I could answer that but I won't. This is a family blog.
Yesterday, Amy and I were feeding Nibbles, the pet lamb. We could hear voices in the fields, children playing and a rather noisy dad shouting. When I looked over the wall, there they were; mum, dad, 4 kids, one in a pram, and 2 dogs. One looked like it was off the lead but I couldn't be sure. And then I noticed a couple of boys who looked around 7 or 8, chasing sheep. I couldn't believe what I was witnessing. This kind of behaviour is as bad as breaking into a shop and stealing stock; or let me word it another way, it's as bad as anti-social behaviour that causes distress. In this case, it was causing distress to our sheep. As you know from previous posts, this isn't an exceptional incident but is fast becoming the norm. Having the public footpath is the biggest pain in the arse for this farm, but when people take advantage of their "right to roam", they have absolutely no idea what damage they're actually doing. So, I've decided it's time to put up those signs. If I get told to take them down, so be it. But for now, they will be attached to gate posts because I am sick and tired of ignorant idiots who use my land as a playground for their dogs and kids. Here's what I devised. Let me know what you think.
PLEASE RESPECT THE COUNTRYSIDE:
CLOSE ALL GATES
DO NOT SWING ON GATES
DO NOT CHASE LAMBS OR SHEEP
KEEP YOUR DOG ON A LEAD
DO NOT LET YOUR CHILD RUN NEAR SHEEP AND LAMBS
SHEEP WILL PROTECT THEIR YOUNG