This past weekend brought a couple of special events to our little piece of Planet Earth.
The first one: our goat Caro discovered she is a goat.
All of a sudden Caro started showing us her Alpine heritage. She found that she could jump up and balance on the 2×4 that is the top of the barrier between the two stalls of our goat barn. It’s a pretty impressive little trick, also very annoying.
To rectify the situation I put up an old window we had as a deterrent, and it seems to have done the job for now.
The other event we had the honor of witnessing was the first annual Cartersville, Virginia Christmas tree lighting. The “coffee club” that meets at the general store each morning decided that our little community needed an event to bring everyone together. On a piece of land next to the bank was placed a donated tree and at precisely 6pm, Spanky, the unofficial mayor of Cartersville, said a few words and the switch was thrown. The 200 or so people who were there sang a few Christmas carols, and the lights from the tree allowed you to see and meet your neighbors. It was truly an event that made this move-to-the-country experiment feel like a great idea.
And Santa Claus even made appearance.
To my new found community, Merry Christmas.