Yesterday evening while I was finishing up my work for the day, I heard the tinkling sound of the little bells that the goats and sheep wear here on the Amalfi Coast. For some reason that sound just makes me inexplicable happy. Smiling, I stopped to listen as they passed through the small piazza outside our garden. But then that tinkling sound got really loud, as if the sheep were IN our garden. “Oh, no,” I thought, “Someone has left the gate open.” I had visions of a nice, plump sheep munching away at my new gardenia. I looked out the window to instead see the overgrown terrace above our garden filled with sheep and goats!
How perfect! I’ve always joked about getting a goat to cut down on the weeds next door so they stop growing into our garden. This was the perfect solution as this crowd of goats and sheep were clearly happy to have such a feast before them. They worked away for about an hour, while some of the goats explored the area. I do suspect they were trying to figure out how to get to my gardenia down below!
Just listen to that wonderful sound! I had the windows open and the house filled with their happy calls and tinkling bells. This morning I can see the real dent that they made, and I hope they come back soon to work on the lower terrace.