Thursday, 11 August 2011

Meating at Funny Bunny Friday

The Wooly Red Steer.
(a true story retold for Funny Bunny Friday at the Purple Treehouse.)

Dan Langan was the oldest man in town, nearing ninety, wiry and strong, he still rode his big white mare around the hilly property. We had a common fence that was an exercise in desperation. What was still standing was held together by baling twine and rust, but with a little repair by me, it seemed to keep my stock in and his out.

That was until the appearance of the wooly red steer. I arrived home to see him, not yet accepted by my four, grazing alone on my side of the fence.
I drove him out my front gate and pushed him into Dan’s place. Then I searched until I found what I thought had been his point of entry and closed the gap.
Next visit he was back.

Bugger. This time he had integrated with mine. They were now mates and would test the fence if they were separated.
It was time to see Dan.

Dan loved a chat and that’s what we had for maybe an hour. A pot of tea and several scones later as Mrs. Langan fussed over us and it was time for business.
‘Well, young feller,’ he said. ‘You didn’t come over here for a chat. What’s on your mind?’

I told him his red steer was back on my side of the fence and maybe we needed to put him in a more secure paddock.
His smile broadened as I spoke until he was laughing.
‘I thought the pest of a thing was yours!’
‘No, he’s not mine.’
‘OK,’ he laughed again. ‘Let’s eat him!’

Photo borrowed from here.


  1. Yes, why not? That's a win-win solution. The best action under the circumstances!

  2. A very practical man, that Mr. Langam.

  3. eat him...oh no
    but that Mr langam sounds like quite a fella

  4. ah thats brill! DId not see that coming at all!


  5. you humor is always unbeatable.

  6. Poor Red. Just when he finds some friends everyone wants to get rid of him.

  7. Oh don't eat him, he's all woolly. Great story. But why do I have the song 'Rawhide' going through my head?

  8. Sounds as though the red steer made a big mis-steak!

  9. This story is vaguely familiar ;) Laughing at Martin - hahaha!

  10. You would have a great party on that one - even at half each!

  11. I love your stories - always! Any left for us magpies?

  12. A llama showed up in our neighbor hood the same way. Since only one neighbor owned llamas, everyone thought it was his. The story was pretty much the same, with the llama going wherever it wanted. It got to be real nuisance.

  13. No one spins a yarn quite like you ... I loved this story the first time around, even more today.

  14. Stafford dear, I finally printed my poetry. Thanks for the advice (many months ago)...

  15. That's a funny story! Well written, too!

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  16. oh lovely red cow- I love these Scottish beauties! Great story- Stafford!

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