The Big Goose

There’s something so Australian and so 1980s about “The Big…” (fill in the blanks). The Big Pineapple, The Giant Earthworm, The Big Banana – just to name a few. (I happened to look up a few more if you are interested; most are outlined in this article).

It is with amusement that I visited “The Big Goose” with my family last weekend , wondering whether I would be met with an inflatable or giant feathered thing on arrival. I wasn’t, but I certainly was accosted by several geese who made sure I knew they were the resident mascots! Further to my amusement was a runaway guinea-pig. When I asked the keeper if I should catch the fugitive, I was met with a broad grin and informed that it escaped so often, they decided to just let it roam free!

I asked my toddler whether she liked the rabbits or the guinea-pigs best and she exclaimed, “the daddy pigs!”. Ha ha! Pigs and pandas are two of her favourite animals. Hopefully she wasn’t trying to backhandedly insult her father like Peppa Pig does!

The sheepdog wasn’t doing its best “death-stare” and so it had to repeat the sheep round-up after failing to be of much use in front of the audience!

It was a great place to visit , with its ostriches, kangaroos, alpacas, many bird species and baby animals to feed . The animals were well behaved in the reptile talk (don’t worry – no crocs!) and the camels and goats were not as scary to feed as I imagined!

While the farm wasn’t marked by a “Big” frontage, it was a sprawling place with plenty to do and scored a “big” thumbs up from our kids.

Published by mezruth

I enjoy personal writing (poetry and prose), editing and reading. I want to share my writing with a new audience, dusting off some of my older poems as well as writing new material. The aim is to encourage and inspire!

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