...but... a few days ago, thirteen sheep were killed by a 10-pack of wolves a few kilometres from us, here in Raasepori. We are really worried but what can we do? The fence around our field will only stop the sheep escaping - it won't stop the wolves getting in. The unfortunate outcome is that the wolves might drive the sheep into the lake and they would drown. What a dreadful thought. We are in a (relatively) built-up area - we have neighbours - but the wolves are not afraid of humans. A few months ago they caught two roe deer near here and people gathered to watch them devouring their prey, the wolves were not perturbed by all the attention. It is illegal to hunt them - they are a protected species and the locals wouldn't risk losing their rifles and their hunting licences (and a heavy fine) to save a few sheep.
The only hope it that they don't come this far south and they stick to venison rather than fresh lamb.
We've trained the sheep to graze in a row, for maximum grass trimming efficiency. Very effective. We must patent this idea!
Zelda likes to go diving and fishing on her own. She would spend the whole day in the lake if we let her. The sheep are intrigued. Here she had a captivated audience!
They are in better spirits after a couple of days of sunshine.
We are now planning to build a new hay feeder as the grass won't be nutritious enough to feed them right through the autumn. For the time being there is plenty of clover and grass. Elisa spotted me pulling some carrots in the vegetable garden and got very interested... She must remember from last year. I always feed the carrot tops to the sheep: they absolutely love them.