Thursday, 17 October 2013

...and finally

For over a year I have been trying to tame the Soay Ewes
And for a year the have kept their distance from me, acting more like wild beasts than domesticated sheep.
Today after work they seem to have experienced some sort of epiphany for when I was feeding the chickens with some corn, I offered the sheep a taste and they walked over and BLOODY WELL TOOK ONE!
It's only taken a year of trying....
Whoooooohooooooo!

38 comments:

  1. Well done! Perseverance eventually paid off, though I reckon it was your trustworthy looks that was the clincher, J.G.
    A good enough reason to crack open a bottle of plonk? - or maybe you don't need a reason.

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  2. I love the contented sounds of the chickens!

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  3. Looks like they had a little chat before they decided to take you up on your offer. They are skittish aren't they?

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  4. That is what it appeared to me as well. conference, then action. Love the chickens, as well.

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  5. Perhaps you should call her Eileen and sing the Dexys Midnight Runners song to her? "C'mon Eileen,"

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  6. Next thing you know they will be in the cottage all snuggled up with you keeping you warm!!

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  7. Patience has its rewards. Good job.

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  8. Doesn't that make for a smile! Well persevered, John!

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  9. You broke down their trust issues :)

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  10. awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww !

    cheers, parsnip

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  11. Sweet. Lovely little conference before, and one left standing guard to take you down if you would swing the sauce pan.

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  12. Try try and try again, as they say. Mind you, I know some human beings who take just as long to lose their reserve with someone....

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  14. That is so great! You'll have them eating (carefully) out of your hand soon! Special day!

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  15. I think Winifred has had a word in their ears, " He's OK - really he is " !

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  16. Yay! That's wonderful! They are such beautiful ladies! I see the chickens like sheep training too! :)

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  17. A year! You are a patient, patient fellow! That's lovely to see. They do look very shy.

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  18. Brilliant - I bet you're so chuffed.

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  19. It's that Soay hat that did it. They must have seen you wearing it.
    He sheep..

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  20. They'll be sleeping on the end of your bed before you know where you are. More organic hot water bottles.

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  21. Much more satisfying that taming humans.

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  22. WooHoo. All things come to him who wait. And waits. And waits.

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  23. Happy sheep.

    Love,
    Janie

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  24. If they are like our sheep they will not leave you alone now every time they see a bucket in your hand they will come running.

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  25. St, Bleedin' John of Trelawnyd, that's you alright! x

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  26. You are a man of great patience. Must come in handy at both your jobs. (I've missed almost a week's worth of posts and am just now trying to catch up--I feel like I have to explain my absence, for some reason.)

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  27. Never give up on your dreams!!!!!! That's just awesome, John! It's a wonder you weren't squealing and jumping up and down - I would have done that, yup, and scared them so bad it would have been another year before they dared have a bite...

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  28. At last! Next time you're out there feeding those chickens, there will be at least one Soay ewe at the front of the queue. It may take another year before the other one is taken in by your charm.

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  29. Thanks for the comments
    Late home tonight ( samaritains night)
    Yes I was chuffed....now maybe I'll get my hands on the buggers

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  30. Her timidity is something, but you can almost see a light bulb go off like, "Hey, this is good and he won't bite." Nice work there.

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  31. Congratulations, John! Have a wonderful weekend. ♥

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  32. What a great feeling that must have been. Patience pays off (sometimes)...

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  33. It's always a brilliant feeling isn't it when they finally trust you, even if it is just for food :-)

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