25.10.38

Much cooler. Yesterday overcast & cool all day, with occasional sharp showers. Violent wind & storms of rain in the night. Fire last night & this morning, not absolutely necessary but acceptable.

The brown goat, besides being very difficult to milk, gives little or nothing. Perhaps she is really going off preparatory to kidding, in which case she would probably kid in some weeks’ time.

The pigeons this morning of their own accord went into the pigeon-house in which we put them for our first day here. They are now very tame.

Goats eat boiled wheat & maize readily.

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8 Responses to 25.10.38

  1. Fay Shirley says:

    I presume pigeons stay in a pigeon-house for the shelter and nest sites. Is it usual to feed them as well, or are they expected to forage for themselves?
    It seems a strange relationship with the owner of the pigeon-house, in exchange for providing nest sites the owner gets a supply of squabs (young pigeons) to eat. It doesn’t seem that good a deal for the pigeons. Are there pigeons in Animal Farm? I can’t quite see how they would fit in.

  2. itwasntme says:

    Creatures usually hang around where there is a supply of food, hence becoming “tame”. I’m sure the food Orwell is giving them is far above what they usually get or find. I’m excitedly awaiting the little kid.

    BTW, the strange relationship you mention is called animal husbandry.

  3. old.frt says:

    The pigeons which have an accessible nesting site will provide guano/fertilizer for the garden.

    At least that is the motive for encouraging pigeon keeping in “modern” rural Turkey.

  4. Heather says:

    Did the brown goat drop a kid?

  5. The alleged pigeons were later revealed to be itinerant incognito jazz musicians.

  6. Stephen says:

    Extraordinary. He has bought some goats and planted nasturtiums, and now the pigeons have moved in. Is this a holiday or is he planning on staying for good? What the hell does the never-mentioned Eileen make of all this? Indeed is she still around? or has she headed off back up the road to Casablanca to have a drink at Rick’s?

  7. From now on, whenever I say, “I’m just kidding,” or, “I’m not kidding,” my inner child will emit a minute giggle.

  8. Fay Shirley says:

    Just musing on the fact that in most forms of keeping animals for food (or even for fertiliser, thanks old.frt) the animals aren’t free to come and go. Providing pigeon-houses (or medieval dovecotes) and keeping bees feels like a continuance of the stage between hunting and gathering and farming. Animal husbandry yes (thanks itwasntme), but maybe an early form?

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