We had one other worry. There are a lot of dogs in the neighbourhood. No problem. There is one dog in the neighbourhood that gets to go around off leash. Not roaming freely so much as being taken out to the tomato fields and let run loose. And that dog's owner's tomato field is the one we flooded. The one right next to our field.
So co-farmer W and I thought it might be an idea to have a friendly chat with neighbour N. not a warning or anything like that (he is a local bogwig, senior to us in age and most of all a man afterall...) but just to let him know we would have ducks in there.
He's also my houe neighbour so just as I was going up to see neighbour W I saw him washing his car (again- lucky he has any paint left!) and approached:
Hey, nice weather- getting hotter, huh?
Yeah...hehehe. That rice field is working for you!
Yeah, thanks be. It's been quite a job. Sorry about the tomato flooding...
Hehehe no problem. You needed more compacting.
Yeah, quite a job! We're getting there though. The ducklings should be here by the end of the week.
Ahhh, you'll need lots of string to protect them from birds of prey.
Yep. We're going to work on that today. I was worried about dogs though... Would Lemon (the dog) try to get in and chase them?
Lemon? No no no. Lemon's old. And she has diabetes. Can't produce insulin.
Oh nooooo.... she looks so healthy.
Yeah but no energy any more. She won't chase your ducks. No problem. She doesn't even eat meat. She's on a vegetarian diet for her diabetes.
So the dog's a vegetarian? No problem then, right?