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Grandpa's Visit and The Tale of Billy Whiskers

As many of you know, we had the extreme honor of hosting Sweetbreads’ 100 yr old Grandpa George a couple weeks ago. He flew from Florida by himself and was accompanied at the farm by my Mother In-Law, who it wouldn't have been possible without. She made the visit seamless.

It was an amazing experience to be able to sit down and chat with someone who had been through so much and was still lucid about each aspect of history. George was a chicken farmer back in the 30's, a jazz musician, and always an active member of his communities. He is quite a remarkable man, and who knows, maybe he’ll be back!

I wanted to share with you one of the highlights of the trip for all of us. O
nce the sun went down out came the book "Billy Whiskers, The Autobiography of a Goat". Since we don't have TV, and listening to the radio gets a little old after a while, I read a few chapters out of Billy Whiskers each evening. 

You'll have to read the story for yourself, but as you can imagine, it's the tale of a mischevious and adventuresome goat. It was written in 1903! Quite a wonderful and hilarious tale (although parents these days would probably throw a fit over some of the descriptions of the incidents...).

Below is the link where I found to the story. Maybe one day I'll come across a hardcopy. 

Best enjoyed on a cool winter evening with a warm glass of mulled wine.

http://www.childrensbooksonline.org/Billy_Whiskers/pages/001_Billy_Whiskers.htm


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