Aloysius and his bad boy gang of five led me on a merry chase this morning. I went out to feed the boys and there where only 13 heads bending at the feed trough. So with a bucket containing some lamb nuts in it, I set off through our woods and around the neighbors fields.
Calling and calling, usually I would hear them call back saying “we are over here” but there was not a sound. Finally I find a small paddock and in the back end are five very bad boys not saying a thing. I walk into the small field, call giving the bucket a shake and they respond with a loud greeting and gallop towards me.
I must say I don’t blame them as the field is deep in very nice grass and if I were in their shoes I would have escaped into this field. The magic bucket does it’s trick and they trot out the gate following.
We have to cross a field or two to get to the gap they have made of tumbled down stones in our wall.
We walk through some tall grasses full of meadow flowers then down into a mowed part of the field all the boy’s following me without a bother.
Here is a short film of the bad boy Zwartbles woolly jumpers returning into our field from over the broken down wall and joining the rest of the good ram lambs.
Now to repair the wall would take some time and as money is in short supply at the moment the best temporary fencing would have to do, pallets and baling twine. I’m lucky as today it was due to have rained heavily but the mountain Slievenamon seems to have had her fun & split the clouds so no rain down our Nore valley but loads either side. So I was able to do all the work in dry but very humid weather.
Heading up the lane way the lambs all hear the quad approaching so crowd the gate.
When I get to the broken down wall Aloysius and his gang are hanging out, waiting to go back across the gap.
These five boy’s hang around, inspect, get into and get in the way of everything I do while closing their escape gap.
I soon have about half of the new pallet fencing up standing and lashed in place with baling twine.
Finally Aloysius is getting board of all this or sees that his escape gap is slowly closing so thinks about going for another visit next door while the going is good, so jumps up on top of the wall.
His gang see him there and start to follow him.
I grab the bucket and shake it bringing them all back into our field.
I continue working away slowly as there is only me doing the job and the stones keep rolling at awkward moments.
Finally only a narrow gap remains.
The whole time I have been working Aloysius and his gang have not strayed far except for their one escape attempt.
I’m about to close up the trailer when the rest of the ram lambs coming galloping over to see if any food is going.