* * *
And here’s an interesting thing:
Sam and Ange’s sheep have been moved from their pastures on the higher ground down to a field adjacent to the farm house, in preparation for lambing. The fields they usually occupy are all on a level with, or slightly below, the lane, and the sheep are skittish animals. If I approach the hedge or gate, they run away. Their new enclosure is raised about eight feet above the road, separated from it by a wire fence and steep embankment. And they’re no longer skittish. Instead of running away, they stand by the fence and regard me with evident curiosity. It seems their elevated position makes them feel safe, or even superior. It’s much nicer that way.