In May 2011, after four years of life on McNutt's Island, we moved to Montreal. This blog remains, though, as a (sort of) daily record of our time on the island, and a winding path for anyone who would like to meander about among its magical places. For additional perspectives and insights I recommend Greg's book, Island Year: Finding Nova Scotia (2010), and my Bowl of Light (2012). I'll continue to post once in a while. If you do want to read this blog, one option would be to begin at the beginning of it (which is, as we all know, in blog-world, at the end), and read forward, concluding with the most recent entry. It's a journal, really, so it does makes more sense if you read it that way. But, you know, read it any way you like.

Saturday, August 14, 2010

goodbye chickens and goats

Mary and Leroy d'Entremont have returned from their trip to Ontario, where Leroy was working as staff for several days of sheep dog trials in Kingston.
They came over to pick up the goats and the chickens. I thought I might run away into the woods with the chickens, but in the end I decided to do the right thing.
In no time, everybody was loaded onto the boat, along with all their paraphernalia. From left to right: Molly, several nameless hens, Chevron the rooster, more hens, Gaia, and Molly's kid Heidi.
Anna was glad to see them all again, and they were glad to see her.
Leroy cast off.
The goats --especially Molly -- missed Mary. Often we saw Molly standing quietly, gazing off in the direction of Pubnico with a mournful expression.
I think Mary missed her goats, too.
A floating farm.
But -- what's this? Four hens stayed behind. We think you should keep them for us, Mary and Leroy told us.
So we did. They seemed contented enough, and surprisingly able to manage on their own without Chevron to boss them around. He would be shocked if he knew.

4 comments:

Janet said...

Hi Anne: we're having glorious weather over here too! All the great days we didn't get last year - what energizing days they are too.
So glad you now have your own small flock. Also glad that you are "capacity building" on your island and helping it to become the tourism spot it deserves to be.
Nova Scotia needs more "come from aways" like you folks.

Piecefulafternoon said...

Oh I'm so glad some chickens got to stay.

Bonnie J. said...

Really enjoy your blog. Led to it by Ironwood's Heather J. Glad you were able to keep the 4 chickens.

The Happy Wanderer said...

Four new chickens! Can a goat be far behind??