And sure enough there was. Somehow she managed to escape our best efforts to keep her restrained and found herself wandering freely about the place. So decided to come and see us in the house. The problem is the route she took was via my veggie garden.
This is the very same garden that I have lovingly cared for – for months! And everything was now at what I can only described as ready and waiting. All my plants and seedlings are all safely tucked up in a nice rich soil waiting for the day when they will explode with a summer harvest. I was really proud of how it was looking and looking ahead smugly to all the goodies we will be able to eat.
Well that vision has been cut short thanks to Snowy. I can now say with impunity that she was never my favourite goat – Sweetie is. She started giving the currants a good old trim and in one short munching my crop is reduced by at least two thirds – grrr. Even more annoying is I had only just replaced the dead black currant with a cutting I had been growing ALL YEAR! I’m not sure it will survive. I have a spare – but she trimmed that too! Although not as bad!
Then she decided she didn’t actually like red cabbage or her eye spied and old favourite. Goats do indeed love Kale. She munched one right down past the growing point – it will need to be replaced. Luckily I was able to pull a kale seedling out of a box that was full of my spare seedlings and was ready and waiting to be given away in a few short hours. The other Kale plant wasn’t as badly attacked as the one that was so brutally destroyed!
Then she decided she’d had enough to eat and decided to come and see us for a cuddle… but to add insult to injury – just as I discovered her – I was right on time to watch her eat the growing tip of my Christmas lily. This is even more bitter as normally a calf club animal managed to do it sometime between august and October and this year my Christmas lilies had come through calf club season unscathed.
I tell you – she didn’t get a cuddle – she got frog marched back to where she should be so she could plot her next escape and I came inside to seethe inwardly and plan and even stronger fortification to contain even the most determined wayward goat!
Come again soon – hopefully the passing of time will ease my anger and frustration and we may laugh about this some day.
Sarah the Gardener : o )