Come walk in the knoll pasture. We might as well check the fenceline as we walk the perimeter. This is a really hilly pasture, so I hope you’re wearing comfortable boots.
Bella has spotted us and comes running. She is very excited to join us.
More excitement, as Bella has spotted a long, lost old bone
Looking up from the bottom of the hill, we can see that there’s plenty of shelter in this pasture – a small box shelter and plenty of trees that are the most popular spot in the pasture.
Walking a little farther, we discover a ground hog hole… actually we find four of them. We’ll have to get them filled in before late spring. They’re a danger to the sheep, and a real danger to the tractor drivers when we brush hog the pasture.
Now we have reached one of my favorite spots on the farm. When you stand down here, it’s as if you are in the bottom of a bowl. The steep sides of the pasture curve around. You feel sheltered and protected. It’s magical.
Our daydreaming is quickly interrupted because here come the girls over in the adjoining pasture. They’re looking for breakfast.
Bella says we better head up the hill and get to the barn before the girls stage a break-out. We pick up the pace and move on toward the top of the hill and morning chores.
It’s time for week two of mosey + plod
. Let’s meander though the back pasture… look there’s Daisy waiting by the gate to welcome us. We are all enjoying a break in the wintry weather with sunshine and temperatures near sixty.
Looking back over our shoulder, Moe is standing guard at the fence, stamping his feet, making sure that Raven is not going to somehow sneak inside the pasture.
Walking down the hill toward Madison, we come to the little wooden bridge we built across the gully. For some reason it always reminds me of The Three Billy Goats Gruff
, and as usual I start mimicking The Troll “Who’s that trip-trapping across my bridge?” in my scariest, deepest troll-like voice. Luckily, there is no troll waiting for us today, and we make it safely across with just a little slipping and sliding on the mossy boards.
Making the turn up the hill we find evidence of the wild turkeys, squirrels and chipmunks feasting under the hickory and walnut trees. There still seems to be plenty of mast on the ground so hopefully the wildlife will have a good winter.
After following us for awhile and checking our pockets for carrots, Liam and the rest of the sheep have lost interest in us and have gone back up to the top of the pasture to graze. They are intent on finding what ever green bits they can while there is no snow cover.
Walking on through the pasture to one of the bottom gates, if we look through the trees, we can see Poseidon and his girls over on the knoll pasture.
Maybe, we will mosey over there next week.
(I am so excited to be a part of this amazing group of walkers put together by urban.prairie.forest to honor her Grandma Jean. Thank you for this wonderful project!)