I don’t think we’ve ever had so much grazing in December.
We reduced the sheep numbers, assuming there wouldn’t be enough keep for the 30 we had through the summer and autumn, and now our small flock (flockette?) is making very little impact on the grass.
The orchard still has plenty of windfall apples under the trees; a sure sign that the sheep are finding plenty of more familiar food elsewhere. Usually, by December, the apples are just a memory.
We don’t even need to restrict the dogs in the field because we’ve no worry (yet) about poaching the ground. What an easy start to the winter – and what a bright Shortest Day.
Well, almost shortest day. This year the solstice will be December 22nd, so Happy Shortest Day Eve!