1782. Developing varieties of sweet pea

Dermot’s neighbour had a pet goat. The goat kept jumping over the fence.

Dermot was an enthusiastic gardener. In fact, Dermot was famous throughout the land for the developing of new varieties of sweet peas. Each variety, both in colour and shape, would take several years. There were four of Dermot’s sweet pea varieties available in the shops. The most popular one was called Night Knight. It was a beautiful navy blue.

One time the neighbour’s goat got over the fence and nibbled on one of Dermot’s sweet peas. It put back the development of that variety of sweet pea by several months. Luckily Dermot caught the goat in time, but he gave a warning to the neighbour.

“I earn my living growing sweet peas, so please ensure your goat stays on your side of the fence.”

Anyway, I forgot to mention; Dermot’s wife is an excellent cook. Tonight they’re having grilled goat chops with garlic, oregano and lemon.

16 thoughts on “1782. Developing varieties of sweet pea

  1. Yvonne

    So, are you saying the local butcher has started to sell goat meat, sourced from a nearby farmer? Or, are you trying to tell us something completely different? I get so confused with your stories.

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    1. Bruce Goodman Post author

      No need to get confused because they’re not goat chops at all but guinea fowl wings made to look like goat chops – that the butcher is selling. That;s not the butcher on the corner but the one at the top of the hill as you head east.

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  2. Nitin Lalit

    Dermot’s neighbour was warned. This is why, the old adage says, “One must keep their goats on their side of the fence lest they become mutton chops,” or something like that. I would have added a little chilli to dish. “Revenge is best served spicy,” says the other old adage, I think.

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  3. Herb

    Goat meat is good, but if, as you say, the butcher has been selling guinea fowl wings and making them look like goat meat, well, then it’s probably not like goat meat that I’ve had and likely tastes, as with so many other things people compare foods to, like chicken.

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