Sheep and pears

sheep_pears_mg_0330It is a good idea to put sheep in an orchard to graze and fertilize. Be aware that they love pears though.

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Late September, I picked pears in a neighbour’s garden who had put sheep in their orchard to eat the grass. Photo 25 September, Saint-Simon, France.

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There were pears on the tree…

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… and determined candidates to eat them underneath.

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I was busy using my fruit picker when I heard a noise… A few second’s lack of alertness and that was it, a sheep had bitten the biggest pear.

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I didn’t know sheep could be that keen on pears. I got back two meters to observe what would happen. Seconds later, a bold ewe came close and I just had time to take this picture before chasing it away. But they wouldn’t go. During the whole pick they stayed close, waiting for a moment of weakness on my side. As a friend told me, they probably thought the pears were theirs!

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They eat low leaves and fruit… Photo 18 September.

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… As high as they can go. It is better to be aware of this if you have low trees! Photo 25 September.

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Fortunately, we saved most of these beautiful pears. This one was in another part of the orchard, inaccessible to the sheep. Photo 1 September.

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