So my darling husband (picture me speaking with a rictus grin) cheerfully comes traipsing into the bedroom and wakes me up with a “so, are there supposed to be cows in the yard?”
What a way to be awakened!
No. There are not supposed to be cows in the yard.
He had been hearing the cows mooing and thought to himself, that sounds awfully close.
Then looked out the window.
That’s not good!
By the time I put my glasses on, they were at the opposite end of the yard, by the fire pit. When I got outside, there were no longer any cows in our yard, but there were several just outside the barbed wire gate at the fire pit.
I closed the gate.
I could see from the gate the the electric gate at the cow fence was in place, so before we closed the other gates, I went over by the barn, where the second electric gate is.
Sure enough, the wire was down, looking like something went right through it, dragging it into the tall grass on our side of the fence.
That left us with the task of closing up the vehicle gate, and the people gate.
Yeah. The pole was still there.
Moving a 30 ft pole is awkward, to say the least. It wasn’t just getting it clear of the opening, but clearing the swing arc of the gate. So there was a whole lot of rolling and pivoting, but it wasn’t enough. He really shouldn’t have, but my husband was able to pull it a few feet away from the yard (yeah, I helped, but really… I wasn’t doing much) and it got rolled clear.
This is the first time we’ve closed these gates since we’ve moved here.
On the vehicle gate, one side isn’t too bad, but had to be lifted to close. It shouldn’t need to be lifted. The other was off the top hinge and we weren’t able to put it back at the time (I will need to go back with a tool kit), but we swung it closed.
They are supposed to be able to latch together.
But we could at least sit the parts on top of each other and let gravity to the rest.
Then there’s the people gate. I had been wondering why there was a bungee cord on the chain link fence.
Now I know why.
The latch parts don’t latch anymore. So the bungee is used to keep it from swinging open on its own.
After phoning the renter and leaving a message for him (with apologies for calling so early), I went around the yard, just in case we missed a cow in the bushes or something, then went to see what was going on.
There were 6 altogether; 2 cows and 4 steers. The rest of the cattle were on the other side of the fence near the electric gate.
I decided not to try and get them out. They can graze all they want and, at some point, they may well wander back towards the barn and join the rest of the herd.
Granted, the rest of the herd might end up on the wrong side of the fence, too. But I’m not too worried about it. They can keep our grass down.
Now. I wonder if I can get another hour or two of sleep…