We had a typical day on the farm today: lots of faces, old and new; some hard work; some cake; and a truly stupid idea that somehow worked.
The main mission for the day was to get the geese moved out from the small run in the orchard and into a much bigger field. Trevor and I had finished the post thumping for the fence on Wednesday but we still needed to get the netting up. We started with some chicken netting that we had been given by a friendly local thatcher who strips it off old roofs and has no further use for it. As more folk arrived, we also ran a length of stock net down the final side of the field – thankfully for once we got that tensioned up nicely with no mishaps. Whilst all this was going on the teenagers started work on digging a shallow pond for geese to wash and paddle in.
The fence took a good while to get up so we all stopped for tea and cake a little later than usual and I unveiled my next plan. We had to get the geese from their existing pen, across the garden, through the vegetable plot, over the bridge, down past the pigs and into their new field and my plan was to herd them there. There was a pretty sceptical reception to this idea but at least everyone wanted to watch even if they didn’t think it would work. So, we formed a human barrier around the geese and slowly everyone started shuffling off towards their new home. Amazingly, the geese followed along fairly meekly and it was no time before they were tucking in to their new field full of oilseed rape.
Once we’d moved the geese it became essential that we shift their house too – a heavy and smelly job that the boys got stuck in to. Whilst we were doing this, the girls finished off digging the pond, which we just managed to line but will have to fill up another day…