An Agility

After an early lunch Jackie drove me to The Grove Pharmacy at Christchurch for my second Covid vaccination. My appointment was for 1.00 p.m. We arrived at 12.30. I was back in the car at 12.46.

We returned home via Avon where I photographed two landscapes. The water meadows in the first are now very dry.

I have paolsoren to thank for an agility being one collective noun for goats. Not far from these landscapes we stopped in a lay-by to photograph a field full of goats and

a multitude of young kids running around; practising head butting; squaring up like smiling assassins; climbing on logs and tables; and generally demonstrating agility – even the creature butted off the table landed safely. As Jackie pointed out, the mothers just left their offspring to get on with the fun.

Pheasants wandered about roads and fields, like these in Anna Lane.

This evening we dined on Jackie’s spicy hot pasta arrabbiata with tender runner beans. The Culinary Queen drank Hoegaarden and I finished the Malbec.


  1. These guys are so cute, they seem to have smiles and frowns too. Congrats on your second vaccine, Derrick. My second is one week from today.

  2. I was going to say hurray about your second injection before I saw the goats. You’ve captured some great expressions and high jinks.

  3. What fun to see so many of these ‘winsome kids’! I watched agility of a different kind late yesterday afternoon: five young waterbuck bulls, two of which were butting heads and locking horns before all five of them jumped over a fence into a different paddock. It was an awesome experience to see these wild creatures quietly getting on with their lives.

  4. Good to hear you are fully vaccinated now!
    Those Kids are wonderful – their ears are so comically long, as though to protect their heads during the head butting bursts!

  5. I’m so so SO glad you got your second dose of the vaccine!
    We were able to get our second dose, too! πŸ™‚

    The members of that agility are certainly agile! πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜€ Those kids are cute, rambunctious, and fun-loving! Thank you for sharing them with us!
    I can hear the moms say, “Go on now! Play with your friends! But, don’t be baa-d! I’ll be over here taking a nap!” Ha! πŸ˜‰
    ? ? ? ?

  6. Haha, a paddock full of fun Derrick ..
    β€œHappiness, not in another place but this place…not for another hour, but this hour.”
    ― Walt Whitman

  7. The little goats are precious! And they are very nimble and adventurous. The pheasants are beautiful birds.

    Good to hear you have had your second vaccination. That must be a relief!

  8. A new collective noun! Exaltation of larks and rhumba of rattlesnakes are favourites. Just need the collective noun for collective nouns…

  9. An agility of goats–how perfect! And those adorable little goat faces, too. Thank you for sharing these delightful photos.
    Congratulations on getting your second vaccine! I thought you’d already had it. ?

      1. Oh! I guess that’s why I thought you’d had your second. My second was three weeks after the first, and my husband’s was four weeks (Pfizer vs. Moderna).

  10. An ‘agility of goats’ is a wonderful collective noun, but after looking at your photos, I’d say a ‘smile of goats’ would work, too. I really enjoyed this post, Derrick, and I suspect I’ll smile every time I remember it!

  11. We had our first Covid vax last Saturday after a 45 minute notification because there were two cancellations.

    I love the antics of these goats. No wonder they are called kids. πŸ™‚

  12. Oh I do love to see the goats playing around, they just love an adventure playground.

    I had my second vaccination yesterday.
    My GP practice seems to be a little ahead of the vaccination program as daughter Victoria and son-in-law Simon had their’s before the announcement was made for the over forty fives to come forward.

    My third daughter has just received her appointment from our GP and she’s under forty five..
    You have to hand it to the government and the NHS, what a fabulous job they are doing.

    I have one reluctant daughter, she’s pregnant and is wary of having a vaccination.

  13. The goats made me smile. I looked up arrabbiata after seeing it here often as a meal of choice, and I will try it. It seems not difficult, though mine will be spicy, but not very hot I am a lightweight

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