farm museum


This year I finally made it to the little farm museum and reading room–you know that smell of wood and dust that you get at the top of a barn on a hot day? Add to that the scent of old paper from antique newspapers and books, and then the sounds–creaking floors from visitors walking, one man sawing boards for a bench downstairs, the breeze, horses outside and crowds beyond that. 


But seriously. Lately, I have been reading a lot of articles about goats doing cool things. This may be because Google/Facebook (together, unstoppable) know exactly what I’m interested in and that is pretty much “all goats all the time." 

So maybe I am just being shown goat stuff because I always click on it. Maybe this prevalence is not indicative of actual goat popularity outside my brain. However, I do think in many public (and private) spaces we’re seeing more attempts to use "natural” methods of control. (Like making lawns into meadows, using goats to clear brush instead of bulldozers, encouraging predator species rather than spraying chemicals to control certain insects.) 

Full disclosure: these goats are just hanging out at an outdoor museum in Sweden and their job is mainly to “look cute” and “make funny noises to entertain small children." 


Prehistoric Village at the Yorkshire Museum of Farming, York, 22.5.16.