Watching nature take its course, from the top of a hill in northern England

Go home, you’re not welcome here


Gates slam shut, the rolls of chestnut paling are out, its that time of year; when the grazing gets scarce and the most determined sheep make a break for it, having more reason than most to believe  that ‘the grass is always greener on the other side of the fence.’

Each year there is a mini flock of  three or four sheep that roam the area, like a street gang, wrecking gardens turning over flower pots, storming through hedges and pulling down walls. They always have a leader, a dodgy looking character who can scramble over walls and roll across cattle grids, taking it’s gang of wannabe’s with them. Who owns them we can never find out, as at this time of the year, a lot of grazing land is sub-let, this motley bunch, have been marked by raddle from the tup, but that’s the only marks they are showing, they are in need of an ASBO or a lift to the slaughter house, we don’t mind which and its worse than ever this year, not only are we are plagued by this rag tag group of four, there is an additional gang of seven who at present are holed up in our field.

unwanted sheep

We just keep moving them on, sending over the hill, but they will be back,


Author: uphilldowndale

Watching the rhythm of rural life, from the top of a hill in northern England. Having spent most of my life avoiding writing, I now need to do it! I am no domestic goddess, but if I were expecting visitors to my home, I would whisk round with the duster and plump up the cushions and generally make the place look presentable. I hope that by putting my words where others may see them it will encourage me to ‘tidy up and push the Hoover around’ my writing. On the other hand I may just be adding to the compost heap. Only time will tell! Pull up a chair, sit yourself down, I’ll put the kettle on.

9 thoughts on “Go home, you’re not welcome here

  1. No sheep here – just a million cats….

  2. I believe that the way to deter them is to hang some mint-sauce outside your premises!

  3. Or rosemary and garlic, yum.
    Nezza, how about a water pistol for the cats

  4. Best be careful with Nezza’s cats – I believe they may have eaten the sheep.

  5. hehe – so that’s why they’re looking so rotund.

    I like the idea of the water pistol. Actually last year I did catch a cat or two with the hose. The first time it was accidental I swear. The second time… hehe. Soggy moggy.

  6. If you really, really want rid of them complain to DEFRA and your local Animal Welfare Officer that a flock of unmarked sheep are wandering about. Sheep are supposed to be double tagged and traceable these days, so unmarked ones are severely frowned upon. If they find the farmer, he/she can be fined up to £25,000.

  7. Are these ruralshire sheep ?

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