Lowri - I had an awesome late afternoon! I finally got to go herding. I waited and waited all day long. TM and PR were a little too busy to attend to my needs earlier.
TM built a 4 X 12 raised bed in the garden. PR used the backhoe to put dirt in it. Then TM raked it all smooth. She is going to try to do smarter gardening next year. I would have helped, but I was locked in the dog yard.
PR put the cistern the ground. He dug a big hole earlier this weekend. TM had to help with the placement. Then they put this stuff in the gutters to clean the rain water before it goes into the cistern. TM got to do the gutter work. She sat in the backhoe bucket while PR lifted it up to the roof. She said it was a little like riding a ferris wheel. TM hates ferris wheels. I would have liked to see it, but I was locked in the dog yard.
PR and TM offed four of the pheasant. They ended up as dinner. PR did most of the work in getting them cleaned then TM finished cleaning them. She put them in a brine and then into the smoker. She tossed out four of the pheasant feet for us. Aidan and Daisy found some, but didn't know what to do with them. I shoved them out of the way and showed them. Then I got locked back up in the dog yard.
Finally, I got to go herding. TM and I drove down to the barn. I stayed locked in my crate while TM caught the chickens and moved them to the enclosed bird house. Then she got the ducks, trimmed the feathers on one wing each and put them in the outside yard. FINALLY, I got to get out and go get the sheep.
I went out into the middle field and brought them all to the duck arena. I won't say it was flawless, but I did succeed at bringing them in. Then we herded. TM worked me on picking the sheep off the fence in either direction. I did a VERY good job of that. Then TM told me to hold the sheep while she walked away from them. That is kind of interesting. I am supposed to keep the sheep from following TM AND keep them from leaving the other way. Lastly, I got to hold the sheep away from the gate while TM opened it. I was the VERY GOOD dog! Then I went to water and cooled off.