A Blockage In The Road

Churchill (near right) had a thing about men. He didn’t like them. At all. Top of his hit list, unfortunately, was Mike. And, equally unfortunately, it was largely Mike’s fault.

Contrary to popular opinion, it is indeed possible for man and goose to peacefully coexist. Central to the maintenance of this precarious relationship, however, there lies an incontrovertible principle. The Goose Is In Control. And so it was in the bucolic world of the farm in which we then lived. The geese seemed to think they had power of authority over the traffic that used the estate road. They would sit by the gate and vet the credentials of anyone coming in or attempting to leave. On a particularly cantankerous day they would position themselves not on the grass verge but in the very centre of the tarmac. Churchill would pace around for several minutes to select precisely the right spot. And thus settled was extremely reluctant to move. Many was the day I had to get out of the car and vigorously ‘shoo’ to make any headway at all.

Mike took a more aggressive stance, edging the car right up to the geese in the belief they would, eventually, get out of the way. It was never going to work. By virtue of his anatomy, Churchill always held the trump card. A head would appear over the front of the bonnet and a standoff ensue which could last for a while.

Both parties came to regard the evening encounter as sport. Should Mike return early and catch them unawares, they would race across the lawn to head him off at the bend around the sycamore tree. Or screech at him raucously from the far side of the lake. But all said and done, Mike still had to park the car in the barn around the back of the house and then traverse a hundred yards or so of enemy territory to reach the front door. By the time he got there..



Churchill would be lying in wait



A Blockage In The Road

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  1. Denise October 11, 2012 at 4:40 pm - Reply

    We kept geese for the best part of 20 years. The fun we had and the wonderful sight of a pair of eyes over the kitchen window. Infact my avator is Jo xxx

    • Jessica October 11, 2012 at 4:55 pm - Reply

      They are funny aren’t they. And another creature whose intelligence is much under-estimated.

  2. Mise October 11, 2012 at 6:50 pm - Reply

    How magnificently stubborn! Go the geese!

    • Jessica October 11, 2012 at 6:57 pm - Reply

      They probably took after me, Mise.

  3. john October 11, 2012 at 7:10 pm - Reply

    I adore my geese
    I know I must not have favourites!
    but I do……. they will go with us everywhere we go!
    I am sure

    • Jessica October 11, 2012 at 7:36 pm - Reply

      Spotted the Canada in your first photo of the Black Eyed Peas.. lovely!

  4. BadPenny October 11, 2012 at 7:49 pm - Reply

    Brilliant !
    I even showed husband this post… one day for me – hens again, plus ducks / geese & a Donkey. Methinks for him the sailing bekons… ( How do we combine the two in our retirement ?! )

    When I was at a small village school, we walked to someone’s swimming pool… trouble was their geese guarded the gate !

    • Jessica October 11, 2012 at 8:10 pm - Reply

      Oh a donkey. I’d love one of those. Get some hens again and win him over? Even Mike had a sneaking admiration for those geese.. we had a little cafe table outside the door of that house. His favourite de-stressor was to take a G&T out to it, sit and watch the geese preen. Some days I had to soften them up with a bit of corn first..

  5. Josephine October 11, 2012 at 8:19 pm - Reply

    My uncle had an allotment, with geese, hens and turkeys, I used to ride my horse there. The geese would corner me in the shed, and bite, and then on rare occasions start flying after me when I was riding. I’m sure they thought I had something in my pocket to eat, since I made the mistake early on, of throwing them a Cornish Pasty…..

    • Jessica October 11, 2012 at 8:24 pm - Reply

      A goose will never forget someone who feeds it. Never ever! I got a bite too, it hurts.

  6. Rosie October 11, 2012 at 9:40 pm - Reply

    They must have been great for guarding your property and seeing off any unwanted visitors – pity the poor postman though:)

    • Jessica October 11, 2012 at 9:54 pm - Reply

      The postman drove his van right to the door, hooted, and then passed it through his wound down window.. 🙂

  7. Natalie October 12, 2012 at 12:56 am - Reply

    I really, really want some geese! I’ll have to make sure we have no Churchills. ALthough given how much my Mum LOOOOOVED Churchill, maybe SHOULD have one!

    Beautiful geese. They sure have attitude!

    • Jessica October 12, 2012 at 9:35 am - Reply

      I read somewhere that there are two sorts of Chinese geese. The sort that are so laid back they have to be carried to the goose house at night. And the sort that hate the world and everything in it. No prizes for guessing which camp Churchill was in!

  8. ropcorn October 12, 2012 at 12:31 pm - Reply

    Lol! Those cute geese sure seem to be very stubborn, and have very strong personalities.Hehe. Love this post, especially the photos. Thank you for sharing. 🙂

    • Jessica October 12, 2012 at 12:57 pm - Reply

      It’s their strong personalities that make them so lovable, to me anyway!

  9. Simone October 12, 2012 at 3:30 pm - Reply

    I have heard that geese make great ‘guard dogs’. This seems to be the case! Poor Mike!

    • Jessica October 12, 2012 at 4:19 pm - Reply

      They do. They spent the night out in the middle of the lake. Nobody could sneak around without us knowing about it in that house!

  10. Vera October 12, 2012 at 9:35 pm - Reply

    Ah, geese! Our five are constantly up to mischief, and are known to go into hissy fits at the slightest opportunity. And the racket they make!

    • Jessica October 12, 2012 at 10:00 pm - Reply

      Racket. Hissy Fits. All true. But would you be without them?? Welcome to rusty duck, Vera.

  11. Susan T October 13, 2012 at 7:55 am - Reply

    Hi Rusty Duck

    Thank you so much for your kind comment on my blog. Love yours too. I will return!
    We have two elderly geese who marshal the lane to the farm next door to us, they are better than Rottweilers.

    • Jessica October 13, 2012 at 9:36 am - Reply

      They certainly are! Welcome to rusty duck, Susan.

  12. shaz October 13, 2012 at 9:44 am - Reply

    Our neighbour has geese and normally they can be shooed away but as they have become unofficial parents to some muscovy ducklings they have become VERY protective to the extent of even chasing the parent ducks away. I for one am more than a little scared of crossing the shared farmyard at the moment. Don’t think geese will be on our list but chickens ducks quails and mini donkeys are 🙂

    • Jessica October 13, 2012 at 11:00 am - Reply

      Hello Shaz, and welcome to rusty duck.
      From a quick peek at your blog, it looks like you’ve taken on quite a project too!. I pity those poor Muscovy parents.. geese are control freaks extraordinaire!

  13. Sue October 15, 2012 at 4:17 pm - Reply

    Well I’ve soon learnt that although chickens have very individual personalities, geese have very individual personalities, attitudes and moods!! Mine are being very snotty towards me since I went away and left them with only Lovely Hubby for a week.

    • Jessica October 15, 2012 at 4:33 pm - Reply

      They will come round. A handful of corn ought to do it.. 🙂

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