Was almost ready to leave when I saw 126 and The-Other-One wandering around ON THE WRONG SIDE of the fence... Of course, I was on my own + two dogs. I grabbed the dog lead but not the magic bucket and tried to walk the two girls over to the gate on the neighbour's side. The tricky bit would be getting those two back in while the other 11 stayed on the inside. Anyway, I was almost there when Zelda and Zsazsa figured out what was going on and ran over to join in the fun. Needless to say 126 and The-Other-One both did a 180 turn and started heading back up towards the cabin. Grrr.
Plan B. I decided to go inside their enclosure and fetch Elisa. Then use her to round up the other two. Tricky letting Elisa out without the other 10... But she did exactly what I wanted her to do. We're in business. Unfortunately, I hadn't figured out, silly me, that while Elisa was inside the pen the other two would of course stay close to the fence, BUT, once she was out, they would follow her anywhere. And Elisa was in an adventurous mood. She headed off in the direction of the hemp field...
Plan C. I locked up the dogs in the cabin because they were not helping. At all. Then I grabbed the remainders of a loaf of bread (not stale, but hey, this is an emergency) and bucket. I then wandered over to the new gate (on our side) and shook the bucket. Sure enough Elisa and the other two came over to see what was in the bucket. BUT I then had to open the gate (four logs to slide out horizontally, one at a time) and prevent the captive ewes from escaping while ushering Elisa, 126 and The-Other-One back in without running out of bread.
Anyway,it's all a bit of a blur, not sure quite how I managed it but I did. Picked up a tick bite in the process but nothing fatal. Hooray.
They were having an odd day. Maybe it was the rain during the night, not sure. But they were stampeding around the field like things possessed.
I had to stop at the Shell station for a mega cup of coffee and a doughnut before I could head home.
Peter and the boys stopped by in the evening to take a look at the fence. The rain has made the ground soft and some of the posts had come loose. So they hammered in the posts and checked all the wire.