Complacency Kills…

Complacency Kills…

They’ll Be Fine Just For A Min…

No, they won’t be. I can make excuses till the cows come home but the fact is a grown in electric fence won’t stop a fox and sheep netting is never a deterrent  or substitute for chicken wire – and so I have had one of my geese taken to feed the cubs.

Generally I am ‘around’ even when I am writing and mostly the geese are shut inside when I am not here but, as the grass grows for hay or silage right up to the yard and around the barn, now the sheep flock is gone, the fox can get really close in and not be seen… I know that life’s a bit stressed here at the moment with Mum still in hospital – and it has resulted in sleepless worry filled nights for me – but falling asleep in the day time – at 10 am – after letting the geese out- who knew I’d ever do that? 🙁

Problem is now that my geese are shut in – they always take it very hard when one of the group dies of natural causes – old age usually – and the only other time they had a fox attack they beat the fox half to death and one gander still has the featherless neck scars – 10 years later – to prove his worth. We still have them down the barn in the field and not in the yard or their pen due to the dilapidation of the yard pen we have yet to finish fixing up – and frankly – this would have happened there anyway as the grass in the yard-adjoining field is also standing hay-in-flower right to the orchard edge –  and the Flexinet would have been over powered there too – and with me writing in the house – out of sight – I doubt the fox would have left empty handed.

At the weekend we can use some of the building barriers to back fence the yard they are in and I can lawn mow enough of an area in front of the shed that I can see them from the house – they don’t respect the Flexinet but at least they will wander up and sit under my window through the safer short grass of the horse paddock. It was seeing Gander Wilkeswood sat alone with the horses that alerted me yesterday – when I awoke groggy and stunned to find it was 3pm – to the quality of the silence under the road noise and sparrow chat and the ‘way’ you just know Trouble has found you out was like a bucket of water being slung over me.  I can ‘should-of’ on my self all day and night but the fact is – you have livestock you cannot leave things to chance – you cannot be ‘part time’ – they are your responsibility birth to death and if you want that to be to table and plate or into bank account or to service the National Debt – then you don’t screw up like this…

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June starts the Return of The Veg :)

I put up the Rabbit fence around the reduced sized patch .

Too many nettles to hack my hazel rods from hedge now so I bought bamboo – but beanz are back and the rest will follow 🙂 !st veg growing for three years since the Open House Surgery started… 🙂 Happy Day. Muddy knees 🙂

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