Tales of the Village: Roastie the Turkey

@boiboing (12881)
Northampton, England
April 17, 2016 2:09pm CST
Back in November I wrote a post - don't worry, I don't expect you to remember - about the village turkey, a chatty fellow who goes by the name of 'Roastie'. I had been quite concerned that for several months I hadn't hear Roastie whilst taking my frequent walks around the village. I'll admit that I was worried that he might have got sick, been attacked by a very brave fox or - God forbid - he'd turned into Christmas dinner. Yesterday's walk around the village brought a smile to my face. Not only did I spot one of the Siamese twins (the two young Siamese brothers we used to see back in the summer and hadn't seen since) but we also had a chat with the bullocks and then bumped into several of our favourite dogs. The highlight though was hearing Roastie making his gurgling, gobbling noise as we passed his gate. I'm glad the old fella' is still in good voice but I do wonder if he just stopped singing until spring.
In our village we have a lot of people who keep pets. Walking around each evening we stop to say hello to passing dogs, stroke the odd cat and chatter to the...
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@MALUSE (43628)
• Uzbekistan
17 Apr 16
Roastie is not a good name for a turkey.Was it chosen because its fate is to be roasted one day?
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@boiboing (12881)
• Northampton, England
17 Apr 16
No, it's an ironic name to reflect what he was saved from.
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@Drosophila (16699)
• Ireland
17 Apr 16
lol I actually do remember roastie.. :D glad to hear no gravy just yet
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@boiboing (12881)
• Northampton, England
18 Apr 16
I think Roastie's mum would get lynched if he went in the pot. He's quite the local celebrity.
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@Drosophila (16699)
• Ireland
19 Apr 16
@boiboing lol he'll prolly get a proper burial and all
@Jessicalynnt (47880)
• Centralia, Missouri
17 Apr 16
he had Laryngitis, or perhaps was taking a mini turkation to Greece, Turkey, or the Big apple, or other food related places.
@boiboing (12881)
• Northampton, England
18 Apr 16
Perhaps he took a vow of silence and entered a turkey monastery.
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• United States
17 Apr 16
Your walks sound interesting, seeing old friends!
@boiboing (12881)
• Northampton, England
18 Apr 16
Some days I can do the whole circuit and see almost nobody (animal wise) but the bullocks are still a fixture. Once they get moved on from the barn, we'll lose some sense of continuity. At the moment they're there every day and all the other animals are randomly dispersed. Some days you run into them, some days they're all in hiding.
17 Apr 16
Are you sure it was Roastie? Maybe it was a new Roastie to replace the one who was eaten for Christmas dinner? *gasp*
@boiboing (12881)
• Northampton, England
17 Apr 16
Roastie Junior. Hmm, that's a thought. It could just be they were keeping him under cover when it was cold - maybe in the back garden or in a shed.
@Corbin5 (116275)
• United States
17 Apr 16
I bet you were pleasantly surprised when you hear Roastie! Glad he is well and happy!
@boiboing (12881)
• Northampton, England
18 Apr 16
I will admit I'd been listening out for him and I couldn't remember the last time I'd heard him so it was a relief to know he's OK. I've still never 'met' him even though his mum did say "feel free to drop round if you're passing" on Facebook. I just don't quite know how I'd do that. "Hello Mrs, is Roastie at home please?"