Collin and Kevin (Nubian and Alpine Goats and Pals)
Article 5 Modern Times Musing June 20th 2017 (New)
It strikes me that of all the creatures that might have the devil about them, goats are not among them. Consider the quizzically friendly and curious faces above, two companions in a local community farm who welcome human visitors and the accompanying
bucket of treats that might be shared their way, along with the Chinese Geese, Vietnamese and Maori pot bellied micro pigs and an ineffably fluffy white rabbit, whose twitching nose alone gives away what end is which and is, inevitably, called Snowy.
Horses and ponies large and small also grace the paddock. But it is the goats who charm me, and it is Collin in particular, the nubian one, with his vast roman nose, an underhung jaw that gives him a constant sideways grin, drooping loppy
ears and hopelessly knock knees, who convinces you that there can be no whiff of sulphur lurking in his nature.
No, that attribute belongs to mankind alone, as the endless dismal chain of recent tragic events announce grimly in what seems
to be almost every news bulletin. Deranged ones carrying out attacks on others with what passes for religious motivation in their deluded untended minds. A tower block going up in flames like a chinese lantern, as gerrybuilt as any deathtrap
could be for the sake of saving on materials cost (and done anyway so that as in the late-lamented series "Brass", the rich, unlike Bradley Hardacre had to do, wouldn't have to look at the undesguised hovels of the poor while those folk had the far
more pleasing view of his mansion).
It was said during the election campaign that Jeremy Corbyn was doing his best to bring back the seventies. Although he didn't win that election, something has brought back a summer like 1976 weather wise for now,
which can be no bad thing, some proper heat and sun to cheer us up from the storm filled news fronts rolling in all the time on a daily basis. And then, there are always Collin, Kevin and company to visit and feed by way of a little escapism and a sense
of happier things going on around us.