It was beautiful weather last weekend (not this weekend though – it’s been so cold that I’ve already busted out my heater, two pairs of socks and thick winter blanket – and it’s only October!!!) so the lovely Maya and I headed over to a park for a lakeside picnic (consisting primarily of cinnamon rolls and other deliciously calorific bakery treats) and while we were there, I decided to get a few shots of her for the blog.
As a funny aside, whilst we were eating our lunch, we noticed a bunch of ducks in the lake, so we decided to feed them. This was going really well until we suddenly got noticed by what must surely have been the world’s largest, angriest goose who literally STORMED over towards us, honking, hollaring and flapping his wings in a furious fashion that was seriously frightening. We thought it was funny and were about to take a photo of him until it became very clear that he was not afraid of us and was hell bent on attacking us/grabbing our food (I think he wanted to be fed too).
There was a young family and an old couple walking their dog near us too, and they fled up the hill as soon as this angry bird bumrushed onto the scene and after a second, we quickly decided that we should get the hell up the hill too ASAP because this goose literally came up to my neck and I remembered reading somewhere that they are strong enough to break bones with their wings.
So we scrambled up this little hill, with the bench between us and this furious honking, hissing goose staring death daggers at us from the other side, when we suddenly realise that we left our food and camera equipment on the bench!! The goose seemed to realise this at about the same time as he started furiously nudging our expensive lenses and cameras out of the way in order to steal our food!!!!
Now, furious bone-smashing wing-flapping goose or not, I’ll be damned if someone is going to steal my cinnamon roll (we pandas don’t mess around when it comes to food) so I run back down the hill, grab this curtain rod which I was using to prop up the reflector board for the shoot, and start jabbing at the goose whilst Maya flanks around the other side and grabs our stuff, then scrambles up the hill to safety.
I was tempted to give the goose a good couple of baseball-bat-style whacks across the neck, but I decided that violently beating a goose to death in a public park in front of a myriad of witnesses probably wasn’t the best idea in the world. (I can just see the headlines now: “Gaijin arrested on suspicion of bludgeoning a goose to death with a curtain rod in an otherwise idyllic saturday afternoon in front of horrified children and families. Full story at 10.”) Not to mention that there was probably a pretty good chance that curtain rod notwithstanding, that goose would have kicked my ass.
Anyway, he got bored of terrifying us after a while (plus we threw some bread the other direction to distract him) and finally left us alone. All’s well that ends well, I suppose, but let me tell you, we spent the rest of the afternoon taking photos with both eyes nervously open hahaha.
A few more photos below.
Okay, that’s it, thanks for reading! I hope to have a follow up post for the JLPT series soon, so stay tuned!
Now listening to “Armin van Buuren – In and Out of Love (feat. Sharon den Adel)”