Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Words on a Wednesday: Bill The Goat


We walk a big loop around our neighborhood a couple of times a week. It's nice and rural. It's where we've seen and photographed the shadow of the earth at sunrise, anti-crepuscular rays, radiation fog, Buddha statues in crates, and plenty of cows; pics we have posted here on the blog. There is a farm out there that has lots of other critters as well, alpacas, pigs, chickens, turkeys, and goats. They keep some animals in one fenced pen, some animals in another, and then the feathered ones together in one. There was a time when this little goat, who we call Bill (of course) shared his space with one other goat and two Alpacas, who we called Al (of course). Then one day, little Bill was alone there in the pen. He's been alone for a while, probably two months. We walk past and always say "hello Bill!" We noticed on one of our walks that Bill was reaching out beyond the fence with his cute little mouth and eating grass, which is always greener on the other side, as you well know. So now, when we walk by, I pick lots of tall grass for him to eat. He runs over bleating his happy hellos. I love feeding him. Roger took the above photo, and it reminded me of a long ago photo when I was maybe five years old. It's good to see that the heart stays the same over the years.


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  1. Nice post but especially nice that you have the old photo of that young girl feeing another Bill.

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    1. Paul-- My uncle had a 14 acre farm that we would go visit when I was young. He had lots of goats. We loved them!

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    2. The best part is you haven't changed a bit!

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    3. Paul-- Part of me has definitely stayed the same!

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  2. I spent my childhood in a village where everyone kept goats. Or pigs. Or chickens. Or geese and ducks. Or rabbits. And I kind of miss them as not so many people keep livestock these days. If they did I think I might do the same as you and pull some grass.

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    1. John-- It's so nice to have a little time with Bill. He really appreciates the grass, and I love giving it to him. I wonder what kids will be like growing up now without seeing livestock or even much wildlife.

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  3. I live in a similar area. Farm animals galore. I love it.

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    1. Sharon-- It really is interesting seeing so many different farm animals. We love it too!

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  4. Lovely to see the two pictures for comparison!
    My guess us that Bill is a billy. Could be the reason why he's alone now as two male goats together can be quite aggressive towards each other. Anyway you will find out soon because billy goats develop a distinctive - let's call it - smell.

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    1. Sabine-- We think Bill is a billy as well. We hope he finds a home where he will be the alpha male. The other male was taken to a bigger pen with other females (who look pregnant now!).

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  5. Goats are delightful animals and I miss mine. Love the pictures of the current you and the adorable little you feeding the goats.

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    1. Patti-- Goats really are pretty cute. We're pretty glad our paths cross as often as they do now.

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  6. Interesting comparison with the evidence.

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  7. Some things never change! I love that old photo of you.

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    1. Steve-- I almost called this post "Some Things Never Change." So true. Glad you liked that photo.

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  8. Love your white hair and your constant heart.

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    1. 37paddington-- I so love the words "white hair and constant heart." It could be my new mantra.

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  9. This is what a kind, decent, good person looks like.

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  10. I love this Robin! The heart stays the same :)

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  11. Thank you for these two photos. Then and now and always. Loved and loving. Lovingkindness. The spring grass looks delicious! A joy to take these walks with you and roger in your neighborhood.

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    1. am-- I'm so glad I found the old photo which I had scanned quite a while ago. It was still on my computer. Yes, lovingkindness, always.

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  12. It was really fun to see those two photos. Perfect.

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    1. Colette-- I'm glad I still had that really old one.

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  13. I love that you haven't changed in all those years. It's always nice to re-visit childhood and feed a new "Bill."

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    1. NCmountainwoman-- Ah, feeding a new Bill. I like that so much!

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  14. Bill's a handsome little guy. Love these simple pleasures, and also the vintage photo of you.

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    1. Spare Parts-- Bill really is a handsome little guy. So glad you liked that vintage photo too. Thank you.

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  16. Sorry, the editor in me took over. What I meant to say was "Golly! I can't squat down like that anymore and if I could I'd have to have help getting back up!" I like both photos of the goat feeder "a few" years apart.

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    1. Catalyst-- Well, I'm still pretty young even though I've got such crazy gray hair. I'm going to be 67 in May. We'll see how well I can squat down in ten years. Glad you like the photos.

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  17. Bill the goat, I get called Bill but not so much old goat though I suppose I am one now

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    1. Bill-- I thought of you when I wrote this post! I thought of my dad too, he was a Bill as well.

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  18. I also enjoyed the post and the comparisons with the photos.

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