A long, cold day. The sun only came out briefly about 2 pm, and there was a chilly southwesterly wind all day. As usual, it was ok when I was moving, but really, really cold when I stopped. I had my bivouac bag with me, but the sheep didn't choose to have a mid-day rest. At one point, I thought they were settling, and I starting looking for a sheltered, level spot to put my bivvy bag. When I turned around to look again at the flock, they were grazing just a few metres behind me. The good news is they grazed well and slowly the whole day, hitting two dense patches in the Basin Grazing Area (P2) on our way through to the Back Gully Reserve. And there, they settled down and grazed a particularly nice patch they've missed in the last few circuits (that's where I though we might get mid-day rest: P3). Then across the dam wall and onto the far hill (P4), over into the native grassland section, then down the hill right to the old highway in an opening among the gorse(P5, P6). They didn't graze there long, just had a nibble and quick explore, then back up the hill. They did not want to go back across the dam wall and head home. I did. I won, but it took some serious persuading. That's the power of the wind in this differential equation I call shepherding: I wanted them to go downwind, and they knew they didn't want to. We traveled quite quickly through the top of the Back Gully, and then settled into a good graze in the dense patch on the SW side of the middle paddock (called the Grass Gully, by the way) down into the bottom of the gully and up the other side. They grazed really well, and would have been quite happy to turn around and do it in reverse (this time into the wind) had I let them. I left them near the yards just through the gate into the Basin.
Today I finally figured out how to do videos on my Nikon digital camera (I've only had it for about 15 years!) and I took lots of experimental clips. Only a few of them came out with any real clarity. My iPad videos for Instagram are streets ahead in quality. Hmmm. I guess technology has come a long way in the last 15 years! I'll have to figure out how to get them into Vimeo so I can embed them in these posts, but I'm too tired to even think of trying that tonight. Janie, Chance and I will sleep well!