6 August 2020

Mishap early in the week.  I was driving up the driveway one evening with a pickup full of friends.  Dogs and geese in the driveway.  I slowed way down and yelled out the window.  The critters scattered.  I felt a bump, but a goose went running off.  We had our little party and I didn’t think any more about it until it was time to take people home, and there was a big white lump in the driveway.  Oops, I’d killed a goose.

Austin did not yell at me or tell me off.  I felt bad enough.  I really did not know why the goose was silly enough to get hit … they’d gotten out of my way heaps of times.  Austin said the poor gander was probably blinded by the headlights and didn’t know where to run.  That’s heartbreaking.

But this is a farm and we don’t let sentimentality ruin a windfall.  Goose meat is yummy, and so we “dressed” the goose.  Also, I learned more about this beautiful creature.

Do birds have teeth?  Technically, no.

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But try telling yourself they don’t have teeth if THIS grabs you!

Do birds have fur?  Technically, no.

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But these feathers on the neck were as thick and soft as fur.  It was amazing.

What do angel wings look like?  They look like GOOSE wings!

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The wing was just stunningly beautiful.  The only part I could manage to photograph was the top ridge … totally lovely.  Some day, maybe, we’ll be able to get a good photo of a whole wing.

And then we plucked.  Oh the DOWN!

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Half a pillow’s worth!  There are at least two of us lusting after that pillow when it will be finished some day.

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The other matter this week SEEMS like it is the same thing, but it actually unrelated.  Austin noticed a goose quill in the yard and suggested I show Kiki how to write with it.

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So I got out my little bottle of india ink, found a second quill in the yard, used scissors to snip the nibs, and taught Kiki the very beginnings of quill calligraphy.

It’s obvious if we are going to do this much at all, I’m going to have to learn how to make our own ink.  That will be a project for another week.

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Happy August, everybody.

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