Just Kidding

On 22nd March, when I first photographed two of these kids living alongside Wootton Road at the point at which it is about to join Tiptoe Road, they were just four days old; the other two were expected the following week. On that first visit, Lizzie Knight, having seen me photographing the young goats, had invited me into their field. This morning, her husband, Richard, did the same. Two of the animals display a penchant for climbing, and two others believe the forage is greener on the other side. As far as I can tell, those with the white saddle markings are the younger ones.

As I type this draft, sleet is the rapid precipitation spattering my windows. Later we experienced some sunshine.

This evening we dined on Jackie’s delicious, spicy hot, pasta arrabbiata, with which she drank Hoegaarden and I drank more of the Recital.


  1. How serendipitous it is that I had to stop t let a herd of goats cross the road late this afternoon. They were large and their patterns were brown and white. These are lovely photographs, Derrick.

  2. I love that darling little kid with the star on its forehead! I used to have goats when I was a youngster. They are so playful and fun to have as pets. You’re blessed to have them nearby where you can enjoy their antics! <3

  3. Gosh they’re wonderful photos, Derrick!
    Each is the most beautiful – and each is posing superbly for the expert photographer πŸ™‚
    Isn’t it amazing how quickly they run, socialise – and climb…
    We had a very pretty multi coloured lamb born yesterday; already tottering around on over long legs, in an excited gaggle with his or her half siblings – the joys of spring, and the new life it brings!

  4. They’re very cute. We have a lot of wild ones in the countryside around here, but they are pests, unfortunately, and do a lot of damage.

  5. OHMYGOSH!!! AW!!! Nothing sweeter than a bunch of kids being kids! πŸ˜‰ Oh, those cute faces!!! πŸ™‚
    Amazing and smile-bringing photos, Derrick!
    The last photo made me giggle…so cute…and so like a kid to wonder how to get beyond the fence! πŸ˜‰
    (((HUGS))) πŸ™‚
    Q: What did the little goats say when they were caught playing a prank on the little lambs?
    A: Sorry, we were just kidding around. πŸ˜€

  6. I know you had a great time taking these pictures. They’re so adorable! Sleet!? Hoping better weather is on the way!

  7. These nimble little goats are adorable!

    It’s sounds like Old Man Winter is attempting to hang on in your area. Sleet in mid April is not something I would want to see.

  8. I do remember it snowing in May when I lived in the Lake District, so I shouldn’t be surprised at your weather, but from a distance your Spring does seem to be taking its time in arriving, except for the new births of too cute goats!

  9. Hiya. Over the weekend, I had an unexpected trip in an ambulance to a hospital in a nearby larger town. (Covid vaccine reaction, probably). My face looks interesting to say the least after fainting and choosing that part of my anatomy to meet the tiled floor!

    Anyhoo, on the menu for dinner last night was : soup and sandwiches, or liver and roast vegetables. You have one chance to decide which I chose. I thought of you and Jackie as I laughed and made my choice. <3

  10. Those are a playful and adventurous bunch. I am not surprised to learn about their penchant for climbing. Goats are found on steep mountain peaks where they display a rare ease in the face of perilous rock faces.

  11. Isn’t it fun, how goats have climbed into our language? “Kidding around” is one example, of course, but I’ve met a few “old goats,” and “butted heads” with a few! Lovely photos that brought lots of smiles, Derrick.

  12. Each one looks adorable. I bet they have a lot of fun days together. My favourite is the chocolate one with a white heart on his (her) forehead. Is it only boys that have horns, do you know? Have you seen videos on the net of baby goats in pyjamas running, playing and bouncing off each other ? They’re so adorable ! xK

  13. I love goats, such fun to have around. A long time ago we had twins Geraldine and Jemima.

    Our vet recommended that he debud our kids, so that they don’t cause damage to each other. Goats are not born with horns, just tiny buds which are numbed and cauterised before they start to grow.

    Some years later we took on a little Billy and we named him… Billy! Originality was not our strong point! He lived with two of our pet lambs Jessie and Josie, but he was the leader and they followed him everywhere.

  14. There’s a reason that goats and Satan are often linked in stories of the occult. They look cute now, but they will soon be up to no good. We had one that used to put her head through the fence then bleat piteously at passers-by, who then used to come and tell us that we had a trapped goat. Sometimes it was four or five times a day. rattle the feed bucket and she soon used to unhook herself.

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