After a busy day, it was time for the fire to be lit, wine to be poured and feet to be lifted.
My favourite time of day.
I’ve gotten very used to the incredible peace and quiet of Paradise, even though we have assorted animals sharing the space.
However, you know that feeling when something just doesn’t quite stack up? I can never usually hear our three Belties ( Oreo, Tollhouse and Anzac) from their paddock, but this time it felt like they were just outside. Funny that – as that’s exactly where they were.
Now until you have eye balled a one tonne Beltie outside your front door, you just haven’t passed your ‘ I survived the country’ test…. I can also now say I’ve played ( and lost) a game of ‘who’ll blink first’ with Tollhouse.
As I feared, three one tonne cows can cause quite a lot of damage to a garden however my positive side welcomes the natural fertiliser I now have in abundance.
An urgent call to M (who conveniently was on another island) advised me not to panic them ( them??!!) and then added that at least it gave me more material for my next blog…..( thoughtful !)
While waiting for a helping hand from neighbour T ( who helped last time I thought I had lost all 3 cows : see previous blog ), I decided to take action and well and truly earned my cattle wrangling 101 badge.
Single handedly, over a period of an hour ‘steering’ them through gardens, cars, vineyard, paddocks, stream and bonfire ( which, incidentally is still going 10 days on ! – see other previous blog), I managed to coerce them back to their own corner of Paradise – none the worse for their adventure.
What I’ve learned:
- cows can run – really fast.
- cows dont respond like dogs. Actually our dogs don’t respond at all so no help there.
- gates are usually shut for good reason.
- Belties are REALLY big when you’re standing a metre away from them.
- Belties have beautiful eyelashes.
- you really can do things you never thought you would ever have to, if you have to.
Fun time over.
Back to the fire.
Pass the bottle !