Stand by for lots of sheep photos. Or turn away if sheep aren't your thing. I'm the first to admit I'm not a natural sheep lover. When I worked with them on a daily basis I just didn't have the patience for them, they constantly frustrated me. Like has happened with a lot of things, I appreciate them more now that I'm older and slower with few time constraints.
A neighbouring farmer occasionally puts his sheep in to graze in the narrow strip of land that leads from the road into the Tangihua Forest which I travel frequently as part of my little part-time job looking after the Tangihua Lions Lodge. They keep the long grass down on either side of our access road.
Most of them move off as I approach but there's the odd stubborn old girl (or maybe she's smart. That's a big maybe) who refuses to budge from her place in the sun unless there's a danger of being run over.
Even I have to admit those lambs are darn cute.