Thursday, 26 February 2009
This morning when we went to do our usual early morning check on the livestock the gate from the paddock to the fowl's run was open and the stable door shut. I accused my husband of not taken enough care, as he was the last to check on the animals yesterday evening. However we soon discovered that the door from the fowl's run to the work's yard was also unlatched. That certainly wasn't my husband's doing or indeed his Uncle's, who is the only other person to have access. This means that someone has been wandering around. The property borders the churchyard on one side and a public footpath on the other. If it was just youngster fair enough (well.. sort of) anyone else is of more concern because in addition to my livestock, my husband runs his business from the property. It is reasonably secure as all doors to the sheds and main gate are padlocked.
The livestock came to no harm but the thoughtlessness annoyed me. I had closed the fowl's run off since January so that it had three months in which to rest and the grass to grow before I put Annie on it for lambing - that has now been spoilt. It also means the sheep are unsettled because they know there is fresh grass the other side of the gate. They get their fresh drinking water from the stable, they do have access to other water but the stable water is the only one not muddied by the geese.
Not knowing if they will return is unsettling. There is usually some one around the yard most of the day and we are checking on Annie in the evenings. We will just have to check again later in the evenings. We will also leave the geese out. At this time of the year the ganders aren't too fond of strangers, especially Henry the old gander. He is more than capable of seeing off any intruder and the noise created will hopefully alert my husband's Uncle.