The Fox, the Goose and Bag of Beans

Shamelessly stolen from Wikipedia….

Once upon a time a farmer went to a market and purchased a fox, a goose, and a bag of beans. On his way home, the farmer came to the bank of a river and rented a boat. But crossing the river by boat, the farmer could carry only himself and a single one of his purchases: the fox, the goose, or the bag of beans.

If left unattended together, the fox would eat the goose, or the goose would eat the beans.

The farmer’s challenge was to carry himself and his purchases to the far bank of the river, leaving each purchase intact. How did he do it?


Well that was us today.  We needed to move Lilja, Brá and Hetja.  One horsevan for two horses and no one can be left on their own.

So, with the help of Daisy and Flossie, we caught Fivla and took her out of the field.

We caught Lilja and loaded her (she was such a good girl – huge hugs and nose kisseys for my princess) and then loaded Fivla leaving Brá and Hetja behind.

We drove Lilja and Fivla over to Leradale.

We left them there.

Then we drove back, caught and loaded Brá and Hetja.

And drove them over to Leradale, quickly removing Fivla before we put them in (as Hetja hates all things Shetland pony with a terrible rage).

We re-loaded Fivla and drove her back to Thordale leaving Lilja, Brá and Hetja now happily munching in their new winter field.

Once at Thordale, we unloaded Fivla.

We took Fivla over to live with Waffle, who is here awaiting his travel injections tomorrow.

We removed Haakon and Iacs, who had been keeping Waffle company these past few days.

We put Haakon and Iacs into the big field, opened the gate and shouted for the others to come through as well.

There was a lovely reunion.  They do all hate being split up.

And the sun was going down.  Many jobs well done.

So how do you move the goose, the beans and the bloody fox then?  Pretty much like that!

4 thoughts on “The Fox, the Goose and Bag of Beans

  1. janet ainsworth

    you must have needed some energy drinks/top ups whilst going backwards and forwards..but didn’t those little ponies
    look happy when reunited…job well done!

  2. Jayne

    take the goose overand leave. Go back for the beans. leave the beans and take the goose back across. leave the goose and take the fox. leave the fox with the beans and go back for the goose.

  3. Sam

    Thank goodness Fivla is a good traveller. And Where is Waffle off to???
    Got my Advent Calendar on 111/30. THANK YOU!!!!!


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