I felt like Mr Radley, from To Kill A Mockingbird, when he cemented up the hole in the tree where Boo was leaving things for Jem and Scout. There I was wrapping the trunk of the apple tree in the pasture with chicken wire and all the sheep are standing at the top of the hill staring at me.
But I was pissed and I told them. You eat the bark off this tree, I growled at them, and no more shade, no more apples, no more beautiful old apple tree! The holes in the turkey wire I used to wrap the tree were too big. Apparently the sheep could get their little teeth right through them. They pulled so much bark off the tree, I’m afraid it might not survive.
Now there’s three layers of chicken wire wrapped around the tree. Maybe they’ll leave it alone and go back to eating the barn.