November 28, 2017 1:54pm CST
When I was a young wife with two small children, I chose to stay at home with them, rather than go out to work. Consequently, money was a bit tight, so one year we decided to raise our own geese for the Christmas table. So, with five friends we bought 6 young goslings. The deal was that my husband and I would look after them, as we were the ones with the land, and our friends would buy the necessary food. Now let me tell you that geese are evil creatures - they hissed at and frightened the children, they honked at all hours of the day and night, and they even pecked a hole in our conservatory door. On top of all that, they didn't even get fat. Looking back, we probably should have kept them cooped up instead of giving them loads of space to run around in, but I've always thought that any creature should be as free as possible. Anyway, they repaid us by remaining relatively scrawny, and after we'd paid someone to do the deed (to kill and pluck them), we found we'd hardly saved any money at all. They didn't even taste good, though this could have been because while I was eating, I was seeing them alive in my mind's eye. I've always been like that, as though I eat meat, fish and fowl, I don't want any reminders that they were once living creatures. That's why I never have fish in those restaurants where you can see them swimming around in tanks, and choose which one you want - no thank you. So our venture into geese-keeping was never repeated. We go the conventional route and settle for shop-bought turkey now. Have you had any frustrating experiences when trying to save money? Photo from Pixabay
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• United States
Because it is likely I would think of an animal I'm taking care of as a pet rather than something to eventually eat, I couldn't do it . Growing indoor herbs frustrate me. There are some herbs I would just love to have on hand in the kitchen . . . just to take a snip of when I'm cooking - I only need a little. Most of the store herbs come in too big of a bunch for me . . . so I figured growing them would be cheaper as I wouldn't need too much of it at a time, and it wouldn't be wasteful. Well, I get a couple uses, and then the plants shrivel and die . . . I can't tell you how many little herb plants/pots I've bought that did not survive . . . in fact I've lost 2 thyme plants recently.
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• United States
@jaboUK I guess even nasty geese can still be familiar faces - maybe they weren't nice, but you'd definitely get to know and remember them with their strong personalities. Herbs - I seem to find it easy to not keep them alive !
• United States
When we first started out and when our son was little, we tried to save money by doing home repairs all by ourselves. The results of our DIY work often did not turn out well at all. If we had had YouTube videos back then, we just may have found quite a few videos to help us fix things ourselves. My husband was installing French doors between the kitchen and the family room, but he broke the ceiling fan due to hitting it with the ladder during the install process. The doors were always a bit "off" too.
• Bunbury, Australia
Our worst experience with home-grown meat was fattening a runt pig. We didn't even give him a name and tried not to be friends but he was loved a scratch and was very sociable. We did save money but it nearly broke our hearts.
• United States
My father's words of wisdom, out of many, were to never scrimp when it comes to food. i used to go with my father to buy chickens for dinner way back when you could choose any live one you fancied. I could never look at them. Our new daughter-in-law became a vegan five months ago. She sent me a link regarding how awful the treatment of animals is and how unhealthy. Since I do love my meat, fish, shellfish, and poultry, I didn't open the link.
I agree that geese are evil creatures, they scared me when I was a kid, ducks are small and a lot more friendly. I would have been unable to eat the goose. I cannot eat animals that I have seen alive, my stomach refuses the food and I feel sad and frustrated.
• United States
I do not eat meat but I can completely understand why you do not want to know what you eat like picking out your own fish to be killed and cooked for you at the restaurant. Did you raise the geese from birth or get them when they were a little older?
Me too Long long back my father bought two hens and they were put in the court yard tied up with a string , to be eaten the next day. Within the night they were named Blackie and Brownie by us kids and my parents had to build a henhouse for them were they stayed on for years and laid eggs and had chickens instead of going into the cooking pot. We cried and cried and the water power saved their lives. PS...Are you all in Spain now?
Being a vegetarian all my life I do not face this issue of thinking that the food I was eating was alive a while ago. However, one friend told me even plants have life! I was rather fortunate that I earned more than my needs and so saving was a natural accretion though not much to have a blast - siva
• Fairfield, Texas
I know what you mean about a critter being in your minds eye when eating @jaboUK . I definitely won't do the Lobster thing if seen swimming. I do have to say though that when me and (you know who) had the Organic Farm, the chickens we had were strictly for egg laying. The eggs sold so fast (as they were Jumbo), that the chickens could hardly keep up. You guys might have made more money by having a veggie garden. Seeds are cheap and the bounty is excellent.
• Boise, Idaho
This reminds me of the movie I was watching again the other night. Friendly Persuasion with Gary Cooper and Dorothy McGuire. Such a good film about a family of Quakers during the time of the Civil War. Some Union soldiers come to their farm and one soldier is going to eat the pet goose. He has it in his arms. Dorothy's character picks up the broom on the porch and beats the soldier with it explaining that this goose is a pet. When Gary Cooper's character learns of this he is appalled since she is the one that is usually spouting the Quaker gospel all the time which includes not harming another person. It's a cute movie.
Only six geese? I remembered seeing someone with a small block of land, perhaps 15 m x 30 m (I was only a little child at the time, everything seemed to look big back then), but she has a flock of about 20 or 30. They were worse than evil, they chased after anyone who dared pass that high and fancy gate/fence (that family was very wealthy I heard). My sister, who was a friend of the owner's daughter, was chased and 'bitten' on the bum once or twice. Strange, I remembered those awful geese as giant, white and with a very long neck. The ones I saw on youtube were so like white ducks (small). Could my childhood memory distort things that bad?
• United Kingdom
@YrNemo We only wanted six - one each for everyone. I think our memories can get distorted - for instance I remember it being sunny all the time. I don't think so - this was England! But I think you've remembered right about the geese being evil
@jaboUK Until this day, my sister still hates geese with a certain intensity, while I end up having a healthy respect for those pretty but loud creatures! (They are really loud, I don't know how that family could 'farm' geese like that in their yard.)