After Rayners Corner, I walked back along Glenora Road because I could not access the property separating me from the Derwent River. The tall dry teasels made a barrier on the left of the road.
When I registered the sound of a motor cycle and a quad bike on the hill, I watched two farmers sweeping down as they herded cattle towards the fence next to the road.
Within moments the bike was on the road ready to halt traffic.
And then the cows were out. Their job was simply to walk from one paddock to another across the road.
But along the road barrelled a speeding car which skittered the cattle so they began to run towards Bushy Park. The car stopped short. The farmers glared. I stood still knowing if I kept walking in that direction the cows would be spooked further.
Eventually the cattle found their paddock.
I continued walking along. Then I turned and talked with Mrs farmer while Mr farmer locked gates. When he joined the conversation he assured me that while the cattle had a mind of their own, sheep were the particular challenge he particularly did not like when it was time to take them over a busy road. His sheep could never be trusted to know they should not run off.