Yeeeees ... and what might youuu be doing down there? Hmmmmm? by BettinaSchwarz

Yeeeees ... and what might youuu be doing down there? Hmmmmm? by 

My lovely neighbour Liz, whom you all met from the wedding images I’d posted some time back, works at Wellgate Community Farm

A few weeks ago Liz came home late … cold, hungry & tired … she’d been called back to the farm ’cause the new addition had been delivered … a little calf called Jacob

I decided it’s time I headed out to the farm & had a little look at what a city farm looks like and how it functions and how it serves the community etc etc …

All in all a very interesting experience for me … I used to do farming insurance whilst living in South Africa … went to the Royal Agricultural show every year, listened to talks about cattle, and sheep and milk and meat, weather and grain, drought and rain … I’ve walked across maize fields hammered and destroyed by hail … walked through abattoirs … been given 10kg bags of potatoes to take home or some eggs or milk or fresh chicken …

My visit to the community farm was a whole new experience … where animals have names and chickens get powdered every six weeks to get rid of the fleas or mite or whatever they get …
Kids walk about in gumboots helping with the chores, learning that milk does not come out of a carton in the big fridge at Tesco’s but actually from a cow … that honey is made by bees and bees collect pollen and … etc etc …

I thoroughly enjoyed morning at the farm … I shall certainly return, camera in hand, for the next function there, when the next lot of babies are born, or simply when the weather is a touch friendlier than today :)

I had a blast with some of these shots & shall share some here … More can be viewed in the gallery I’m compiling here

17 October 2009
Wellgate Community Farm, Collier Row Road, Collier Row, Romford, RM5 2BH

Canon EOS 450D 28-135mm lens

I’m in love with life and have found photography to be a richly rewarding medium within which to capture precious and fleeting moments and feelings. Because I know from first hand experience that time is fleeting and moments pass, I make the most of every situation and open myself to the richness of every experience. I hope that this is expressed in the images I create and share :) Visit me at

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  • Erhan OZBIYIK
    Erhan OZBIYIKover 5 years ago

    WOW WOW WOW !! Look who s posing !!! OMG !! I am sure a wonderful soul…
    Wonderful shot Bettina :)
    Great Hugs :)

  • oh Erhan :) thank you! … a precious soul indeed :) love this girl to bits :) tons of character!! :))
    Hugs right back at you!
    ~ Tina

    – BettinaSchwarz

  • JudyBJ
    JudyBJover 5 years ago

    so cute and a lovely shot

  • thanks so much Judy :) glad you like this curious little lady ;)

    – BettinaSchwarz

  • Mark Tull
    Mark Tullover 5 years ago

    That startled ‘flash glare’ look ;o)

  • lol … :) except I hate flashes, especially close-up on things with eyes, ’cause it just ’aint nice …
    She actually just got fascinated by the clicking of the shutter … a few minutes prior she looked terribly bored!!!
    light source from a window behind me and a door to my right …
    amazing what cranking up the ISO can do … except of course the noise is a nasty side effect … noise reduction tool shrinks the file size massively … maybe I really should start shooting in RAW …

    – BettinaSchwarz

  • Tom Broderick IPA
    Tom Broderick IPAover 5 years ago

    great shot . tom

  • thank you so much Tom :)

    – BettinaSchwarz

  • imagic
    imagicover 5 years ago

    HI Bettina anohter great shot from you hand.
    And you’re right, he looks a little superior – while he looks down at the photographer.

  • chuckles yeah … I’d stepped off a ledge & was kneeling (careful not to kneel squarely in poop) and tried to make myself as small as possible & look up at her … she became quite fascinated with my strange antics … so fascinated she even forgot where she was & slipped off the ledge!!! I thought goats are sure-footed things!! ;)

    – BettinaSchwarz

  • karenbrodie
    karenbrodieover 5 years ago

    Glad you had such a great time, this little Goat is a beauty. On my way home from work, I travel through lots of countryside, and I pass this little house that has too goats. A young man works on the farm behind the house and every day this goat stands on a fence and watches this young guy walk away home, I swear that goat misses this young guy, it’s so cute…. every day. If there was somewhere to stop and take a photo of this I would… precious :))

  • oh Karen … that is such a lovely story!! I do hope you find somewhere to park & get a shot or two :))

    – BettinaSchwarz

  • PS … goats just have such character, don’t they? :))

    – BettinaSchwarz

  • lorilee
    lorileeover 5 years ago

    What a funny expression you’ve capture on this one!!!!! Wonderful!!

  • thank you so much lorilee :)) I was delighted when she began to pose so sweetly ;)

    – BettinaSchwarz

  • DonDavisUK
    DonDavisUKover 5 years ago

    Awesome capture Bettina. Love the eyes.

  • :) I reckon it’s the eye & those pursed lips …
    as she was looking down at me like that I was having a giggle telling her that the pose is perfect and she should hold it & keep that look going …
    a father and his daughter had come in behind me … they looked bemused at my enthusiasm & commentary … chuckles … must have been a sight and a half I guess …
    anyway – thanks for your very encouraging comment Don :)

    – BettinaSchwarz

  • Meg Hart
    Meg Hartover 5 years ago

    “I say….I seem to have misplaced my monacle….I don’t suppose you’ve seen it old chap?”…Seriously amusing capture Bettina..!

  • ROFL … I love it! love it
    his monocle, huh? … you’re right – it would suit perfectly :))
    Thank you so much for the laugh :))
    ~ Tina

    – BettinaSchwarz

  • clickinhistory
    clickinhistoryover 5 years ago

    lol you survived the camera strap and any other clothing being eaten then? ;) Years ago friend’s farm had goats who were known locally as Steve and McQueen for their ability to escape and eat everything they found. Wonderful angle

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