Posted February 4th, 2012
by Richard Savage
This morning I needed to add a new category to our Experience Somerset blogs to cover unusual events and visitors.
While we were cleaning and tidying our garden sheds, we suddenly realized we were being watched: a goat was standing on the bank outside of Oak Lodge.
An unexpected Saturday morning visitor
We had never seen a goat at Lower Lakes before, but guessed he must have come from the shepherd who lives in the neighbouring field. The visitor, a good sized billy goat, was really quite friendly, but as he started to eat my Hypericums I decided to get him back to his owner as quickly as possible.
An unusual visitor at Lower Lakes
Needing to be got home
Now, as someone who is unfamiliar with herding goats, this proved to be a something of a steep learning curve. He did like to be scratched and petted, so I assumed he understood our good intentions, but in no way would he be pushed in the appropriate direction, Nor was he inclined to have a rope lasso thrown around his neck, nor his horns held. There is no way you can keep your grip on a goat’s horns when he tosses his head! At least I couldn’t. Fortunately he developed a liking for my daughter, Abigail, and very willingly followed her wherever she went, while the rest of us followed behind to cut off any retreat.
Getting the goat home was easier said the done, although he was happy to follow my daughter’s leading. The gate opening onto the lane was padlocked, and although it was a public footpath, the goat was not inclined to try climbing over the style. So we went back into our property and travelled the length of the hedge with its tangled impenetrable barrier of Blackthorn, Hawthorn, rotten elms, and brambles which separated us from our neighbour, looking for a place of passage. Finally we discovered a way through the hedge, and where a tree straddled the thickly-frozen ditch. My daughter gallantly forced her way through, crossed the ditch, and the goat followed obediently.
It took the best part of an hour, but it was good exercise and made an eventful Saturday morning – one we shall remember, particularly the lesson that it is often better to lead than to push!
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