The river water came from the far line of those trees, and covered our main field to a depth and force sufficient to push the fence wire away from the posts...
...the water line can be seen by the dark line on the first post.
Lots of things got caught up in the wire and left on the field,
leaves, branches, plastic water bottles, etc.... and these....
A fish. already found by birds, crows probably who were partaking of its flesh.
I put my boot near it so you could get an idea of its size.
and then we found another one in the gully.
Lester had to remove it because the sheep and cows will be back on the field soon.
.... and away into the woods he took it....
And then he came back for another one,
which was so heavy that he had trouble getting it moved to the woods.
......which was so heavy that he had trouble getting it moved to the woods.
These were big fish, and I am sad that they died in such a way, not in their natural environment, and quite a slow death I would have thought. But at least it shows that if the river can support such good size fish, then it is a healthy river, which is nice to know.
I also will think twice about paddling in the river. Sometimes on hot summer days we have paddled up aways, wading through water which is above our knees, which has a wonderful therapeutic effect on our legs. Not sure I am likely to do that again, I would not like to bump into such big fish. So they are not flesh eating sharks, but my imagination says they are!
To change the subject..... the mini milking machine has arrived, and is not so 'mini' as we thought it would be.
It is going here..... in the smaller of the two cow pens. Lester took many wheelbarrow loads of manure out to Veg Plot Two so the the pen is now clear. All that has to be done is to get that floor scrubbed clean which is going to take a lot of effort to do, but it is a necessary job to turn this space into a mini milking parlour.
At the moment this job is not being done because we need to get the fence wire cleaned up so we can get it attached to the fence posts again, so the cows and sheep can get back on to the field.
But, oh joy of joys, although we have still not had a full day of sunshine this year, at least we have had no rain for five days, which is a relief to us all, the animals included.
.... and a surprise harvest of garlic from out of the raised beds.
So the fishes have become without life, and are now in the woods being recycled by other 'still in life' creatures, the Cow Project has moved a step forward, Bonny has been artificially inseminated so hopefully will be in calf again, and we have a supply of garlic which we ourselves are going to recycle by using them in our own food, but keeping a few bulbs to plant again, and we are catching up on jobs that should have been done a few weeks ago now that the rain has stopped.
Bye for now,