"Children do not need to be made to learn about the world, or shown how. They want to, and they know how." -John Holt

Thursday, April 12, 2007

Goats Galore!

Gabriel and Simone donned their farmer overalls yesterday and set off for Harvard, MA to visit Dragonfly Farm for another round of Nigerian Dwarf goats.

This time there were a bunch of goat kids to enjoy. The human kids fell in love with them instantly. You couldn't help but laugh watching them frolick around (the goat ones!).

Lucky for us, Joanne, the goat lady, saved a couple of goats to milk so we could watch. We were all impressed with the speed the milk came out, how fast the bucket was filled, and the relative ease of milking miniature teats! I was eager to get my hands in there myself but with Caden in the sling it wasn't gonna happen...

This little spotted guy was a friendly favorite...

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