A Sicilian Goatherd

28 Apr

Herding on a bike

We were out for a walk along the Ciane River and down the road came this herd of goats followed by this ancient goatherd on a bike.  The bike looked like it was on its last legs as well. The goats panicked as they passed us running and jumping over each other.  They took a sharp left toward their grazing field and the farmer stopped to talk with us. He had on a old suit with a cap. Stood about 4′ 11″ and had one tooth, on the right side. He chatted away in Italian.  Said the goats were running because they were hungry and just saw the field where they were eating lunch. I was petting his beautiful herding dog and he said the she was 15…old like him.  Pretty amazing we got all this when he was speaking Italian, eh?  Many arm gestures were involved.  He was willing to keep talking, goatherding must be pretty solitary, but we said “Ciao.”

He rattled off across the open field on his bike.

4 Responses to “A Sicilian Goatherd”

  1. Dede April 28, 2012 at 4:15 pm #

    Such an inviting title, but I don’t see a message or photo!! Is it me? Am I doing something wrong? I have seen the other entries and am so happy to read them.
    Is anyone else having difficulty seeing this one??

    • jill54321 April 29, 2012 at 4:01 am #

      Dede and All,
      Now there should be the photo with the little story. My internet connection is so slow I have to compose the entries in many sessions of entering and waiting and saving. You saw the entry before it was complete. Sorry for this technical glitch but just keep checking in. I will get it all entered, eventually. Miss Jill

      • Dede April 30, 2012 at 2:41 pm #

        Oh Jill, it was so worth the wait. What a great story and the picture was even better than I imagined.

      • jill54321 April 30, 2012 at 3:54 pm #

        Thank you Dede. J

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