track with Tilly racing ahead of us like a crazy dog,  she used to run up and disappear   and find us later, running crazy all over looking for rabbits and wallabies and roos"s, but now she is old, she only goes up the hill once or twice a visit, it knocks her around too much these days.

We wander around looking for the sheep, and when looking at the photos later I find this pic of me taking photos(sneaky man...I had handed him the small camera to hold  for me walking up the hill,as it is steep with loose stones, and  if I slipped I needed to have at least one hand free)..
We finally found those  cheeky sheep, in a little  grassy hollow ,nearly right at the back of our property.we gathered them up and walked them  back towards the road for what we hoped would be  an easy  wander back down the hill. But they had other ideas, they gave us the right royal run around but  we finally got them back down .

While we were up on top I took a few photos of the outlooks from there from a few different directions.

The photos above are looking north toward the Warrumbungle mountain range.The top one overlooks our house down below .

And these two are looking west.I am so in love with  our surrounding landscape, I wish I could paint, I would spend every waking minute up there.In the meantime the camera  has to do.

The top  pic is looking down toward our house as you decend on the track, and the other is just a bit of the rock face I love, We have often seen  wallabies  camping  up there at times.

While we were at the farm we got a call from another neighbour who is a  part timer like us, worried that he wasn't able to get there as planned and that he had his sheep locked into an area too small to stay  in for the exteneded  time, he asked  if hubby and his brother would check on them and open gates or do whatever was needed.
They did as requested   and  found the sheep were in urgent need of drenching, and that it shouldn't be delayed until  the neighbour returned, so the brothers 2 got together and did the drenching. They work well together and love any excuse to  hang out  together and chat.(as do us girls)
As we were leaving the following morning, we  stopped down  the front to take this photo of the sheep, laying around, relaxing and  just looking so content. A nice way to leave them until we return again soon.
take care everyone until we meet again.

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