winter on the smallholding – New goose

well, off we trotted to a conference, leaving son in charge, only to find on our return that he’d bought a new goose “because our gander looked a little sad” (the old goose died a few months ago having made it to 8 years). This one is a Toulouse cross. Now the Toulouse breed was originally bred for foie gras and so is quite a chunky bird. This one was used to living freerange, with an island to sleep on. Our birds are also free-ranging but we put them into a shed at dusk, to keep them safe from the fox. Son of course was off out. The new goose did not expect to sleep in a shed – and I certainly did not expect her to fly. The best our geese have managed before is a sort of running/jumping gait accompanied by  much flapping of wings.


And so, bedtime has been difficult these past few days. Still, our hairy horse (cob with a moustache) has definitely found bedtimes much more amusing.



looking calm now but….


Hairy horses are beautiful (2)

Got some positive comments on the previous post so here is another hairy horse from the same show. This one looks quite like my own hairy cob, though she is a bit smaller – and has a moustache (so some people in our village call her “Poirot”……