…on the eighth day of Christmas
Remember Nuala and Gobnait? The eight day of Christmas was proving to be very trying for poor Gobnait…and his mother!
Who the hell do you think gave you the right to send eight, hefty maids-a-milking here, to eat us out of house and home ? Their cattle are all over the front lawn and have trampled the hell out of the mother’s rose-beds. The swans invaded the living-room in a sneak attack and the ensuing battle between them and the calling birds, turtle doves, French hens and partridge make the Battle of the Somme seem like Wanderly Wagon. The mother is on a bottle of whiskey a day, as well as the sixty grains of Valium. I’m very annoyed with you. Gobnait
Other famous milkmaids…
The Milkmaid, 1658 by Jan Vermeer
The Milk Maid, 1878 by Winslow Homer
In the Pasture by Julien Dupre
Milkmaid with Cows by Julien Dupre