goslings arrive; Victoria, again!
goslings suddenly appear we know that spring is here. Jemima is now
the proud mother of two beautiful baby goslings and Jeremy and Solly
are doting parents. They watch over those babies day and night never
leaving their sides. Poor Samantha, she is still sitting on her nest,
hoping that something will appear. She has never been successful at
hatching babies, but then, she is a bad sitter. She would rather gallivant
with Jeremy and Solly and then her eggs go cold and by the time she
does decide to sit faithfully on her nest, it is too late.
The Egyptian Geese have arrived and the breeding pair that usually stay
here are very aggressive towards any other Egyptian Geese trying to
invade their territory. They chase the intruder and when he flies up
they still attack him in mid-air. I had to smile the other day when
I saw how one of the Egyptian geese tried to annoy one of the Guinea
Fowl. He would go up to the guinea fowl and then the guinea fowl would
chase him, and the Egyptian goose would run away. When the guinea fowl
turned back, the Egyptian Goose returned to continue to annoy him. This
went on and on and it gave the Egyptian Goose a great thrill when the
guinea fowl chased him. Eventually the guinea fowl got so cross that
the Egyptian goose decided that it was time to fly away.
Our guests are thorougly enjoying this daily entertainment.
Victoria is still struggling with her sore trotters. It can't be too
bad, because she is still on time at the kitchen door for her daily
meals. When she cries at the kitchen door, I open for her, and while
I am preparing her meal she stands next to me squealing, of course,
and her latest trick is to get her cold nose under my dress and she
rubs it against my legs, hoping that this would make me hurrry up with
her meal. The other day she got her times wrong; she demanded dinner
at 4pm and not 5pm. I did not look at the clock and thinking that it
was 5pm, I fed her. That night when I went to say good night to her
at 8pm, she jumped up looking very happy to see me. I explained to her
that I was not giving her late night snacks and she must go to sleep.
I turned off the lights and closed the stable door. It was not long
when I heard a loud noise and the stable door opened (the strength that
she has got in her nose to open that big door is amazing) and along
came Victoria on her way to the kitchen squealing. There was no way
that she was going to go to bed without something to eat.