Assuming the NW winds are keeping the sheep towards the western end of the property, I'm planning to take them on a repeat of yesterday, into the Highway Reserve from the southwest end. This time I'll see if I can get them to graze down the hill to the west, before heading north into the tricky gully at the bottom. If the wind stays NNW there's some chance it will pull them through the gully and on up the other side, in which case we'll keep going. If not, I'll let them graze out to the south as they did yesterday. I'll be interested to see if there is as much enthusiasm for wattles today as yesterday, or whether they satiated on wattles in that short, intense browsing session.
END OF THE DAY NOTES: Well, the northerly component of the wind won over night, and the flock was well up the hill in White Gum Wood. I stuck to Plan A, though, because it was a good day to try for a full transit of the Highway Reserve. A beautiful sunny day, breezy but not the threatened 40 kph (I must remember not to let the forecasts fake me out!) An easy run down into the gully, and a surprisingly easy transit through the narrow track between gorse bushes at the bottom. I took a video (check for it on Instagram or Facebook--I haven't tried to figure out how to embed it here) of the flock following each other (and me) through the secret passage in the gorse. The flock then scurried along through the top end of the Reserve, only slowing to graze seriously at the north gate. We went down into the old quarry, where I left them contemplating mid-day rest. They like the quarry because it's flat and warm, but still gets a nice breeze when the wind is northerly. They stayed in the quarry until about 2, but then I'm pretty sure they reversed direction, went back out the way we came in, up onto the top of the steep hill, and circled back around to graze the face of the hill going SW at about 3:30. I thought they'd just come out of the quarry into the northerly breeze after resting, and move across the hill that way. Just goes to show how hard it is to predict the combination of factors that determine the way sheep graze!