Sunday, March 2, 2014
Sunday Reading - Goat Throwing
Way in the back of the barn for years set an old trebuchet. It was about 8 foot high at the top of the supports with the arm extending at least another four foot or so above that. Every time some new visitor would see it they would ask why it was there and my response was always the same.
It is a goat deterrent.
I finally removed that little piece of medieval siege weaponry this past Summer. Taking all the useable hardware and lumber off of it and burning the rest. The true story of the siege engine was that a group of us built a few different engines back several years ago for a class one of us were taking and also for a reenactment event. However that was not the story I told my Mother.
At the time she had convinced me to move out here rent free but she would keep her animals and all here but own the place. Now this may sound all generous until you know a bit about farm type animal insurance and keeping them in a location that no one lives in and yet still has structures. Believe me the deal she was offering wasn't for my benefit.
Back then my mother was even worse about bringing home useless animals and one day she showed up with three goats. It just so happens that it was right after that the trebuchet construction started and the goats began running around tearing stuff up and head butting people.
When she asked why I was building a trebuchet I told her that when it was finished I was going to fling the goats from it.
It took us about a month or so to finish the trebuchet and by the time it was finished the goats were gone. :)
I left that thing in the barn all these years as a reminder that goats were not allowed on the place and it worked. After I gave up on this place for a few years then came back the old trebuchet was still there, still doing it's job. Once I was pretty confident that although I wasn't going to get rid of the useless nags still on the place my buying it had finally stopped the useless animal acquisition I decided to finally get rid of it.
However is any more head butting goats show up I will start building another one. I still have all the plans and design paperwork somewhere.
I like sheep I have just never been a big fan of goats :)
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