We went to the Bantam Swap yesterday to find Godot. After losing our beautiful peacock in the winter, the girls were left without a mate. The Bantam Swap is kind of like a flea market for animals. People pay 5 dollars or something for a parking space and they rock up with trailers and trucks, are all set up by 5am and sell sheep and goats and cows and piles of chickens and even fertile eggs, and ducks and dogs and pigs and etc. I even saw a donkey. We walked up and down every row, cold in the late dawn, our arms folded against the chill, inspecting every cage and every trailer and it was not until right at the end of the last row, after I had quite given up on finding Godot who Pania and Tui had been waiting for, when I bent down to look in a big dog crate and said, There, there you are. He looked at me and waited. I will show you Godot in a minute but first I will show you what I did not buy. Or at least have not bought yet.
I wanted this alpaca very badly, but there you are. I can’t have everything.
And here is my surprise. I was surprised too, mind you. Here is Godot. Up in the peacock palace already. Godot is a white peacock. Just imagine how beautiful he will be when he roams free. I could not believe my eyes when I saw him. The man who sold him to me was knowledgeable and kind and gave me some good tips. Isn’t he gorgeous.
And here is Carlos Garcia. (Well he was such a nice healthy bird how could I leave him behind.)
What is exciting about these birds is that they are very young, born last June, so we can watch them develop their mature feathers. Carlos Garcia will change dramatically over the summer. They will not be fertile this year though, so no chicks yet. Already Pania and Tui have gone into the Peacock Palace with them, (It runs the whole length of the barn up in the loft.) So it is safe to start planting in the gardens now.
The corners of the little farm are filling up as we start the race again. The race to get enough food in the larder for the winter.
I hope you have a lovely day.
Your friend on the farm